The rise of technology and our reliance on the Internet has changed the world and the way we interact with each other. The impact for young people of being constantly “plugged-in” as they grow and develop is still to be discovered.

There are many positive aspects of social media, but also many potential dangers for children and young people, particularly those in care. Gaming has evolved into a primary form of social activity for many young people so it is important that they are advised on how to use these platforms safely.

This course gives parents and carers the tools to both protect and educate the children in their care.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand why gaming is so popular
  2. Know what the risks of social media and gaming really are
  3. Understand the advantages and what can be learnt from these platforms
  4. Know how to support those addicted to gaming
  5. Have strategies to keep children and young people safer when online
  6. Know how to use Parental controls and other tools currently available

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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