The ever-growing digital world is constantly creating new risks of exploitation, abuse and harassment of people and children, but also offering many new opportunities for organizations to improve their safeguarding efforts and practices.
This webinar, part of a monthly series, discusses how digital technology can support the protection of children, (vulnerable) people and staff. Focusing on tools and practical advice, digital innovation and safeguarding experts are sharing their guidelines and good practice for securing and maintaining a robust safeguarding culture and leveraging digital platform to create safe networks and engagement channels with their program partners.
Themes and questions to be discussed include, but are not limited to:
- Developing good safeguarding guidance: In general, emergency response and development projects are not primarily focused on digital strategies and tools. How does your organization create a culture and good guidance of safeguarding to protect program partners, especially children, when you use digital tools as part of your programming?
- Building safeguarding leadership through mentoring and collaboration: even when your organization is successful at developing guidelines and practices that safeguard your beneficiaries, in order to accomplish your goals, you must work with a wide variety of organizations and government departments. How do you ensure that those entities safeguard your program partners? How does your organization protect the data of the program partners you work with?
- How can organizations better leverage digital platforms (e.g. Facebook) as means to build safe networks and interact with youth in their work?
Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the debate.
John Zoltner is the Senior Director for ICT4D and Technology Innovation for Save the Children
Nora Lindström is the Global Lead for Digital Development at Plan International, where she promotes the responsible use of technology and digital tools for advancing children’s rights and equality for girls
Sonja Ruetzel, ICT4D Partnerships and Conference Manager, Catholic Relief Services
More about the Speakers
John Zoltner is the Senior Director for ICT4D and Technology Innovation for Save the Children. John has more than 20 years of professional experience designing, implementing and evaluating initiatives that take advantage of the power of innovative ICTs to achieve social impact in resource poor environments. He leads STC’s technology for development work, focusing on initiatives that improve program results, increase their reach, and amplify their impact.
Nora Lindström is the Global Lead for Digital Development at Plan International, where she promotes the responsible use of technology and digital tools for advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. Nora is passionate about bridging the digital gender divide and getting more girls and women to access, use, and create digital technology. In her role at Plan International, Nora acts as a focal point for the Principles for Digital Development* and advances the use of the Principles in Plan International’s digital programming. She also sits on the Advisory Council for the Principles, which is convened under the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL*). Further, Nora coordinates Plan International’s engagement in marking Girls in ICT Day and manages an internal network of digital development champions within the organization.