Sometimes assumptions are made about young people being ‘digital natives’, assuming they have the skills, confidence and capacity to engage digitally without support.
While many children and young people are highly digitally skilled, supporting adults need to consider that many will need guidance during sessions to navigate the internet in a safe and effective way.
Some children may have had negative and harmful experiences online, and may therefore find using video platforms triggering. Offer use of an alternative multimedia app or voice call platform that does not use video.
For further information on staying safe online, please visit our Staying Safe pages.
The NSPCC has published Net Aware; guidance on using various social networks, apps and games, as well as the risks involved which each one.