At National Online Safety, we provide multi-award-winning online safety education for the whole school community. It’s our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that when children go online to learn, communicate or play, they should be able to do so safely. That’s why we provide schools all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to tackle new and evolving online risks.
Many of the things we do online require giving our permission, or asking for that of others. What does this mean for young people, and why is it such a crucial concept for them to grasp? Our bite-size explainer video explores the issue of digital consent.
What is digital consent?
Digital consent is about asking, seeking and receiving permission online. Examples of digital consent include asking for permission before sharing someone else’s images, videos, posts or text messages online. Digital consent also includes ensuring that children and young people have the right to decide if they allow their content to be used by someone else and how they would like to manage their privacy online. It should be treated the same way as offline consent. Respecting another person’s privacy is important both online and offline.
For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.