Digital Health Check ©
Digitally Yours now offers a three-part Digital Health Check© to help empower and meet the needs of children, young people and their parents in all things online.
The Internet changes hour-by-hour and keeping children safe can be a lonely world. Our aim is that all children and young people can have a healthy relationship with the Internet and feel able to be the best digital citizens they can be.
A very wise 12-year-old young man (on one of our empowement projects) once said:
"The internet isn's dangerous; people are dangerous."
So we want to make sure the people we meet are not the ones being dangerous, they are the ones consciously creating content, rather than clicking, sharing and taking part in activities that may leave them open to risky situations.
We use interactive and engaging activities that promote responsibility rather than fear in an age apporopriate way.
Part One - The Digital Health Check©
Mrs Stace, Headteacher at Westfield Primary School, said the Digital Health Check© was well received by the children in years 4,5, and 6 who enjoyed spending time with Sam exploring their digital footprint, avenues of support and how to feel more empowered online. The sessions were energetic and creative and gave informartion on internet safety and empowerment at the right level for the children.
The health check is carred out with up to 30 children in a one hour session. There is a quiz at the beginning of the session which is prepared just days before the session to make sure the information used is as up to date as it can be, in relation to the applications (apps) being used in their age group.
We look at:
- A hand of support to identify the child's specific support network as well as agencies available to offer external support
- A digital footprint that links to consent and consequences of actions
- A bunting pledge that asks the children to think of up to four alternatives to using the internet and any device they may have at home
- An empowerment discussion about the word no!
Then depending on the age of the group we also explore:
- The Law
- Impact of the decisions made online
- Fake news and profiles
Part Two - The Parent's Digital Health Check
This is carried out 2-3 weeks after the initial Digital Health Check© with parents either at the school or youth organisation.
It is a 1.5 hour session (at a time agreed by the organisation/school) that seeks to empower parents to better understand what thier children are engaging with, linking back to the session they have previously had in thier school/organissarion. It starts with an apps quiz (like the one the children do) and a brief explanation of each one and what it does.
We look at:
- What children are engaging with
- Why they send inappropriate images of themselves to each other
- Consequences and the law
- How to say no to your child
- Alternatives to the internet
- Signs of internet abuse/bullying/exploitation
This can all be delivered to suit any speicifc needs the school/organisation may identify so can be tailored to meet any issues or concerns.
Part three - Empowerment Session
Once the Digital Health Checks© have been carried out, the school/organisation can take advantage of a 2-hour session for up to 10 children/young people who are in need of a more targetted approach to having a healthy relationship online.
The session covers:
- Building a wall of resillience when it comes to the interent
- How to keep safe and empowered in online decisions
- Deeper exploration of fake profiles/fake friends
- Online imagery and is it real?
- What online bullying it
- How to protect yourself while gaming online - shoud you really do something for a VBuck?
The session is specific to the age group and needs identified by the school/organisation. Those taking part will build (and take away) a mindfulness box with all thier work as well as some sensory items such as shower gel and soap to help give them a place to go to think about something else other than the internet.
"The children were thrilled by their special box that they can use, they are a lot more confident with what they can safely do online. They had fun, as Sam made it fun for them."
(Parent of three children who took part in their own epowerment sessions)