Challenges for young people with special educational needs

The internet can be a great platform for young people with additional needs to communicate with others without the added challenge of face to face contact. However, it can be challenging for them to differentiate between what information, images and videos are ok to share with others online, and what is not ok to share, and who we could share it with.

Autistic young people, in particular, tend to be very trusting and honest which could lead to them sharing information, images and videos with strangers online.

The internet comes with an added ambiguity that there is no hard and fast rule that will work for every situation.

Often, we have to assess the situation for ourselves and carefully consider the level of risk. Young people with additional needs will need to be supported in differentiating not only what a stranger is online, but also what you should and shouldn’t share with them.