Children should learn ‘digital literacy’ alongside the Rs, peers say –

Teaching children about the internet should be as important as the three Rs, with youngsters given the skills to keep safe online, a committee of peers has recommended.

The House of Lords Communications Committee also warned that self-regulation online was failing and suggested the Government should consider forcing major industry players to sign up to a code of conduct if they refuse to comply with child-friendly standards.

A new internet tsar – the children’s digital champion – should be appointed to co-ordinate action across government and stand up to the industry, the cross-party panel said.

Setting out its call for “digital literacy” to form a key part of the curriculum, the peers said “online responsibilities, social norms and risks” should be included in mandatory, Ofsted-inspected personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) lessons.


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