‘Life in Likes’ report which was released yesterday (4 Jan) from the Children’s Commissioner provides a fascinating research based window onto the impact social media use is having on the daily life of 8-12 year olds. The report is welcome and interestingly confirms what we at London CLC, many schools and some parents are aware of – that as well as making children happy, inspiring and entertaining them, social media use can often cause stress, worry and be distracting or addictive, significantly affecting wellbeing and self image.
The report warns of a ‘cliff edge’ as children enter secondary school and pressures to be always on and to engage, can eclipse positive impacts. The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield calls for more action to support and prepare children, from government, schools, parents and social media companies. For schools this is about doing more than teaching the bare online safety messages, but looking for ways to develop resilience and a wider digital literacy and understanding of life online.
We’ll be exploring and addressing some of these issues through speakers and workshops in our forthcoming Online Safety conference as well as through our ongoing support packages for schools. Take a look at what’s on offer:
Online Safety Conference sessions
This workshop will introduce the 360 Safe framework as a free tool for auditing all aspects of online safety provision within your school, allowing you to recognise good practice, access useful resources online, and visualise where you would like to be You can develop an action plan to help progress developments. This could eventually lead to applying for the Online Safety Mark.
Engaging and supporting parents:
This workshop will allow schools to hear about and share a range of strategies for engaging and supporting parents and the wider community.
The internet has changed the way we consume news, and for many this has created a baffling landscape of bias and inaccuracies. In this session we will present some helpful resources to allow students to navigate the online world with a more critical eye. We will show that, by creating their own spoof new stories using HTML, children can become aware of how easily we can be deceived if we don’t think twice about the stories we read
Brand new teaching resources
Safer Internet Day teaching resources have just been published for 2018 and together with materials from previous years provide a rich source of activities, videos and ideas that colleagues are not always fully aware of. This workshop will highlight this year’s ready made presentations and lesson plans as well as provide a summary of other useful teaching resources readily accessible for all year groups.
The conference will also consist of keynote talks on digital citizenship, online safety policy updates and host group discussions. Non-SLA schools can book their place here.