Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords

Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report.

 

Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues.

 

The internet is "hugely beneficial" but children need awareness of its hazards, said committee chairman Lord Best.

 

Industry leaders said education was key to keeping children safe online.

 

The Lords report builds on findings by the Children's Commissioner for Englandin January that the internet is not designed for children, despite them being the biggest users by age group.

 

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