Keeping Safe Online: Supporting children with additional needs or vulnerabilities
Traditional online safety education may not recognise that online risk is different for every child. How can we support vulnerable young people or children with additional needs to use digital technology safely?
At this half-day conference, we’ll delve into the benefits and disadvantages the digital world can bring to vulnerable young people; we’ll look at the links between offline vulnerability and online risk; and with a particular focus on learning difficulties and autism, we’ll explore the available research and materials available to support education practitioners.
Delegates attending this training will:
- Be up to date regarding the impact of technology in children’s lives and key research regarding offline vulnerability and online risk
- Be informed of available online safety educational resources for those working with vulnerable young people or those with additional needs
- Have the opportunity to share best practice and contribute to roundtable discussions on the key messages and principles for supporting vulnerable children in digital safety – What further support and materials do educational practitioners need?
Online Safety Specialist, Lemon Tree Consulting
Deputy CEO, Scottish Autism
Barnardo’s Scotland National Programme Manager for Child Sexual Exploitation
PhD candidate at Heriot-Watt University, researching online safety in autistic children
09:00-09:30 Registration and arrival refreshments
Session One – Vulnerable children online: what we know
09:30-09:40 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Charlene Tait, Deputy CEO, Scottish Autism
09:40-10:40 Interactive session: Offline vulnerability and online risk
- Young people’s use of technology
- Recognising how offline vulnerability translates into online risk
- Resources and sources of support for professionals
Jess McBeath, Online Safety Specialist, Lemon Tree Consulting
10:40-11:00 Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking
Session Two – Providing young people with effective education, support and guidance
11:00-11:30 Learning difficulties and online sexual exploitation
- The vulnerability of young people with learning disabilities to child sexual exploitation
- What works – young people’s solutions
Daljeet Dagon, Barnardo’s Scotland National Programme Manager for Child Sexual Exploitation
11:30-12:00 Autistic children online
- Why autistic children use online devices
- What online safety risks may be more prevalent for autistic children
- Key points re screen time and parental apps in relation to online safety
Kirsty Macmillan, PhD candidate at Heriot-Watt University, researching online safety in autistic children
12:00-12:15 Opportunities for questions and discussion
12:15-12:55 Interactive session: “Education resources: fit for purpose?”
Roundtable discussions on the following key topics:
- What key messages can we learn from this event?
- Can we determine a suite of principles for supporting vulnerable children to be safe online?
- In terms of both preventive education and responding to online safety incidents, can we identify and share best practice?
- What support and materials do education practitioners need in future?
12:55-13:00 Chair’s Round-up and Closing Remarks
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