Social Media & Safeguarding
Today, children and young people use social media in many ways: as an integral part of their education, to connect with friends and peers, for entertainment, creativity, self-expression, and gaming. The internet is available at their fingertips 24/7 and at the touch of a button children and young people can access a diverse range of Apps, connect across the world, and share their life with anyone. However, and particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, the NSPCC has reported a rise of online abuse, grooming and inappropriate images with figures reaching 2 million in one month.
Professionals who work directly with children and young people who wish to extend their knowledge of the dangers of social media, understand the vulnerabilities of children and young people and gain a positive safeguarding approach to online abuse.
- To gain an understanding of safeguarding in relation to online activities.
- To understand different online abuse, including cyberbullying, emotional, sexting, sexual abuse, and grooming.
- To be able to recognise and identify online abuse.
- To gain knowledge of how Apps such as TikTok, Facebook and Instagram can be utilised for online abuse.
- To understand the impact of online abuse on children and young people.
- To gain practical strategies to protect children and young people from online abuse.
- To identify appropriate codes of conduct for adults in positions of responsibility.
- To have an awareness and understanding of key legislation
- Learners will be able to identify resources to build children and young people’s skills online.
- Learners will be able to identify the different kinds of online abuse and recognise indicators of abuse.
- Learners will be able to distinguish the different components of the 3 C’s risks.
- Learners will know how to report issues of abuse online and offline
- Learners will understand how to address safeguarding in relation to social media.