Keeping children in care safe online

Most children in care use the internet safely but there are risk factors which can make them more vulnerable online. There are steps we can take to help keep them safe.

Recommended reading for parents, carers and professionals.

Children in care

The online world can present many benefits and opportunities to young people, particularly for children in care.

Research has found that young people in care can benefit from the psychological, emotional and social support provided by social media networks (University of East Anglia, 2018). Positive online networks can help to reduce physical and psychological isolation, and can provide organisational support as children become more independent.

However as well as benefits, the online world does carry risks for children in care, particularly those who are vulnerable due to early experiences or the instability of being in care.

For more information and advice. Read at source: Keeping children in care safe online

Also worth reading:

Children & Young People’s Mental Health in the Digital Age Shaping the Future

Young People, Social Media and Health –why we should focus on adult digital literacy

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