Catfishing: Building Critical Thinking Skills to Safeguard against Fake Profiles | Secondary

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Catfishing: Building Critical Thinking Skills to Safeguard against Fake Profiles | Secondary

This webinar will provide school leaders and teachers with practical guidance and advice on identifying and recognising the signs associated with fake profiles and catfishing and how to protect themselves and their pupils against falling victim to online scams.

Creating a fake profile is easy on most platforms and can often fool others, particularly children and young people, into believing a lie. Ofcom found that more than a fifth of 12-17s were unable to detect a fake online social media profile, with a quarter believing the profile picture and posted photos proved it was real. Given that victims of catfishing often experience a detrimental impact on mental health, it’s important pupils have the right skills to be able to detect fact from fiction.

In this webinar, Jonathan Taylor, an international online safety, social media and online grooming expert, explores the concept of fake profiles and catfishing, the harmful impact they can have on others and how to build digital resilience and critical thinking skills in children and young people.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding what fake profiles and catfishing are, what they involve and what drives individuals online to set up these accounts

  • Recognising the signs of fake profiles and catfishing, as well as what to look out for if contacted by a suspicious social media account

  • Identifying the main characteristics of a fake profile and appropriate steps to take in order to stay protected when contacted by an unknown user online

  • Understanding the dangers of being catfished and why teenagers should avoid creating fake profiles themselves

  • Recognising what to do when a fake profile may be suspected and how to reduce the risk associated with engaging with online accounts that aren’t legitimate

Jonathan Taylor

About The Expert

Jonathan Taylor

International online safety, social media and online grooming expert who previously worked as a Covert Internet Investigator with the Metropolitan Police for over 10 years.
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