Child Welfare in a Digital Age

Name of Meeting: Child Welfare in a Digital Age
Date: Wed, 25/09/2013
Type: This meeting is public.
Venue: Verity House,
19 Haymarket Yards,

Digital technologies and trends are evolving so fast that there is a real danger of attempting to solve problems that no longer exist, whilst failing to notice new challenges as they emerge. This conference will seek to explore the evolution of new technologies, their potential impact on Scotland’s children and young people, and the challenges they present to those entrusted with our children’s education, care and protection.

Topics covered will include:

  • Educating kids about social media and emerging technologies
  • Child internet safety training for children’s services professionals
  • Young people and new technologies: the importance of family context
  • Parental guidance and controls
  • Social networks – Connected. Sociable. Safe?
  • The risks of unsupervised access and excessive use
  • Cyberbullying and online safety
  • Virtual thrills, real risks – children, young people and sexting (mobiles, BBMs etc)
  • The use of social networking sites to get important messages across
  • Creating better public awareness