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Programme highlights and Digital Leader achievements over the academic year 2019/2020 – Part 2

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As the school year has come to an end and summer holidays have begun, it is a great time for us to look back over the year at the Digital Leaders Programme. Take a look through this second part of a two-part roundup of the year including programme highlights and impact, as well as some of the brilliant achievements of Digital Leaders! Click here to look at part one.

 

Digital Champions

This year we had 7 Digital Champions on the project, and you can read more about them here. The Digital Champions act as ambassadors for the programme and were involved in various additional activities throughout the year. Within their role, they supported the programme in many ways, including representing the Digital Leader community at events (see below), as well as providing feedback on new modules.

Take a look at the upcoming guest blog post by this year’s Digital Champions where they reflect on their role within the programme. If you would like to apply to become a Digital Champion next year then keep your eyes on our blog and newsletter for information on applications opening next term!

We have kept in touch regularly with the Digital Champions as they have continued in their role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to the Champions for continuing to be active in their role and not letting school closures get in the way of their Digital Champion responsibilities! The screenshot below is from our most recent video call with the Champions, when we had a Zoom party to celebrate the end of the year. We also said farewell and best wishes to Bella and Niah who are leaving their Digital Champion roles!

 

Digital Leader represented the UK at SIF Brussels 2019 

One of our brilliant Digital Champions, Jess, was selected to represent the UK at the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels in November. Jess was selected to join the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Panel, made up of around 25 young people from different countries across Europe. In the lead up to the event, the group collaborated on a campaign to spread their message around the forum’s theme of ‘From Online Violence to Digital Respect’. At the forum they held discussions on online safety topics, led a youth session and facilitated roundtables of attendees. Read more about Jess’ experience attending the forum here.

 

Safer Internet Day 2020

Young people from across the UK came together to celebrate positive use of the internet on Safer Internet Day 2020. The theme for this year was exploring identity online and young people celebrated the theme in incredible and creative ways. Many Digital Leaders took a lead in activities in their school; running assemblies, creating informative videos to share with peers and running surveys are just a few examples of the wonderful ways that Digital Leaders raised awareness of online safety. Take a look at the tweets below for some more examples of how Digital Leaders celebrated the day across the country.

Digital Leaders met government and internet industry for Safer Internet Day 2020

The UK Safer Internet Centre hosted the annual Safer Internet Day event in London which was attended by representatives from the internet industry as well as services which support young people, government and policy. Groups of Digital Leaders from five schools attended the event and ran activities to get the guests thinking about the topic of exploring identity online. The pupils also asked questions to a live panel of representatives from organisations which support young people. The Digital Leaders played a crucial role in the day and ensured that young people’s online lives were the focus of the day.  The youth host and key-note speaker were also Digital Leaders, Homyrah and Aimee, who both engaged the audience brilliantly and spoke with passion about the theme. Take a look at our roundup of the Safer Internet Day London event here.

 

Young People’s Charter for Safer Internet Day 2020

The UK Safer Internet Centre, in consultation with Digital Leaders across the UK, created the Young People’s Charter for Safer Internet Day 2020. The charter outlines four clear demands for the government to protect young people online, and support them to express their online identities. Digital Champions, Aimee and Cosima, presented the charter to MPs at Westminster on Safer Internet Day and spoke to them about the importance of the key demands for young people. Read more about Digital Leaders involvement in the Young People’s Charter here.

 

Programme Impact

Earlier this year the Digital Leaders Programme reached some new milestones! The programme has now had over 1,000 subscriptions and over 4,000 young people have qualified as Digital Leaders! Read more about the journey to reaching these milestones here.

This month we released our 2020 Impact Report. It is really important for us to evaluate the impact of the programme each year so that we can  measure it’s efficacy, strive to keep improving and share how vital youth-led online safety education is. Take a look at our annual Impact Report 2020 webpage here or the two-page Impact Report document here.

 

Digital Leader tweets of the year

We love to see Digital Leaders featuring on their schools’ Twitter. Take a look below at some of our favourite Digital Leader tweets from this year.

