For those of us trying to move the immovable, looking for the tiny glints of light that prove to us that safeguarding practice can change the lives of children, we now have to work smarter to understand the all-pervasive nature of the online world.
If online and offline worlds cannot be separated out then are we also considering our approach to dealing with risk? There should there be equal protection for children both online and offline. We know that the age of children using media devices with the ability to connect to the internet is getting younger and younger, which is why it’s really important for professionals and parents to keep up to the ever changing interfaces that children are involved in online. If we wouldn’t leave children in a playground unsupervised why would we leave them online unsupervised?