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The group of E-Monitors at Wales High School. Students will help their fellow pupils stay safe online

The group of E-Monitors at Wales High School. Students will help their fellow pupils stay safe online

Savvy teenagers have been signed up to an innovative new scheme that will help their fellow pupils stay safe when they use the internet.

The sixth formers at Wales High School in Sheffield have been appointed as special E-Monitors in a new taskforce to help youngsters deal with cyberbullying and any other issues online.

They will act as role models providing support, advice and encouragement on all topics of virtual concern.

And the scheme will even be rolled out to help pupils in nearby primary schools in the future.

ICT teacher Vicki Jackson led a training session at the school in Wales for the year 12 pupils.

She said: “I am confident that by raising awareness of online safety matters in this way, this programme will be an invaluable aid to empowering and protecting young people online.

“It will have a positive impact on pupils’ understanding of how to stay safe in our digital world.”

The school already teaches students about e-safety in ICT lessons.

Each sixth former that was selected to be an E-Monitor was chosen because they have good communication and social skills and are enthusiastic about helping other pupils to stay safe while learning, socialising or playing games online.

They were given a certificate in recognition of their role after completing the training session.

The pupils learned what being a mentor means, developed their learning and questioning skills and the importance of confidentiality in their lesson.

They were also taught about the rules of e-safety and how to deal with concerns raised by pupils.

 

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