There have been lots of programme highlights over the year and many more Digital Leader achievements! Thank you to all of the Digital Leaders who have taken part in the programme this year and to all of the supportive teachers running the programme at their schools. We look forward to continuing to develop the programme over the next academic year and hearing about the fantastic ways that Digital Leaders are impacting their communities!

If you have any questions about running the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme in your school, please do get in touch at [email protected].

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Young people give advice on how to keep well during school closures

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During school closures young people (and adults alike) are having to adapt to changes to their usual day-to-day lives. Most young people are spending more time at home, and more time online. We asked our Digital Champions for their advice for other young people on how to keep well during this period.

The Digital Champions are Digital Leaders from across the country who were successful in applying to be ambassadors of the Digital Leaders Programme, representing the Digital Leader community and supporting the Childnet team.

Below you can read the fantastic and creative ideas the Childnet Digital Champions shared:

Cosima, 14

My top tips for these testing times are – ‌

  • Keep occupied – The Olympics are cancelled, do your own! Create activities for you and your family in your garden or living room! It’s exercise but fun 🙂
  • Watch Netflix, watch cheesy shows to cheer you up! ‌
  • Try not to focus on the bad figures – While there are live tolls of the numbers of cases, there are also live tolls on the recovered cases, try to keep track of that 🙂
  • Download zoom or Houseparty to stay in touch with friends and family – We are so lucky to have the internet and technology during these tough times so make the most of it! Use your phones and iPads to keep in touch with your friends and family! Especially grandparents, they are the ones who are likely to be alone so your video call could really lift both yours and their spirits! ‌
  • Self-care – Do a face mask, buy yourself a nice bit of makeup to make yourself look gorgeous – for you! Get some chocolate on amazon or even a new football, we can’t go out so treat yourself 🙂 ‌
  • Talk to someone if you’re feeling down! If you’re worried or anxious tell a parent or a friend, worries are not one of those things that you want to keep to yourself, let it out and you will feel much better about it!

 

Bella, 18

I have been setting myself up with a routine daily in terms of what I want to get accomplished. It’s really helped me, because I think as school-oriented people who have been taken out of that environment quite suddenly, we do suffer from not having an element of structure in our lives even when there’s not so much we need to do. The way to do this is not necessarily to plan things out by time but set yourself a couple of goals, if there’s something you particularly want/have wanted to do/learn etc.

I’m finding that learning a language and taking daily classes on Duolingo is something positive I can work towards daily and over a larger span of time. ‌

I would also say sleeping too much is a classic mistake – waking up so that you have a good portion of the day ahead of you is massively important, because as students we’re sort of oriented to a very regular pattern of waking/sleeping and if we disturb that it makes us feel as though there’s less obligation to get things done.

Achievement really helps stave off feeling negative; it’s something positive you can do for yourself and only for yourself, which is something we don’t often get time to do day-to-day.

 

Jess, 13

My top tips for keeping well during these times are to be aware of the media content you’re consuming, stay in touch and be kind to yourself. ‌ It is of course important to stay up to date with the news and make sure you have a sense of awareness of what is happening in the world, but too much media exposure can do more harm than good. Be aware of the amount of media you’re consuming, by staying up to date, but also not letting your enjoyment online be ruined by constant news and media exposure. ‌

Staying in touch with friends and family can also really help with feeling alone in these uncertain times. I have found myself becoming closer to my friends and more appreciative of spending time with them due to new ways of connecting. Try a video call, or plan something different such as a virtual quiz night! There are lots of fun ways to stay connected online. ‌

And finally, be kind to yourself. Know that it is okay to feel worried and alone during times like these, but also remember that it won’t be like this forever, and it will get better. Please talk to someone you trust if you ever feel as though things are getting too much, because you matter and even though times can be tough, please be kind to yourself.

 

Thank you to Cosima, Bella and Jess for sharing their fantastic top tips.  We hope these tips help other young people who are spending a lot more time at home.  If your team of Digital Leaders have top tips you would like to share please email [email protected].

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Penwortham Primary School Digital Leaders write article for their school newspaper!

