SAFER INTERNET DAY isn’t just for today, it’s every day.

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Yes we at My name is Tom Education Project believe like many people that,

SAFER INTERNET DAY isn’t just for today, it’s every day.

This year’s theme is Be the change: unite for a better internet.


One of the key messages from parents we spoke to was that the project needed to go into Primary schools, to work with staff and pupils to explore the key issues for them. Many schools are providing quality guidance, information and support, pupils of 8,9 and 10 know all about staying safe, they use the internet properly at school for their studies.

But because primary school children want to be like their older brothers and sisters, who often help them to get set up on social networks and because some parents aren’t aware of what is going on, the problems don’t go away. Not only that some of those problems, come back into school.


We are currently offering two schemes to Primary schools and their wider community; one for pupils  and one for  parents. Why parents? Because they often have secondary school age children too and we want to tackle the issues from both sides…

Pupils: 6 – 7 hours split into 4 sessions or can be done as a whole day activity. Sessions include:        

Warm up games, exercises and skills: Core values what are they?

Forum theatre to look at characters on the outside, fringe and centre of the problem.

Exploration of role play through characters and their experiences.

A media debate involving the whole group to explore some of their key concerns


One of the problems for some young children is that they want to be like their older brothers and sisters; to be able to do the things that they do. Clothes, staying up later, wear make-up, games, phones and social networks. They want all of the ‘fun’, but don’t realise the consequences. We use computers all the time in school. We wouldn’t do anything silly.

But then their older sibling helps and guides them to get online and access social media.


 Parents: 6 -7 hours split into 4 sessions or can be done as a whole day activity: Sessions include:

                                         Fun Drama games and exercises: Trouble shooting key problems

       Leading by example…what do you do to help the situation? 

Don’t dictate, negotiate: how does that work? 

Role play: Consolidating good practice.


Did you know that by the age of 5, some children will have 1,000 pictures on social media?

    One of the major arguments is, do parents have the right to assume control over their child’s identity? They believe, this is our child, we own their identity.

But children believe they can change and control their identity online.

‘Lucy’ is a good example. She said she had asked her dad to de-tag her from “stuff that doesn’t necessarily represent who I am now.”

“It was never a big issue or anything bad, just stuff I preferred people didn’t see,” she said. “There were photos my dad posted of me in Year 6 and Year 7 [aged 11 and 12]. Back then I was quiet and shy, I didn’t really have lots of friends.


For more information and to book a workshop please contact Alan on

07535737247 or email theatreisreallife|@live.co.uk




ONE YEAR AGO TODAY AND STILL GROWING…



“TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY?”

Well not if you are a teenager as the latest figures on self harming are released by a leading charity. 

The children’s charity NSPCC says nearly 19,000 children were admitted to hospital after harming themselves last year – a 14% rise over three years.

One school we know of, use to have two staff to cover all incidents of safeguarding including self harming. Now they have eight staff and anyone can deal with the issue of self harming. Schools are struggling to cope and sadly the situation will only get worse, yet we know why this is happening.

1. Schools focusing on the academic and not looking after the
personal development of young people.

2. The sexualisation of young people in the media.

3. Social network sites.

4. Peer pressure to ‘look good’

5. Parents / carers not doing enough to guide and support their loved ones.

Do we really have to believe in Father Christmas, in the hope that the situation will improve?

Wishing you all a safe and secure Christmas and a caring New Year from My name is Tom.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38252335


 



December news…Dazu Youth Club

                        dazu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        YOUTH CLUB, SOUTHGATE. Friday 25th November 2016.

 

Presented the project to members and got a range interesting and thoughtful responses. Changes needed to the presentation and thank you to the members for their honesty. Thank you to Clare for the opportunity, and Liz and Dan for the support.  For more information about Dazu…http://www.dazu.co.uk/dazu.htm     

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December news…Sharon McQuarrie. Childnet International.

Sharon McQuarrie.

Thurs 24th November 2016.   

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Following my meeting with Will on Tuesday at Barnet, Sharon very kindly invited me to present the project education pack, after which we talked about the key issues for Childnet and the current resources available downloadable here. They come highly recommended… http://www.childnet.com/new-for-schools