Supporting Safe Social Media Use in Learners with SEND | Primary

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Supporting Safe Social Media Use in Learners with SEND | Primary

This webinar will provide headteachers, senior leaders, teachers and support staff with an understanding of how children and young people with SEND currently tend to use social media – and, crucially, how schools can help to ensure their safety on such highly populated platforms. 

Ofcom’s ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2022’ highlighted that children with “impacting or limiting conditions” are more inclined to be active on social media – but also more likely to have negative experiences on TikTok, Snapchat and the rest. Engaging with social media can be hugely beneficial for children with SEND, but – given that the potential risk to them is higher – we need to be aware of these hazards and able to advise SEND learners on identifying online threats. 

In this webinar, Catrina Lowri – an experienced special needs teacher and SENDCo – explores what settings can do to educate SEND learners around social media: providing effective safeguarding while imbuing them with the skills to interact with the online world in safety.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciating how children and young people with SEND are using social media: which platforms they enjoy, and how they engage with them

  • Realising the various benefits that using social media safely can have for children and young people with SEND

  • Comprehending the increased level of risk (including real life examples and case studies) and how this might be addressed and prepared for effectively

  • Understanding the role that schools must play in safeguarding children and young people against online harms – for all learners, but specifically for those with SEND

  • Absorbing practical tips on appropriate ways to educate and empower young people with SEND to interact safely and positively online

Catrina Lowri

About The Expert

Catrina Lowri

Qualified special needs teacher, experienced SENCO, and creator of Neuroteachers resources
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