How to create safe online spaces for digital youth work
To celebrate #CyberScotlandWeek, Hilary Phillips takes a look at some of the key aspects youth workers should consider when setting up an online space for young people.
During 2020 the rapid response of youth work organisations was hugely beneficial for keeping in touch with young people during the lockdown. There are amazing stories to tell about the creative and engaging ways that youth workers found to connect successfully online. But it was all done at speed. So now, thinking through some of the key questions around safeguarding, then building on the learnings could be vital for creating the very best digital youth work practice for the future.
Hilary's blog gathers together some useful ideas and approaches that are relevant to anyone engaging with young people in an online setting, whether that be the current omnipresent online video conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, or the ever-changing social media apps (Instagram, Tiktok), or gaming related platforms such as Discord.