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Charlotte and Marie from the Childnet team had a fantastic visit to the Digital Leaders at Penwortham Primary School on 17th January 2019.  The Digital Leaders told us how they have been completing the training modules whilst planning lots of exciting projects for the future!  They also wrote an article for their school newspaper, ‘The Globe.’

See their article below to read about their role as Digital Leaders and find out what their aims as a team are:

Thanks to Penwortham Primary School for sharing your fantastic newspaper article, it is great to see such an informative article by the Digital Leaders. The Childnet team really enjoyed meeting the Digital Leaders and we can’t wait to see what else they achieve in their roles.

If your Digital Leaders would like a school visit from the Childnet Digital Leaders team, then please get in touch at [email protected].

Make sure to keep us updated with what your Digital Leaders achieve in school by emailing [email protected] and tweeting @ChildnetDL.

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Digital Leaders stood up to bullying this Anti-Bullying Week

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Anti-Bullying Week 2019, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, ran from 11th to 15th November 2019. During this time young people from around the UK ran a variety of activities in school to celebrate.

Childnet Digital Leaders were encouraged to take part and received a badge and 100 points for sharing their Anti-Bullying Week activities on the platform, which contributes to their school’s place on the Leaderboard!

Well done to all of the Digital Leaders who were involved in activities in their school. Here is a roundup of some of the fantastic things Digital Leaders did to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week 2019 and increase awareness of bullying in school.

Bromley High Junior School

Tweet from BHSJ

Digital Leaders at Bromley High Junior School not only took part in Odd Socks Day but also made a short film for Anti-Bullying Week. Their creative film features a cat being bullied by a giraffe and a goat until another cat stands up the animals and they all become friends. Abigail P said “this shows how a small change can make a big impact.”

Warwick Preparatory School

Warwick Prep Anti-Bullying Week tweet

At Warwick Preparatory School, the Digital Leaders took part in Anti-Bullying Week by leading an assembly focussed on staying safe online. They covered topics including being kind online, digital footprints and what we do, post, and share online.

Grovelands Community Primary School

Grovelands anti-bullying week 2019

Grovelands Community Primary School Digital Leaders made sock-shaped posters for Odd Socks Day and put them up around school to encourage the other students at their school to wear odd socks. Jasmine B enjoyed “knowing our posters (and fun event) touched the hearts of many children and made a difference against bullying!!”.

Manor Junior School

Manor Juniors Anti-Bullying Week tweet

The Digital Leaders at Manor Junior School took part in Odd Socks Day and their Year 3 students took part in an assembly where they learnt about who they can talk to if they witness or experience bullying. Brooke MJ told us, “taking part, supporting others, making people happy and also listening to others” were the most enjoyable aspects.

The Royal Masonic School for Girls

Royal Masonic Anti-Bullying Week 2019 tweet

Students at The Royal Masonic School for Girls – led by their Digital Leaders – took part in Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week. “Seeing everyone wear their odd socks as an individual” was what Lara T enjoyed the most.

Sydenham High School

Sydenham High Anti-Bullying Week 2019 tweet

Sydenham High School Digital Leaders arranged a series of events including taking part in Odd Socks Day and making a video about Anti-Bullying Week. One of the Digital Leaders “really liked working together to create a video about something we all believe strongly about.”

We are so impressed with the amazing and innovative ways Digital Leaders took part in and spread awareness of Anti-Bullying Week 2019! Well done to all the Digital Leaders who took part this year and thank you for sharing your amazing work with us at Childnet.

We love to hear about the impact Digital Leaders make in their school communities. If you would like to share what your pupils have been doing as part of the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme please email [email protected] or tweet us at @ChildnetDL.

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Digital Leaders’ achievements and updates – December 2019

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Welcome to the December post of our monthly achievements and updates blog. Here we congratulate schools who have completed their training over the past month and share good news stories from Digital Leader schools.

Well done to the Digital Leaders teams from the following schools who have recently completed their online training!

Barnfield Primary School – 2nd cohort!

Bredon School – 2nd cohort!

Bromley High School Juniors – 3rd cohort!

Clayesmore Preparatory School – 2nd cohort!

Cumnor House School for Girls

De Bohun Primary School – 2nd cohort!

