As trained Unite Ambassadors we have been thinking hard about how we can make things better for young people. We are aware that many teenagers and younger children struggle to get their use of the Internet and social media right and that it causes a lot of friendship issues and upset for the girls in our school. So, when we heard about Safer Internet Day 2019 we thought that this was something we should highlight and promote to others.
We met to discuss our ideas and decided that we would raise awareness of this international event to the Alfriston pupils and to their parents. There was a lot of material available online to support us and we wanted to present it in a whole school assembly. We divided up the script amongst the five of us and began rehearsing. Meanwhile we each contributed ideas to a document which would give advice to parents. We wanted to invite the parents into school to listen to us but this wasn’t possible and so we decided to send the information home to parents in an email.
On 4th February we were ready to give our assembly to highlight Safer Internet Day on 5th February. However, we had a problem as the projector in the hall had lost its remote and nobody could turn it on. We had to think fast and improvise. We borrowed a white sheet from boarding and an antique projector was brought out of retirement. We also decided to make the assembly more interactive and made some True/False cards to find out how much pupils knew about the social media platforms they use. We told them about Big Data and how Instagram was being forced to change its ways following the death of Molly Russell.
Later that week we asked pupils to contribute their own ideas about how to make the Internet a better place and made a display of their answers. We made several tweets about this too on @alfristonschool
We hope that we have made a small difference and that our pupils know that it is their right and their responsibility to make the Internet better.
Next we want to highlight homelessness in our local community.
Aimee, Alice, Chloe, Claire, Louise