Advice for carers

Through your local council or fostering agency, you may feel equipped to deal with the vulnerabilities your child faces as a ‘looked after child’ in the real world, but how confident are you with the online world?

Rules and boundaries you set in the real world can apply online. It is advised that you take the time to read all of the information available on the parents and carers (link back to main page) pages and follow the top tips for your child’s age group. It is important to learn the technologies they use, the positive aspects of being online, but also what can go wrong.

As well as this there are specific risks looked after children may face online;

  • Contact from birth parents or relatives
  • Risk taking behaviour
  • Bullying
  • Security and safety

There are preventative methods you need to take as their carer pre, during and post placement to create a safer online environment.

If you are an education professional working with Foster carers and/or Adoptive parents, please visit the Resources area of the Thinkuknow Teachers website and click on the Parents tab. Here you'll find a suite of free materials for you to use.