Through counselling in a one-on-one situation, Beth felt safe to learn about puberty and body changes.
A foster parent of two teenage boys with ASD came to SECCA for advice on internet-safety, as they had noticed one of the boys’ online gaming was becoming excessive.
Since the boys struggle socially, the parent felt it was just their way of connecting and fitting in with the current culture of that age. Concern was raised when the foster brother told them that his brother had been participating in ‘Nintendo private parties’ with 12-year-old boys, who he referred to as his ‘best friends’.
They didn’t realise how vulnerable he was until they learnt that a child is culpable for sex offences at the age of ten. They felt it was a real ‘wake-up’ call, and as a result they chose to use use strategies to minimize ‘screen time’ and educate their children around internet safety. They were able to use SECCA resources to explain internet safety and criminal law, to keep their children safe.