Fostering in a digital world
The Fostering Network has today released a new publication, aimed at supporting foster carers, to mark Safer Internet Day 2013.
‘Fostering in a digital world: a common sense guide’ is aimed at providing foster carers and other professionals with essential information and the tools to support fostered children in using the internet, social media, gaming consoles, mobile phones and much more. All while managing risk sensibly and effectively.
With more and more foster carers contacting the charity, asking questions about the internet and its challenges for young people, the Fostering Network has added to its expanding selection of expert guides and publications.
Maria Boffey, author of the guide and project manager at the Fostering Network Wales, said: “We want to help foster carers support young people in foster care safely getting the most out of the internet. Often young people know more than adults about new technologies, so the guide is aimed at bringing foster carers up to speed and enabling them to be more confident about setting boundaries.
“With the growth in the use of digital media, we cannot be complacent about the challenges that it brings, nor can we dismiss the amazing opportunities it brings. For too long fear of the unknown has meant blanket bans on social media and the like for young people in care, but by supporting foster carers and other professionals, we want to help them understand how using the internet should, and can be, a positive experience for young people in foster care.”