Cyber-bullies beware, a school in Scotland is rallying the troops.
St Andrews Primary School in Carrickstone has been awarded a ‘Cyber Bullying Project’ Community Education Award for their anti bullying project, which aims to teach students about the safe use of social media.
St Andrews is not just the only school leading the charge, but the six other primary schools within the cluster group.
Begining after the headteachers within the group visited Sky Academy in Livingstone, to take part in workshops surrounding social media, which provided a massive bounty of information for teachers to work from and use in educating little minds on the dangers of over exposure on the internet.
Thus began the focus of the project, the teachers began plans to use social media to build the relationships between Y6 students in the cluster, to make sure of a safe and welcoming atmosphere when pupils started secondary education. Leaving would be cyber-bullies with no wriggle room whatsoever.
Students were given a task to develop a broadcasting campaign on the safe use of social media, which they would then present to students and other groups from the partner schools. The campaign gave students ample opportunity, in collaboration with the high school, to learn graphics, art and IT to help them develop their broadcasts.
So far the entire project has helped (exactly as planned) develop links between classes and even the whole schools. Meaning not only are students working closer together but also the schools themselves.
This year’s Y6 classes will be travelling to high school with friends already made, but the project doesn’t end there, St Andrews has plans to expand the project so that it’s well and truly ready for next year.