Update of community activities on mental health wellbeing, autism and learning disabilities

We at Women and Digital Inclusion (WODIN) with support from the UK Anti Slavery network BASNET, and in conjunction with MBS for BAME, Merseyside Police, and One Knowsley, held a workshop today in Liverpool. Where we shared with Parents more on Cyber Security with regards to Online grooming and exploitation of children and youths Esp of black descent.

Huge vote of thanks to our own Musawo Mrs Justine Odwongo ❤️ for tea hing us with passion, getting that debate into full gear. Her passion for empowerment of the black child and community is highly commendable. You had to be there to appreciate the depth of emotions and the deep questions each of us responsible adults must ask ourselves.

Allow me to call out the elephant 🐘 in the room

We truly were hoping to be over subscribed, taking into consideration the news and conversation that has been hot on this forum. We time and again hear the fear, emotions, and sadness in the community. Yet time and again, when an opportunity arises to learn how we can be, do, and have better, many parents find a reason to be otherwise occupied.

We cannot hope to change the narrative if we aren’t at the table where the conversation is being held, time and again.

WE MUST STEP UP AS A COMMUNITY & AS PARENTS!!

One of the biggest root causes of youth behavioural challenges today is the use of digital tools, media, apps, and gadgets without parental supervision or even knowledge. Children these days are groomed right in your homes‼️ On the gadgets, we parents gift them with love. 😳 We do not realise we are handing our young ones a loaded weapon. No parent ever thinks that as they gift their teenage child a new smartphone on their birthday or special day.

Yet the same parent wouldn’t gift the same child a car without getting full training on how to handle it. So why do we gift our underage children toddlers, sometimes not even teenagers, smartphones, without giving them the necessary skills and first understanding if they are ready for one mentally and emotionally?  #foodforthought

We at WODIN have the digital, mental health, responsible youths,  skills, expertise, and passion to collaborate with other organisations, Parents and communities that wish to have this conversation too as a step towards supporting our young ones and families better Holistically. And build the village  in the saying it takes a village to raise a responsible child

Let us truly be our neighbour’s keeper.

Our children deserve better. We deserve better.

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