Harrow Way Take Lead on Internet Safety

Harrow Way Unicef Peer Educators are leading the way across Hampshire in tackling internet safety and cyber bullying. Presenting at the Anti Bullying Conference in Winchester, the Year 10 students ran a workshop and shared their resource which has been delivered to all year 7 and 8 students by the Peer Educators in ICT lessons.

The Anti Bullying Conference, organised by Hampshire County Council, was attended by primary and secondary schools from across the county and a number of agencies which support young people in Hampshire. The Harrow Way presentation shared the school’s expertise on internet safety which is based around the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, Article 16 which is every child has the right to privacy – the law should protect the child’s private, family and home life.

Nicola Pearce, Deputy Headteacher explains further: “The values of being a Unicef Rights Respecting School run through everything we do here at Harrow Way . Over a number of years our Peer Educators have been working on a model which defines what it means to be a rights respecting school, what a rights respecting classroom looks like and the behaviours students can expect and accept from one another. By defining the boundaries in this way, students are very clear of their and others’ rights with regard to internet safety and cyber bullying. More importantly rather than just focusing on how to keep themselves safe they have also had to examine how their behavior could potentially impact on others and it is this two pronged approached which has proved so effective.”

At the conference the Harrow Way Unicef Peer Educators presented the workshops they have been running at school for Year 7 and 8 students and shared all the resources to allow all Hampshire schools to run the same sessions. Nicola Pearce continues: “The quality of their presentation was exceptional and they communicated clearly, maturely and with good humour. Following their session they were in great demand with both students and teachers looking to ask further questions on our Rights Respecting approach to internet safety and cyber bullying. The team have made some great contacts to support them with their future work.”

For further information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.

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