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The “social” use of the internet has had a huge impact on society and the way people communicate with one another. Social networking sites such as Facebook have made finding and contacting people easier than ever before, with both positive and negative outcomes. Little wonder then that it is making an impact on foster family life. Foster care and social networking examines the challenges faced by all parties involved with fostered children and looks at how foster carers can help children make the most out of opportunities the internet can bring, while minimising online risks.
The use of social networking websites has had an impact on many adoptive families Increasingly, young people are using them to trace and contact birth parents or other birth relatives. Birth relatives are using the internet to trace their children. This guide explores the many pressing questions and concerns facing both adoption social workers and adoptive parents.
The use of Facebook has already had an impact on many adoptive families and has the potential to affect many more. Increasingly, young people are using it as well as other social networking sites or websites to trace and contact their birth parents or other birth relatives. Birth relatives are using the internet to trace their children. Facing up to Facebook provides a considerable amount of information, raises important questions and offers essential advice.
This short, colourful booklet will help to explain to adopted children and young people the importance of being safe online, particularly in relation to adoption issues. It covers protecting your privacy, thinking carefully about who can contact you, making sure your personal details are secure, and the issues and problems around getting in contact with, or being contacted by, birth relatives.