Fostering Digital Skills

Online learning course

A CPD certified online learning course for foster carers to help them support the online lives of the children in their care.

Course overview

  •  4 Modules
  •  4 Hours
  •  Beginner level
  •  Free

Course features

  •  Independent learning
  •  Unlimited access
  •  Tailored workbook
  •  CPD certified

About the course

This course has been designed to equip foster carers with the skills and confidence to guide children and young people in their care through the digital world. The four course modules build on the skills and knowledge foster carers already have and show how they can support their child’s safety, confidence and competence online. The course was co-created with help of care experienced young people and foster carers from across the UK.

How it works

  • 1
    Complete the voluntary pre-course survey to help us measure and improve the impact of this course
  • 2
    Download the workbook and resource list
  • 3
    Complete Modules 1-4 in number order, we recommend trying to do the whole course within a month
  • 4
    After you have completed all the modules, use the link at the end of the Module 4 to apply for your CPD certificate.

Get started | Pre-course survey

We are undertaking a research study to understand the impact of this course. Completing the pre-course survey is voluntary and not a requirement of the course. We are asking people to answer some questions before and after they complete it.

By completing this survey, you will help us understand the digital skills, knowledge and confidence of learners before they take the course. Learners who complete the course and apply for a CPD certificate will be invited to complete a post-course survey exploring their views on these same elements.

Module details 

Find details about each module and what you’ll learn to support children and young people online.

Module 1 | Understanding

By the end of this module, you will better understand how digital technology can benefit young people as well as the risks they may face, what it means to be ‘digitally resilient’, and how to support your child in their online lives.

Launch Module

Module 2 | Empowering

Through this module, you will learn ways to empower young people online and have a better understanding of the impact that confidence and different parenting styles can have.

Launch Module

Module 3 | Nurturing

In this module, you will identify techniques for building trust with children in your care and explore how technology can be used to nurture and develop positive relationships.

Launch Module

Module 4 | Flourishing

After completing this final module, you will better understand the digital skills young people need now and in the future, and the actions you can take to help the young people in your care become capable digital citizens.

Launch Module

Download workbook and resource list

You can use the workbook to record your responses to the questions and activities throughout the course. The downloaded workbook can be saved, edited or printed off if you prefer to make handwritten notes. A completed workbook is not required for CPD certification. The resource list included provides tailored resources to support your learning within each module.

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This course has been created by Internet Matters in partnership with The Fostering Network and Dr Simon P Hammond from the University of East Anglia with support from Jess McBeath (Jess Ltd.) The creation of these materials has been funded by Nominet through its REACH programme.