Today, our children and young people are growing up in an increasingly digital world. Digital technologies are present in most areas of life. People socialise, explore, create and work in digital environments. Organisations, groups and communities are increasingly connected as technology becomes more pervasive.

Children will encounter risks during these online experiences. Learning how to recognise and manage risk, learn from difficult experiences, recover and stay well, is a vital part of their individual development.

Resilience can be defined as ‘a process to harness resources to sustain wellbeing’, and digital resilience as the application of this concept to technology, the internet and the digital age. Digital resilience helps individuals recognise and manage the risks they come across when they socialise, explore or work online. It is achieved primarily through experience, rather than learning and it is fostered by opportunities to confide in trusted others and later reflect upon online challenges.

This UKCIS Digital Resilience Framework is a practical, easy-to-use document designed to help organisations consider and support digital resilience for both individuals and groups. It includes an introduction to digital resilience and a checklist for different content, services, environment and policies.

The overall aim is to provide a shared focus for decision making, placing digital resilience at the centre of considerations for organisations, communities and groups.

This Framework is a product of the UKCIS Digital Resilience Working Group Policy Paper, which provides a more detailed explanation of digital resilience, including how the definition was developed and a more extensive checklist with consideration for various internal and external factors in different settings.

Who is this document for?

It is for use by all of the people and organisations involved in supporting, managing and creating people’s interaction with connected technologies. The implementation of the Framework should be seen as additional support to existing statutory obligations. In particular, close consideration should be given to the role of the Framework in relation to safeguarding for vulnerable children or adults in which additional safety and protection may be a requirement.

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Reproduced from UK Council for Internet Safety