All children and adults can be vulnerable online; vulnerability can fluctuate depending on age, developmental stage and personal circumstances. There are some learners, for example, looked after children and those with special educational needs and disabilities, who may be more susceptible to online harm or have less support in staying safe online.
Education settings should ensure vulnerable learners receive specific and targeted information when teaching about online safety. The following resources can help education settings consider how best to support their most vulnerable learners stay safe online:
- Internet Matters: Vulnerable Children in a Digital World
- UKCIS: Children’s online activities, risks and safety - section 11
- Childnet: STAR SEN Toolkit