Setting out educational ideas for high achieving girls
My thanks to the Head of Year 8, Mr James Sills, for providing us with this material:
Next week, we will be discussing issues of e-safety in assemblies, form time and PSHE lessons as part of ‘e-safety week’. We know that that a lot of teenagers’ lives are now spent online, either through personal computers at home or, increasingly, on smartphones. Clearly, the rise of the internet has opened up many opportunities for our young people to communicate and disseminate information in unprecedented ways, which we can – and regularly do – harness to develop and extend their learning at school. In this sense, the possibilities and opportunities of the internet should be celebrated. During e-safety week, however, we will be working with the girls to help them understand the dangers and potential consequences of engaging in certain types of internet behaviour, primarily:
1. cyberbullying – using text messages, social media or email to send abusive, threatening or intimidating messages/photos.
2. sharing personal information – such as phone numbers, email addresses or current location.
3. accessing explicit content – such as violence, pornography and drug-taking.
4. online relationships – meeting new ‘friends’ through chatrooms, gaming, social media, with the potential for grooming and exploitation.
5. sexting – making and sending explicit images to send to other people through smartphones.
Telling girls to not going online to avoid such threats is not realistic – we know that internet activity is a huge part of their social life and identity. It is the aim that through e-safety week (supporting the ongoing work of the ICT department) that the girls will be more aware of these issues and the consequences of their activities online. Through discussing these issues with the girls ourselves it is hoped that they will feel more comfortable about talking to us about their online concerns and more willing to disclose information in the future.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) have some excellent resources for parents and guardians, some of which are accessible through the links below.
This outlines the potential threats that young people face online and suggests ways to prevent these.
‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’ video (25 mins)