Training

Technology, Safeguarding & Social Media Awareness Training

The Netopian Technology, Safeguarding & Social Media Awareness Certificate
demonstrates your commitment to keeping your children and young people safe online.

This training provides delegates with a greater understanding of the risks and hazards young people face in using technology and raise awareness of how to minimise these risks.
The following are examples of the key learning outcomes from the course:

  • Risks and hazards for young people and how to minimise these
  • Educating young people and how we do this
  • Predators and their methods and modes of operation
  • Emerging issues and risks from new developing technologies
  • The future of Social Media technologies and how this may develop in a social care setting

 

 

All training courses and presentations are tailored to the specific audience, in order to maximise the impact and effectiveness of delivery.

 

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Training is the key to understanding these issues…

Whilst it is acknowledged that the internet is a hugely positive resource and key in improving young people’s educational attainment, the fast changing nature of technology
and the massive growth of the online world continue to pose new and unexpected risks to young people, and on-going challenges to Social Care professionals and Foster Carers in trying to keep abreast of these rapid developments.

Looked After Children may have already been exposed to physical violence, inappropriate sexual behaviour,
drug abuse and other problems. Some will also face challenges from attempted unauthorised contact by relatives or other adults.

For these young people already coming to terms with difficult and damaging life-experiences,
protection from online hazard is even more important.

Historically, many care providers have achieved this protection by simply barring all internet access. But as the internet is now integral to all our lives,
it’s become critical to give looked-after young people the same online opportunities as their peers. The internet doesn’t just give them educational benefits – it also provides “normalcy” and a sense of social acceptance and inclusion.

Knowing the dangers of the online world is one thing. Knowing how to protect young people from them is something else. Many parents and carers admit they feel unsure of how to use parental control systems effectively. Most adults have, at some point, had the feeling that they are less tech-savvy than the young people they’re responsible for.