With the UK embracing the social media age more so than our European neighbours, schools and educators are at the frontline of this battle, with parents increasingly looking towards teachers for advice on how to keep children happy and safe on the internet.
A survey of 5,000 school students in England by Digital Awareness UK, on behalf of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) showed that 57 per cent had received abusive comments online, 56 per cent admitted to being on the edge of addiction and 52 per cent that social media makes them feel less confident about how they look.
HMC school Newcastle High School for Girls has began running a new initiative to equip teachers with the tools to work on their own personal wellbeing, whereby they can pass these skills and first-hand knowledge on to the children. Headmistress Hilary French explains that other ways the school is attempting to reach out and educate the children is by establish new ways to learn that don’t involve online material such as Google, and encouraging the children to talk to each other, teachers and parents.
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