Highworth Grammar School

The King’s Ely Secondary School

Northampton High School Junior – 2nd cohort!

Oakington Manor Primary

Reed’s School – 2nd cohort!

Royal Masonic School for Girls – 3rd cohort!

Royal Russell – 2nd cohort!

Sawtry Village Academy – 2nd cohort!

St Martins School

The Belvedere Academy

The King’s Ely Secondary School

The William Henry Smith School

Cardiff Regional Event

Last month we had our fourth Regional Event in Cardiff. The event was an opportunity for young people across the region to collaborate on ways to share their online safety knowledge with the pupils at their schools. The young people also received exclusive training from the Childnet Education Team who present sessions and workshops at schools all over the country.

Thank you to the schools that attended the Digital Leaders Regional Event in Cardiff, thank you to the Digital Leaders in attendance and the teachers who supported throughout the day. Special thank you to St. John’s College Juniors for hosting and Ms Howells for working with us on the event. Your preparations helped to make the day run smoothly!

Students at Cardiff Regional Event

Digital Leader school visits

Danielle visited Moss Park Junior School last month to see what their Digital Leaders have been doing and to hear about their plans to share their knowledge with the rest of their school. Thank you to the Digital Leaders for spending time talking to Danielle, she was really impressed with your hard work!

Moss Park Junior School Digital Leaders

Digital Families Hackathon

Thank you to the Digital Leaders from JFS who came to the Facebook Digital Families Hackathon event. Max, Jessica and Eva, your contributions were valuable and we are grateful for your participation and input.

JFS Digital Leaders at Facebook

Anti-Bullying Week 2019

Well done to all of the Digital Leaders who celebrated Anti-Bullying Week and Odd Socks Day in their schools. Thank you to all of the Primary and Secondary Digital Leaders who completed the ‘Run activities for Anti-bullying Week 2019’ module on the training platforms and told us about the activities they had done to celebrate. Look out for a blog post featuring a roundup of the activities that Digital Leaders told us they did in school to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week and to help stop bullying in their school.

We particularly liked this tweet from Bromley High School Juniors, showcasing how their Digital Leaders led Odd Socks Day in their school with their funky odd socks!

Tweet from BHSJ

Congratulations to Grovelands Community Primary School Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders from Grovelands Community Primary School made a video about Screen time and are featured on the ‘social news’ section of their school website, well done team!  https://grovelands-school.co.uk/

We love to see Digital Leader groups getting creative with how they can share their online safety knowledge and Grovelands Digital Leaders clearly learnt a lot from the Screen Time and Healthy Balance module!

Grovelands Screen time videoGrovelands Screen time video

We challenge your team to make a video to share what you learn in the next training module you complete! Let us know what your Digital Leader team have achieved to be featured in this blog or our community newsletter!

Please share with us what your Digital Leaders team have been up to. Email [email protected] or tweet us @ChildnetDL #ChildnetDL to be included in the next update!

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Young people learn about reporting at the Cardiff Digital Leaders Regional Event

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Primary and secondary pupils from across Cardiff attended an exclusive online safety training event led by Childnet’s expert team.

Last year, following requests from young people on the programme, Childnet introduced Regional Events. These have been successfully run across the UK as an opportunity for young people to share ideas about educating their peers on online safety, and to learn more from the Childnet team.

We held our fourth Childnet Digital Leaders Regional Event at St John’s College, Cardiff on 25th November. It was a great opportunity for Digital Leaders and other young people from across Cardiff to meet and discuss online safety topics, as well as receive some exclusive training from the Childnet team.

Young people learn about reporting online

At the Regional Event, the main topic covered was reporting. The Childnet Education Team prepared an interactive session with lots of activities for the primary and secondary pupils in attendance to help them to engage with and understand this sometimes tricky issue.

Students in discussion

The day started with some quizzes and activities to help everyone get to know each other and to start thinking critically about different aspects of online safety. The rest of the day was focused on the important topic of reporting and the ways we can support our friends and share what we know about reporting with them. This took the form of a session led by Amy and Marie from the Childnet Education Team on the most important things to know about reporting.

