Drawing on the latest research, theory and practice, this is the first book to offer an evidence-based and practical guide to safeguarding children and young people online.
It presents a comprehensive classification and assessment of online risks, including sexting, cyberbullying, dark play, online grooming and child sexual abuse, cybercrime, digital self-harm, online gangs and online radicalisation. Offering a psycho-socio-ecological model for holistic safeguarding, it concludes by discussing trends in technology and their impact.
Case study examples and discussion of key principles will help practitioners consider, mitigate and manage online risks and their effects for safeguarding children and young people, and their families and carers.
Claudia Megele is Head of Service for Quality Assurance and Principal Social Worker at Wiltshire Council and Fellow of the National Institute of Health Research.
Chapter 1. Digital Lives and Cyborg Childhood
Chapter 2. Online Identity and Digital Citizenship and Boundaries
Chapter 3. The 10 C’s Psycho-Socio-Ecological model for holistic safeguarding
Chapter 4. Play and Online Video Games
Chapter 5. “Internet Addiction”, Problematic Use of Online Media and Online Gambling
Chapter 6. Sexting
Chapter 7. Online Grooming and Sexual Abuse
Chapter 8. Cyberbullying
Chapter 9. Cybercrime, online offending and Youth Justice
Chapter 10. Online Radicalisation
Chapter 11. Future of Technology and its Safeguarding Challenges
“This is a much needed book which should be essential reading to young people and adults alike. I commend it most warmly and hope it will be very well used." The Rt. Hon. The Lord Herbert Laming
“This book is unique in its approach as it encourages parents and professionals to consider online risks in a critical and systematic manner and in the context of enhancing children’s development and digital citizenship. What we need is a positive and enabling approach to effective safeguarding and this book does just that.” Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England
"I warmly welcome this overdue, vital and measured guide to the safeguarding of children online. It provides comprehensive and practical guidance for the safeguarding of children and provides invaluable but pragmatic guidance to child protection staff, to parents, to teachers and to other professionals working with children.“ Sir Prof. Martin Narey