When it comes to child safety, why do we think of the online and offline worlds as different?

Offline, the environment supports young people with signs and expected behaviour from others in the community – the green man, zebra crossings, speed limits and other responsible adults.

Going online and playing video games may be more complex and diverse than crossing the road, but it illustrates that we should change the nature of our approach and interventions in the digital world with children’s growing competencies and changing vulnerabilities.

We need to start thinking about the two worlds in the same way.