The Piranha Pitch

The day built up to the final activity, the Piranha Pitch, which involved groups of young people pitching ideas to the judges (the Piranhas – or the not-so-scary teachers!) about how they could share their knowledge on reporting with their peers at their own schools.

Amy from Childnet with students

We were really impressed with the excellent pitches and creative ideas, including plans for workshops where young people would match the report buttons with the services they are found on and drama activities where young people would explore in which circumstances to make a report. After much deliberation, the Piranhas chose the yellow group as the winners! The judges really enjoyed their idea for an interactive workshop with multiple elements including a quiz, poster and video.

Take a look at the winning group with their certificates below.

Cardiff Regional Event Piranha Pitch winners

Testimonials

Danielle Antha, Project Manager of the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme, said:

“The Childnet team were delighted with the engagement of Cardiff pupils at our fourth Regional Event. They provided thoughtful and unique contributions to the event, and their presentations were full of character and of such an excellent standard that the judges had a very difficult job in choosing a winner. The young people present should be proud of the work they have done; they are all shining examples of how seriously young people in Cardiff take this issue within the online safety space and how hard they are working to help others be safe online as well.”

Aneira, a Digital Leader from Cathays High, said:

“I thought it was really fun and it’s nice to know that adults want to know children’s opinions instead of always asking the other adults. It was nice to engage with students who are younger than me and teach them a little bit about what I know and them teach me things that I don’t know.”

A massive thank you to St John’s College, Cardiff for hosting and to Mrs Howells for being so helpful in the organising of the event.

Thank you to all of the schools that attended, the Digital Leaders that were in attendance for being such great examples of the programme, and all of the teachers at the event who supported the young people throughout the day – we would not have been able to run the event without you!

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Get ready for Safer Internet Day 2020!

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Safer Internet Day 2020 is on the 11th February and there are many ways to get involved! As partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre we have created a load of resources to help you get involved and start planning how you will celebrate now.

We want to make sure that Safer Internet Day 2020 is the biggest yet and reaches more people than ever before with messages of awareness and importance of online safety.  There are many ways for Digital Leaders to take the lead in getting involved in the lead up to Safer Internet Day 2020 and on the day.

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.  Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

In the UK, we choose an annual theme that we think best suits the current landscape of online safety and the issues that young people may face online. This year, we are encouraging young people to explore how they manage their online identity and think about how the internet shapes their view of themselves and others.

We will look at whether the internet allows young people to experiment and express themselves, or if they feel limited in who they can be online, and how offline stereotypes and discrimination are challenged or reinforced online. By opening up conversations around online identity, we aim to inspire young people to support each other in being who they want to be, to celebrate difference, and help work towards creating a truly inclusive internet.

Have you started planning what you will do to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2020?

There are less than three months to go until Safer Internet Day 2020 and it’s the perfect time to start planning what you will do to celebrate and spread awareness of the day in your education setting!

How you can get involved

Brand new educational resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre – official coordinators of the day in the UK – have created a range of new educational resources focusing on the 2020 theme: Free to be me – exploring online identity.

These educational resources include lesson plans, assemblies and more and all focus on the theme of online identity, asking young people to consider whether they and their peers are truly free to be themselves online. These resources are split into age groups and there are many opportunities for Digital Leaders to support in running sessions using these resources.

Register as a supporter

Make sure your school registers as a supporter for Safer Internet Day 2020 and says what you will be doing to celebrate! Together we can make sure that Safer Internet Day 2020 is the biggest yet and reaches more people than ever before!

Share your support for Safer Internet Day on social media today, and on Safer Internet Day

You can help Safer Internet Day to reach even more people by sharing your support for the day on Twitter now!  The official hashtag to use to show your support is #SaferInternetDay. Follow @UK_SIC for updates and social media templates to share closer to the day.

Safer Internet Day 2020 modules on the Digital Leaders platforms

We will soon be releasing Safer Internet Day modules on both the Primary and Secondary Digital Leader platforms. These modules will support Digital Leaders in thinking about how they can take part on the day and engage the pupils in their schools with the topic of online identity. Keep an eye out for these modules appearing on the platforms in the next few weeks. After Safer Internet Day 2020 we will also be asking Digital Leaders to let us know what they did in school for Safer Internet Day and they will earn points and badges for letting us know!

