North Bridge House Canonbury
The rapidly evolving world of social media and digital communications can be a powerful adjunct to teaching and in building strong relationships between your school, pupils and parents. It also has the potential to disrupt learning, have a corrosively negative impact on pupil relationships, and may present staff with conflicts between their proper relationships with pupils, a professional duty of care and a school’s legal accountability. This course is designed to share and develop best practice in how schools can be aware of the issues, help pupils manage their on-line presence and relationships, support parents in an area of mystery to them and ensure that staff and the school are not professionally or legally compromised.
Session A – “What.. you’re still using Facebook….? – this session will update delegates on the current social media tools and apps that are being used and how they work
Session B – “But it must be true.. **** told me on Whatsapp” Understanding the impact of the use of social media on pupil wellbeing, social skillfulness and the social climate within school. Is it always a negative impact or can we make it a force for good?
Session C – “Its Saturday evening and a pupil has contacted me to say that, via social media, the believe one of their peers to be at risk” What is our response and accountability if out of school hours we become concerned for the safety or well being of a pupil? What is our duty of care and our legal position? What policies and procedures should be in place.
Session D – “Headteacher – please ban my child from using social media”. What is our parental education programme? How do we enable pupils to positively manage their digital lives including the use of social media.
The course will be highly interactive and adopt an experiential approach. Delegates will need to be equipped with a mobile digital device and a laptop.
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