According to the Mental Health Foundation 36% of young people with special educational needs (SEND) have mental health problems compared to 8% of those without.
In their guide ‘Cyberbullying and children and young people with SEN and disabilities’, the Anti Bullying Alliance state that evidence shows that children and young people with SEND are significantly more likely to be bullied or victimised than those without.
The Internet Matters 2019 report ‘Vulnerable children in a digital world’ predicts that young people with SEND are significantly more likely to experience online risks that include sexting under pressure, coercion and blackmail.
We are working with Hertfordshire charity SPACE to address these problems (along with a number of others) by delivering online safety workshops and activity sessions to children with SEND and their families. The bespoke advice we give will help them to develop digital resilience, improving their mental health and emotional well-being. 100% of the SEND parents we have worked with over the past year are worried about their children’s online safety, 92% feel more confident following our workshop.
In November 2019 we launched our eleventh TechSafe app with SPACE called TechSafe - SEND. It's available as a free download from iTunes and Google Play now.