Lockdown digital safeguarding for carers of secondary age children

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An online event for foster carers and practitioners to explore how to keep children and young people safe and resilient using technology.

Thursday, 16 July, 2020
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Learning outcomes

There are unique challenges presented by the current coronavirus lockdown in the UK for parents, carers and practitioners. Undoubtedly one of these is the increase in technology and mobile devices young people now need and want access to whilst they remain out of school and away from their social networks. The rapid take up of new technologies for children means that families need to increase their awareness and understanding quickly against a backdrop of threats and risks faced by young people online.

We will consider the intense pressures on families at the present time which has made us all more dependent on technology for work, school and social connection. We need to think about how rules might apply differently in the context of this high dependency whilst also making sure we keep our young people safe and healthy. This course will support foster carers and social workers with the challenges of young people increasingly video calling each other, viewing and creating inappropriate content, live streaming, gaming and in some cases bullying or being bullied.

This will provide the foundations for sensible, ethical and balanced guidance on how to navigate these pressures, whilst also acknowledging how the internet provides a world of opportunity and positive benefit for young people in care especially when they currently feel isolated.

This session will:

  • Explore the internet and new technologies in order to learn what young people are doing now, what technology and apps they are using and taking a closer look at what is currently popular for this age group. We will improve understanding of these apps and associated risky behaviours.
  • Offer some practical advice and resources to help your young people stay safe and healthy online.
  • Clarify the key principles of effective education and support to influence young people to make good choices.

This session is delivered by our Associate Trainer Helen King. Helen was the founding Head of Education and then the Head of Communications at the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. Helen was one of the founding members of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and a lead on the Home Office working group for safety. Since then, Helen has worked developing Communications.

Booking information

Member rate £10 plus VAT
Non-member rate £20 plus VAT

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