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‘Sex, Lies & the Internet’ Trying to understand the difference between online sexual abuse & sexual exploration



Start:
26.04.18 9:30 am
End:
26.04.18 4:30 pm

Venue:
Colwyn Bay

Organiser:
Children in Wales

Price:
*: £95.00 – £135.00


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A One day Course

Today the internet is an integral part of the lives of children and young people. The line between the real world and the online world is transparent and is now crossed without a second thought. Instant communication with others by smart phone, iPad or computer is taken for granted.  Inevitably, the use of this technology has become entangled with teenagers sexual and emotional development.  Whether we like it or not, for young people today the online word in an integral and fundamental part of their lives.  The techniques that parents and child care professionals once used to teach children about protecting themselves, identifying truth from lies and friends from abusers, may no longer work.  How can we tell the differences in this constantly changing environment when the cues and signs that we once used are no longer applicable, or can so easily be faked?  The course will take a non sensationalist approach to understanding how sex, relationships, truth and lies have changed in this digital age and how children navigate their way in order to reach adulthood.  This course is aimed at professionals who work with children including family support workers, youth workers, social workers, foster carers and teachers.

The course will look at 

  • Understanding how the online grooming process may be different to the methods used by abusers in the real world.
  • Identifying the techniques used by online abusers use such as isolation, testing and courtship and helping children and young people identify real and fake friends
  • Sexual grooming and ideological grooming – same but different.
  • Youth produced sexual imagery, verses adult produced sexual imagery What is the difference and should we react differently?
  • How children using the internet can end up on the wrong side of the laws that were intended to protect them.
  • Understanding the online disinhibition effect and  Why adults and children may act differently online
  • Considering online risk taking behaviour in the context of teenage brain development

About the Trainer

Jon Trew is an experienced child protection trainer having delivered training to groups as diverse as housing maintenance staff, dentists and childcare workers. Jon has wide experience of working with children of all ages and backgrounds, having managed a children’s center, a nursery, an after school club and holiday play-care schemes. As early as the 1990′s, Jon was an enthusiast for using computers to work with children as young as four and five and has continued to promote safe ways for young children to access the internet and other electronic media. Jon has experience of working face to face with children as well as a deep understanding of the technical challenges it presents. Jon said “A study in October 2011 found on average, the children who use computers started doing so at age 3 ½, while half of children under 8 in the US had access to a mobile device like a smartphone, an iPad or other tablet. The internet offers huge opportunities for our children to explore, learn and enjoy, however the benefits of this revolution are matched by threats and difficulties. Waiting until children reach their early teens before we consider internet safety is just too late. Parents, teachers and all child care professionals must rise to this challenge and ensure they are able to guide, monitor and protect our children through this new age”.

This course is also offered as in-house training, please contact training@childreninwales.org.uk for more information.

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CANCELLATIONS:
Cancellations can only be accepted in writing. Cancellations received three weeks before the date of the event will be refunded in full, less a £10 administration fee. No refunds can be made after this date, although substitutions can be made. Children in Wales reserves the right to alter event programmes at any time.