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Digital Leaders host second Digital Picnic at King’s Ely

Published: 27th June 2019

After the success of their first Digital Picnic, Digital Leaders at King’s Ely Junior gave parents and teachers another opportunity to see what they have learned on the Digital Leaders programme.

On Tuesday 4th June, King’s Ely Juniors hosted its second Digital Picnic for parents and carers, as well as children in years 3-8. The event was split into two parts. In the first part, seven Digital Leaders from years 5-8 took to the stage to discuss their online experiences.

The discussions included experiences of using Roblox, YouTube, Minecraft, TikTok, Instagram and Fortnite. The students shared negative experiences they have had such as being contacted by strangers and how they dealt with these issues. They shared experience in how best to manage screen time, friend requests and online play to maximise fun and safer digital time. The adults in the room also had the opportunity to share their experiences and tips for managing digital time.

The second part of the Digital Picnic saw families moving around visiting different information stalls run by the Digital Leaders. Each stall had different information about popular apps and games. Families had time to sit down with some delicious picnic food to discuss their digital lives including a chance to fill out a Family Agreement on the subject.

King's Ely Digital Leaders hold posters

Mr Everest who had organised the event said, “I am very proud the way the Digital Leaders presented themselves on stage, explaining the highs and lows of their digital lives. It is very encouraging that the students take the matter so seriously and be aware of the digital dangers in their world. I am glad so many parents were able to attend to see the knowledge the students already have and how they can work with their child to continue to support them online. Parents shouldn’t feel alone when dealing with their children’s digital lives, all parents are having the same experiences. It is important parents speak to one another and the school about the issues, as we all have the children’s best interests at heart.”King's Ely Digital Leaders pose with posters

One parent commented, “It is very pleasing to see the children having the knowledge to deal with issues online. This event shows me that open dialogue on the topic is very possible and positive.”

Well done King’s Ely Juniors and Mr Everest for putting on yet another fantastic event! If your school have hosted a Digital Leaders event, we would love to hear about it, please email [email protected] to have your blog featured on the Digital Leaders website.