Understanding Exploitation Pathways on Social Media | Primary

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Understanding Exploitation Pathways on Social Media | Primary

This webinar will provide DSLs, school leaders, governors and trustees, teaching staff and support staff with an understanding of the different ways that children can become victims of exploitation through social media platforms, offering appropriate safeguarding advice. 

One in three children lie about their age to access adult content on social media, according to recent research commissioned by Ofcom. Attempting to explore a more adult environment prematurely not only puts young ones at obvious risk of exposure to explicit content, but also increases the possibility of them becoming targets for online exploitation – whether that’s of a sexual nature; being recruited by an organised criminal gang; or subjected to radicalisation by extremist groups. 

In this webinar, experienced Prevent coordinator Elizabeth Kitto outlines the common tactics and locations of these online exploitation pathways, and provides practical guidance on effectively protecting children – particularly those who may be deliberately targeted.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gaining an insight into the most common forms of child exploitation and how they manifest, both online and in person

  • Understanding the similarities and differences in the grooming techniques used across the various different areas of exploitation

  • Discovering the methods that exploitative individuals use when target children online – and why some might be particularly vulnerable

  • Identifying potential techniques to build digital resilience among children, taking a “teach, don’t shield” approach

  • Exploring ways to discuss all the forms of online exploitation with children in an effective and age-appropriate manner

Elizabeth Kitto

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Elizabeth Kitto

Elizabeth Kitto is an equality, diversity and inclusion specialist, and experienced Prevent coordinator.
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