Epsom College, recent winners of the Digital Schools of the year award, joined the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.
Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday 7th February 2016 with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. Celebrated in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day saw Epsom College join hundreds of organisations right across the UK and globally to ‘be the change’ and help create a better internet.
To engage with SID2017, Epsom College organised a whole range of activities for pupils, parents and staff supporting this important nationwide day of action involving the #SID2017 social media campaign and youth events where young people had the opportunity to have their say about the digital issues that affect them.
Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said: “Safer Internet Day provides an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all ‘be the change’ and take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”
Helen Keevil Director of Welfare at Epsom College said “I am delighted with how enthusiastically the pupils and older students and indeed the staff have engaged with the theme of exploring the power of image this week. We have had A level photography students offering to take snaps at the photo booth set up in the library, volunteers amongst the Lower 6th peer mentors keen to survey younger Lower School pupils during their lunch hour about their on line behaviour, comparing it to their habits when they were that age. Year 10 pupils have totally understood the importance of not giving away too much information in a selfie when you post an image on line and the Year 9 and Lower School pupils heard Dr Aric Sigman speak about regulating their screen time, both in terms of their academic work and recreational use.
I am so grateful to the catering department for laying on such a delicious eye catching display of orange & blue cookies with matching balloons to complement the various posters around campus. The library also put together an eye-catching display showing off a selection of suitable reading material for half term on the topic of social media, my favourite being Dr Mary Aiken’s The Cyber Effect. I’m truly grateful to all members of the Epsom College community for embracing the theme this week, using suggested articles ranging from the national rugby team coach’s ban on mobile phones during training sessions to more extreme views such as a total de-tox for the entire period of Lent! All in all, we have witnessed an impressive array of activities which have led to thought-provoking discussions around campus this week”