How some Digital Leaders are already involved in the Safer Internet Day campaign

Some of our Digital Leaders feature in films for Safer Internet Day produced by our partner organisation in the UK Safer Internet Centre, SWGfL. The films are tailor made for use with 5-11s, 11-18s, parents and carers, as well as a film exploring the theme. Thank you to the Digital Leaders involved for your valuable contributions and for sharing your thoughts, thank you for your cooperation in the filming also. You can watch these videos on the UK Safer Internet Centre Website and look out for them being shared on social media.

Examples of how Digital Leaders were involved last Safer Internet Day

We were so impressed with the creative ways that Digital Leaders were involved in Safer Internet Day 2019 and can’t wait to see what Digital Leaders do to go even bigger this time around! Take a look at our round up of how Digital Leaders schools spread awareness about internet safety for Safer Internet Day 2019 to be inspired and start thinking about the ways your Digital Leader team could take part in Safer Internet Day 2020.

Let us know what your Digital Leader team have planned for Safer Internet Day and tweet us @Childnet DL #ChildnetDL as well as using #SaferInternetDay on the day.

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Digital Leaders’ achievements and updates- November 2019

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Welcome to the November post of our monthly achievements and updates blog. Here we congratulate schools who have completed their training over the past month and share good news stories from Digital Leader schools.

Well done to the Digital Leaders teams from the following schools who have recently completed their online training!

Cathays High – 3rd cohort!

Norwich High Prep School Junior – 2nd cohort!

St John Bosco RC Primary School – 3rd cohort!

Swavesey Village College

Welland Park Academy – 3rd cohort!

Digital Leader school visits

Many thanks to the following Digital Leader schools who hosted us for visits throughout October. We want to thank all the Digital Leaders and Digital Leader teachers at these schools for their hospitality and enthusiasm. We were hugely impressed by the insights we received from the Digital Leaders, and the impact they are making in their schools.

Parc Eglos School

Thank you for welcoming Danielle and showing her what you have been working on as Digital Leaders. Danielle was really impressed by your enthusiasm and excellent ideas and we are excited to see the impact you continue to make!

JFS School

Thank you for hosting Siobhan and Fabian and helping us to develop our upcoming secondary module. Your questions and thoughts on the topic were invaluable. Keep an eye out for some of the JFS Digital Leaders appearing in the new secondary module which will be released very soon!

 

Forest School

Thank you for welcoming Amy and Becca to your school and helping us to develop our upcoming primary module. We really enjoyed talking to you about the module topic. Look out for some of the Forest school Digital Leaders in the upcoming primary module!

 

 

If your Digital Leaders would like a visit from the Childnet Digital Leaders team then please get in touch at [email protected] 

 

Please share with us what your Digital Leaders team have been up to. Email [email protected] or tweet us @ChildnetDL #ChildnetDL to be included in the next update!

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Digital Leaders achievements and updates- September 2019

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Welcome to the September post of our monthly achievements and updates blog. Here we congratulate schools who have completed their training and share good news stories from Digital Leaders schools.

 

Well done to the Digital Leaders teams from the following schools who have recently completed their online training!

East borough Primary School – 2nd cohort!

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

Hart Memorial Primary School – 2nd cohort!

Royal High School, Senior

 

Many thanks to the following Digital Leader schools who worked with our partner organisation within the UK Safer Internet Centre, SWGfL this month on some video content that will be used in the Safer Internet Day 2020 campaign. Many thanks for your hospitality and involvement and we hope you enjoyed taking part. We can’t wait to see the film content!

Coryton Primary School

Cathays High School

St John Bosco R.C. Primary School

Christ the Redeemer Primary School

 

Please share with us what your Digital Leaders team have been up to. Email [email protected] or tweet us @ChildnetDL #ChildnetDL to be included in the next update!

