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Digital Outreach in Progress
We are continuing to develop our digital outreach services to engage young people in our Digital Reach pilot in Birmingham and Coventry. Part of our service centres around enabling young refugees and migrants to access online activities and develop their digital skills. The other important part of our work involves preventing digital disadvantage by educating young people regarding the dangers of using the internet and social networking sites.
In schools, we are now running workshops to equip students with the skills to navigate the internet and social media sites without becoming a victim of online abuse or suffering mental health issues due to low self-esteem. These scenarios can cause future digital disadvantage to the young people affected. Online safety workshops give students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the consequences of sharing their personal information online and teach them how to establish privacy settings to keep themselves safe from situations such as online grooming.
Positive results so far mean that we will continue to deliver our digital outreach provision and develop our services in response to the needs of young people as they arise.
To find out more about our pilot follow @childrensociety and #DigitalReach on Twitter.