‘Every generation's experience of youth is different. And ours is framed by social media.’ The quote is from a speech by a 14-year-old keynote speaker at a Childnet Safer Internet Day event in 2023. It makes it clear that young people have a unique experience to share. It's vital that we promote student agency and include their voices in our work to ensure they have the skills to navigate the online world safely, especially in the context of a rapidly changing tech world.
When students know you care about the issues affecting them online and can guide them with up-to-date and engaging online safety education, the space for discussion and support begins to take shape. Here are resources to help.
As international schools continue to expand their horizons with off-site educational trips, the importance of student safety during these excursions has never been more important. Leila Holmyard outlines ten practical steps all schools can follow to ensure off-site adventures are not only educational and enriching but also safe and secure.
As we reflect on the past year, it's with a sense of pride that we share the milestones and innovations that have marked our journey.
In schools worldwide, educators and staff members play a critical role in promoting the well-being of students. One pressing concern that schools must address is self-harm among students. Self-harm is a complex issue that demands a sensitive and informed approach that takes account of your school’s culture and context.
‘I came out the second the plane touched the runway’ ... Dane Rowley shares guidance for schools and universities on how to know and do better to support LGBTQ+ international students moving to study in new countries.
Our hearts are heavy as we learn how conflict around the world is impacting colleagues, students and their families in schools and universities. Here’s some guidance as we try to make sense of and navigate these distressing times.
'We are preparing for an overnight camp with students, and one of the children in my grade level is transgender. This is a first for us. …’ Read how Dr Emily Meadows guided a recent teacher inquiry.
We're hearing that schools are increasingly concerned about suicidal ideation and the risk of suicide in their communities, especially since the pandemic. Leila Holmyard outlines some resources and guidance around prevention, response and policies.
Safeguarding in international schools is often complex. Child protection concerns must be handled sensitively and in accordance with local laws as well as international standards. When school leaders proactively identify legal mechanisms and requirements that impact safeguarding, they can better respond to concerns when they arise. We offer ten legal questions that schools can explore proactively and advice on how to find the answers to these questions in your context.
How do we best talk to our students about body image? While shifting the focus from body image to fostering self-worth, the impact of social media cannot be ignored. Nutritionist Molly Gerster shares three activities to create an environment of self-worth in your school.
For some, gaming and well-being are opposing terms, with concerns regularly raised by parents, educators and politicians about the time young people spend online. Sayo Okamoto explains esports and shares her perspective on the positives.
Educational institutions have long explored methods to respond to student behavioural issues, interpersonal conflicts, and student/staff tensions in the classroom and beyond. Restorative practices offer an alternative approach, looking through a lens of harm, accountability, and restoration.
We asked Cath Brew, Lindz Amer and Shaun Delenty about the key challenges educators face as they cultivate belonging for LGBTQ+ individuals.
We asked two specialists about the challenges facing our community related to child protection and safeguarding right now (and what our workshops can do to help).
From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, Safer Internet Day each February aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.
As a new year dawns, here's a round-up of our most popular blogs in 2022, in case you missed them.
Valérie Besanceney explores how students won't be able to reap all the benefits of their education if unaddressed emotions are impeding their ability to learn. She outlines intentional ways to embed transitions-care within and between schools.
We talk a lot about ‘culture shock’, the anxiety and uncertainty created by experiencing a new culture, language, weather, food, and behaviours. But what about the 'health culture shock' that can occur in doctors' consulting rooms in other countries and cultures?
We're seeing increasing reports of eco-emotions such as eco-anxiety. Helping children to make sense of what is happening in the world is vital. Climate psychologists outline six tips for how to talk with young people about it.