 

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The experience of our Digital Champions, Youth Ambassadors for the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme

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We have an exciting opportunity  for qualified Digital Leaders to join our team of Digital Champions! Digital Champions are a group of Secondary Digital Leaders from across the UK who act as ambassadors for the programme.

The Digital Champions support the Childnet team with programme development, ensuring that the programme is youth led, they also represent Digital Leaders at events and in consultations. Our current Digital Champions have been involved in many aspects of the programme, from presenting at Regional Events to advising on platform developments and new modules!

If you are a Secondary Digital Leader and would like more responsibility in your role and to contribute towards the development of the programme, then don’t hesitate to apply to be a Digital Champion for 2019-20!

The information and application form to apply can be found here.  If you have any questions about applying to be a Digital Champion then please email leaders@childnet.com.

How have our current Digital Champions found the experience?

We asked our current Digital Champions how they have found the experience and whether they have any advice for Digital Leaders interested in applying to be a Digital Champion. See their answers below:

  1. What has been the best part of being a Digital Champion?

Jess: The best part of being a Digital Champion for me has to be being able to reach a wider audience and feeling like you’re actually making an impact. There are so many opportunities and so many thing to be a part of that you may never have thought you would do. Plus, the fact that you can reach so many more people with your message empowers me and my Digital Leaders team to try even harder to spread the word of positive Internet use.

Bella: Definitely the sense of responsibility, and the ability to impact the community in a meaningful way. Your responsibility for your Digital Leaders in your school, on top of the general oversight of others across schools internationally, produces better leadership qualities and consideration for others’ opinions, and an appreciation for the value of perspectives unavailable to you on issues we all face.

Erin: Getting to know new people and to be able to see the structure more clearly in the internet.

Maryam: Reaping the smiles that come from it! I’m a sentimental person and love more than anything, when other’s find happiness in something that I’ve helped them in. Such as growing in my role as a Digital Leader and even helping others with their own queries.

  1. What is the biggest skill you have gained from being a Digital Champion?

Bella: The ability to listen to others’ perspectives, and really hear them. The exposure to different groups of young people’s opinions on issues you’re already comfortable with are so diverse depending on their personal circumstances, and being able to construct resolutions to issues by visiting schools and by speaking to various DLs online really means you’re able to produce an effect greater than the sum of everyone’s parts.

Maryam: I’ve been able to grow in my confidence and public speaking. It even helped me to perform a speech to people a lot older than me! I can speak to audiences without feeling scared and do it with a smile!

Erin: I understand social media more and what I should keep in my head rather than on screen.

Jess: I think the biggest skill I have gained from being a Digital Champion is Communication Skills. Having to communicate from my Digital Leaders team to Childnet and back again really challenged my Communication Skills and I believe that I have become a more organised, persistent and skilled person because of it.

  1. What would you say to someone thinking about applying to be a Digital Champion?

Jess: If you’re thinking of applying to be a Digital Champion, my advice is to just go for it. But be prepared to work hard and commit to the position because it is a lot of work, but trust me. It. Pays. Off. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and you feel like you really can change something. You never know where this programme may take you, and what you can achieve while doing it so I say that there is no time like the present to get started. Princess Diana quoted “Young people can change the world” and, being part of the Digital Champions team, I have started to believe that’s true.

Bella: Do it! If you’re thinking of applying, you are already comfortable with the idea of being in a position of responsibility – but I would say the role does require a lot of communication interpersonally with DLs and the Childnet team. If you’re like me, someone who started out quite uncertain, it is difficult to go forward with a risk like that, but I have developed immensely from the experience in a way unparalleled by other methods of overcoming fears of public speaking, communication etc., and I would encourage those people who would love to do it and are passionate about digital safety, but who are maybe intimidated, to go and apply the most. If you think you have an opinion or a perspective that you don’t see much elsewhere on digital safety, that makes you especially valuable.

Erin: Make sure its something you want to do! (…) It is a great experience and it makes you a better person online. It also teaches you a new structure to the format.

Maryam: I’d say go for it! Even if you have any doubts, what’s the harm in applying? The worst that could happen is nothing compared to what you’ve been through. Who knows? You might become one of us and be able to help others just like you!

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