Last week the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote an open letter to internet giants such as Facebook and Google threatening them with new government laws to force more change in protecting children online. At Fegans we welcome all moves made by the government to make the internet safer for children – and are well aware of the mental health dangers of exposure to inappropriate material, online bullying and the ‘selfie’ culture that can seriously damage young self esteem.
However we are a mental health charity, and it is out of our hands to create new laws, or force regulation on internet companies that hold so much responsibility for our children’s mental health. But what can we do? We can support the children who enter our counselling rooms every day, worried about bullying online. We can support parents on our parenting programs on how to enforce boundaries at home. We can also share our knowledge and support parents online and at our events.
On Wednesday 9th May we will be holding a Fegans Parent Talk titled ‘Your Child Online’, at St John’s Church in Tunbridge Wells – speakers will include:
Lawrence Taylor, a Sussex Policeman who will discuss the dangers of online predators, and how we can keep safe
Vicky Bellman, a Fegans’ counsellor who will discuss the emotional impact of the new digital era on children and teenagers
Cathy Hampson, a qualified and experienced counsellor who knows the full impact good parenting and emotional support can have on a child’s future
At this event we will provide practical tips for parents to implement at home, to help and nuture their children as they embark on a online journey our generation has not experienced. This is a new world, but together we can take our own responsibility for making it a safe one.
Last week the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote an open letter to internet giants such as Facebook and Google threatening them with new government laws to force more change in protecting children online.