Charlie Benson

Education Officer

Charlie joined the Childnet team in April 2020. Prior to this, Charlie studied English Literature at The University of Sheffield, and then completed his PGCE at UCL Institute of Education. He then went on to become a secondary school English teacher for six and a half years. During this time, he also taught Media, Drama and Religious Studies. Charlie was also a Head of Year, a role that provided him with invaluable experience of the pastoral care of young people, experience that he brings to his role at Childnet.

Charlie’s hobbies include reading, playing video games and travelling. Although it may be easy to worry about the potential negative impacts of the internet, Charlie believes that there are many positive ways that young people can use the internet safely, enjoyably and productively.

My top online safety tip:

Be wary of online sources that allow anonymous communication, as this can become hurtful and upsetting quite quickly. Screenshot any communication that makes you feel uncomfortable and show it to an adult that you trust. Do not engage with it and, if you are able to, block the sender. Instead, use the internet to speak with your close friends in a supportive and collaborative way.