Using the Internet as a source of information and support: a discussion paper on the risks and benefits for children and young people with long-term conditions

Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor


Children and young people who have long-term conditions are likely to seek healthrelated information via the Internet. Because of their continuing contact with children with such conditions, primary care practitioners may be well placed to discuss with them and their families the risks and benefits of accessing information online. This includes not only the relative merits of particular sites but also more general online safety issues. To achieve this, it may be helpful for primary care practitioners to consider how they view risk in general, the risks associated with the Internet and the vulnerabilities of children and young people, particularly those with long-term conditions.


children; Internet; long-term conditions; young people

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