The schools and colleges are back open, children / young people are back with their friends.
In school, college or at home they are all using, computers, phones and various other media that will give them access to the internet.
Most of the young people we work with are better on the internet and social media than we are.
As safeguarding professionals how skilled do you feel about the subject, to answer questions from either young people or their parents ?
There are various ways you can improve your knowledge and ability to do this.
Do you have, or does a colleague have access to the “think you know” materials ?
There are also various age related materials you can use, to open a discussion with the child or young person.
“Jessie and Friends” is a really helpful resource when talking to children aged between 4 and 7yrs old.
For older children aged 8 yrs – 10yrs old, you can consider “Play, Like and Share”
There are useful materials for older children aged from 11yrs – 14yrs old, that look in particular about sharing of “nude” photo’s.
You can also look at materials for helping older young people aged 15yrs – 18yrs old.
And explain how they can be forced or “blackmailed” into doing things because of the information they have shared.
These are only some of the available support that you can access.
Most mobile phone providers and social media platforms will also have a support system, and helpful downloads that you can resource.
If you have a concern about a young persons use of the internet, ask for help.