NEW COURSE FOR 2021 - FULLY ONLINE
Recent UK reports have highlighted a surge in access to online technology by children and young people (e.g. 24% of 3-4 year olds have their own tablet; 74% of 8-11 year olds watch YouTube for 10 hours a week; 71% of 12-15 year olds have a social media profile – Ofcom 2019). Despite undoubted social and educational benefits, parents and educators have expressed concern that this increased access to the internet exposes children and young people to increased risk of negative experiences (online bullying, sexting, blackmail, child sexual exploitation).
This new, interactive course will explore the issues and challenges faced by children and young people, and by parents and educators as they seek to protect them online. Drawing on national and international research evidence, including the EU funded Blurred Lives project led by researchers at Stranmillis, students will learn more about young people’s online experiences including: cyberbullying, sexting, child sexual exploitation, but will also learn more about how to develop co-participatory approaches to developing their e-safety skills, so that they can safely navigate today’s online world.
TUTOR: Leanne York
Commencing Wednesday 3rd March 2021 x 4 weeks 6:30-8:30pm