How to Support Children to Build Safer Online Connections | Primary

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How to Support Children to Build Safer Online Connections | Primary

This webinar will provide senior leaders, designated safeguarding leads and teaching staff with practical advice and guidance on how to support children of primary school age in choosing, building and maintaining online connections which are healthy, beneficial and safe.

Ofcom’s children and parents’ media use and attitudes report 2020/21 found that four in ten young people reported using social media sites or apps below the minimum age requirement (commonly set at 13). During this period of rapid mental development when children are excited to explore the digital world, staff must be equipped to advise them on what constitutes a positive online connection – and how to spot the warning signs of a potentially harmful online situation.

In this webinar, Dr Rina Bajaj, counselling psychologist with almost 20 years’ experience of working with children, explains why forming attachments is so vital for children, explores which apps and platforms they tend to use for making connections at this age and answers genuine online safety questions from primary school pupils.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the concept of safety in the context of both real-world and online relationships.

  • Recognising the signs of risk factors associated with unsafe relationships, and evaluating variables which can make certain children more vulnerable to these risks.

  • Assimilating the tools to speak to children confidently about online safety, including issues related to grooming, sexualised behaviour and consent.

  • Discovering appropriate ways to communicate effectively and supportively with children about engaging in safe relationships online.

  • Identifying trusted, helpful resources that can be used with pupils within a primary school setting.

Dr Rina Bajaj

About The Expert

Dr Rina Bajaj

Rina is a counselling psychologist with almost 20 years’ experience in mental health, working with children, adolescents and adults.
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