Protecting Children in a Digital World

This Libraries Week, the acclaimed children's author AH Proctor will spearhead an exclusive event that will explore how libraries can help to keep children and young people safe in a digital world.

Protecting Children in a Digital World

About Protecting Children in a Digital World

It is hoped that the event will lead to innovative new initiatives and partnerships within libraries across Scotland, to increase people’s confidence in knowing how to stay safe online and address current concerns of children and young people about lack of adult support in this area.

Spaces at the event itself are limited and must be booked via EventBrite in advance, but the event will also be streamed live online (more information below).

AH Proctor (whose spellbinding fourth book Thumble Tumble and the Goblin Pirates will be out in September) will be joined at the event by a team of leading experts and young people themselves to answer questions from librarians, parents, carers, teachers and anyone involved in the protection and care of children and young people.

Panellists include: Bruce Adamson, Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland; Sean McNamara, Head of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in Scotland; and Carla Malseed, Campaigns Manager from NSPCC Scotland; alongside representatives from the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), the European Network of Young Advisors (ENYA) and the Youth Libraries Group (YLG).

Recognising that children and young people now live in a digital world, the event at the Mitchell Library will explore how they can be better protected online, and particularly the role that libraries could play in supporting individuals, communities and businesses to do this. We will also hear how libraries across Scotland are already helping to protect children and young people in a digital world through building digital skills and confidence among children and those who care for them; providing a safe space; encouraging digital participation and inclusion; and supporting health, wellbeing and education.

If would like to know more, or if you have a specific question you’d like the panel to answer at the event, email

Spaces at the event are limited, however in keeping with the theme of Libraries Week, Celebrating Libraries in a Digital World, AH Proctor will stream the event online and will reveal more details about this nearer the time. Register your interest in this online event here on Facebook.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Protecting Children in a Digital World are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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