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Setting an example

 

Setting an example

With the huge rise of online bullying and with Anti Bullying week, on the theme of “Choose Respect”, commencing 12 November, we need to think about why so many children treat each other with little respect.

It is interesting to see the recently conducted survey by the Anti Bullying Alliance.  Their research talks about the worrying numbers of children (41% of 11-16 year olds) who had seen adults bullying each other in the past 6 months – 21% face-to-face, 18% online and 20% in the media.  Not only do children recognise that this sets a bad example, but the report shows 97% s would like to see more respect shown between adults.

I have been talking for quite some time about adults embracing positive behaviour and how, if we change this, it could reduce the number of children being bullied.  I am starting to believe that, if we started with the grownups, we really could make a difference.  I see frequent posts on social media speaking about people in a negative way.  I have seen posts calling people “selfish” for parking their car incorrectly; another calling a person an “idiot” for jumping in front of a train and causing mayhem with transport.  When our children are being bullied, parents post their frustration online, which I do understand, but this is contradicting the very advice we give children at school; telling them not to respond or retaliate to bullying.

Have we lost the ability to feel compassion and think about why people might act in certain ways?  Are we becoming a nation of opinionated campaigners who can’t tolerate an opposing viewpoint or debate an issue without throwing insults?  I do believe this strongly and I regularly talk about this subject in my workshops.  Adults are worse than children when it comes to posting online.  It is no wonder that children have little respect for each other when, in fact, they are just mirroring behaviour that they have learnt from the adults around them.

 

SAFE Masterclass with Smoothwall

SAFE Masterclass with Smoothwall

As part of Smoothwall Association for Education, we’re partnering up with Smoothwall and the Police Cyber Crime Unit to host a Masterclass Roadshow visiting six locations across the UK in 2018. The Masterclasses will provide updated expert advice, best industry practice and information to anyone responsible for keeping children safe online.

Expert speakers will provide insight into the rising cybersecurity challenges currently faced in Education, how to effectively safeguard and promote online safety, and how you can comply with Government lelegislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and updated Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018).

The final masterclass of the year will take place in London on the 17th October 2018 at:

Broadway House
Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NQ

For more information and to register for your free place, click the link below:

BOOK HERE

Who are Gooseberry Gurus?

Is your school spending money on a consultant presenting online safety workshops to Children, Parents and TeachersGooseberry Planet could save your school £100’s of pounds.

Gooseberry Guru: Online Safety

 

Who are Gooseberry Gurus?

Gooseberry Gurus can be any member of staff who has the capacity to share information with children, staff, teachers and parents. They can be a member of teaching staff, an appropriate support colleague or a colleague who is directly involved in delivering Safeguarding in your school.

 

Benefits to your school of becoming a Gooseberry Guru

 

A comprehensive range of workshop resources that can be delivered to students, staff and parents – including mini- workshops on specific topics such as SnapChat and FaceBook.

Access to informative and engaging presentations, promoting positive online behaviours.

 

Essential ‘how to’ guides and practical advice on the safe use and security of popular apps.

 

All resources are based on specialist research, reflecting current trends and risks online.

 

A valuable means of engaging parents. Access to expert advice and support in response to your online concerns.

 

Preparing Children For a Life Online – British Schools of the Middle East

Preparing Children For a Life Online

Preparing Children For Online Life

For the Schools of the Middle East

4th October 2018

11am Bahrain Time

Gooseberry Planet is passionate about raising the profile of E-Safety in schools and about engaging and educating the whole school community.  Parents and teachers have a combined responsibility to protect and prepare children for a life online.  But are we doing enough?  Do we feel comfortable talking about online dangers? CAN we talk about them or does lack of knowledge, coupled with the digital divide between us and the younger generation, make this difficult?

During the workshop, we will explore all the current social media platforms and discuss the current threats and vulnerabilities that exist online for everyone.  You will challenge and reflect upon their own online behaviours and explore practical strategies that can be used immediately to keep themselves and others safer online. The delegates will also investigate Facebook, instagram, google, you tube etc.. privacy settings, Live gaming devices, Live video streaming and fake profiles. 

The session will highlight the importance of involving parents in the child’s learning journey and show how Gooseberry Planet can equip teachers with a complete toolkit to effectively and confidently address the subject of E-Safety.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER