Whatever you do in a school, online safety will always be an issue because of its very nature - mobile and forever changing.
We believe that one of the best ways to keep the profile of online safety in school a priority is to involve the pupils. They are the ones who are using the technology and seeing the changes. They are the ones who often know more than their teachers, although they don't have the maturity to always make sensible choices. If anyone is going to make a difference to online safety in a school, it's the pupils!
With PRISM pupils receive specialist teaching from a programme leader, and then they lead workshops and learning sessions with their peers across school. It's a simple model, but one we have tried and tested, so we know what works and how best to engage pupils with this.
So, we were so pleased to meet the first group of schools to take part in our #prism project - Primary Internet Safety Mentors.
Each school taking part had selected the course for a specific online safety reason and to meet real development needs. We were really humbled to find out also that two schools had chosen to attend because their pupils / school council had asked to do so! That's real pupil voice, isn't it?
Here are a couple of images from the day, where you can see colleagues working hard, exploring the resources in their PRISM packs. They each received a folder and CD full of activities, presentations and learning materials, some of which they hadn't seen before. So, it was very exciting! We had some fun trying the activities out and of course, the biscuits were yummy too!
You can read initial evaluations below and we will post more details over the coming weeks. If you would like to find out more about PRISM or would like this project in your school or cluster, please get in touch.