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Promoting Digital Citizenship, Wellbeing and Resilience for Children and Young People Growing up in a Digital World

08.02.19 9:30 am
08.02.19 4:30 pm


Children in Wales

*: £95.00 – £135.00

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A One day course

We live at a time of constant connectivity to the Internet. This not only offers great opportunities for education, learning, socialising and networking – it is also transforming how we live. Access to social media and messaging services like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and gaming services mean we can now stay more connected to friends and family. However, these technologies can also present challenges. From sexting and cyberbullying to issues like overuse, distraction, anxiety, peer pressure, addiction, oversharing and access to dangerous content and contact, the Internet can present many challenges.

This one day WISE KIDS training workshop will explore these developments and provide practical knowledge and strategies that will help practitioners help children and young people to use digital and online technologies safely, mindfully, creatively and positively in ways that promote their well-being and resilience. It will specifically address the themes of ‘digital resilience’ (resilience related to interactions in digitally mediated environments) – and the need to support young people to not merely keep safe, but to be ‘inspired, active, kind digital citizens’, able to think and act with their heads and heart, able to create positive content and develop a positive footprint, offer support to others who are struggling, and lead a balanced life. These are essential skills for children growing up, socialising, learning and having relationships – online and offline. The workshop will also draw on research findings in mindfulness and positive psychology, to explore ideas for developing well-being. All participants will also gain access to a specially created Google site with links to videos and other material they can use with the young people they work with.

Outcomes / expectations

  • Gain an understanding of new digital and online technologies and the implications of these on how we can develop wellbeing and resilience for children and young people.
  • Gain insights into how very young children (under 5s) use digital media, and best practices in relation to ‘digital’ for ensuring their wellbeing and proper development.
  • Gain insights into creative ideas and concepts to promote primary aged children’s understanding of the Internet, how to safeguard their personal information, as well as be resilient and kind digital citizens.
  • Gain an understanding of how to engage, support and educate your older children to use online platforms in authentic ways that develop their knowledge, kindness, digital resilience positive footprint.
  • Gain insights into good educational resources (apps and websites) to promote your children’s digital skills, wellbeing, positive values and digital citizenship.

About the trainer

Dr Sangeet Bhullar is the founder of WISE KIDS, a non-profit company founded in Oct 2002 to promote innovative, positive and safe internet use. Sangeet is passionate about empowering children and young people, their parents/ carers and the professionals who work with them – to use digital media consciously, creatively, critically and kindly so that they are able to thrive online and offline. To this end, WISE KIDS delivers innovative training programmes, research and consultancy as well as resource development. Sangeet is a member of a number of government and non-government groups.

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

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