A student from Selston High School recently attended the Safer Internet Forum 2019 which took place on 21 November 2019 in Brussels, Belgium with a theme of “From online violence to digital respect”.
Jessica Steele volunteered to be a Selston High School Digital leader back in July of 2018 and Childnet, the coordinators of the online course, were so impressed with her responses to some of the more challenging questions they asked her to apply for one of the four Digital Champion roles in the UK
After a gruelling video interview, she was successful and began her role as a Digital Champion. She has taken this role seriously and makes monthly group phone calls with the other Digital Champions and Childnet to help them develop their online platform and discuss the current E-safety problems facing today’s children. “I think it is incredibly important to be a Digital Leader as I represent and support the students in our school, as a Digital champion I can help young people across the country”, says Jessica
When the opportunity come to be involved with the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels she jumped at the chance. Jessica says, “the Safer Internet Forum was an amazing experience, not only because of the conference itself, but because of the amazing people I met from all over Europe. The BIK youth panel were an incredible group of people who have become my lifelong friends and I hope we can all stay in touch. Overall, I loved every second of the SIF and encourage anyone who get the chance to go!”
Building on the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children, the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) is an annual international conference delivered under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Bringing together young people, parent and teacher representatives, industry and government policy makers, technological and awareness-raising experts, and political, educational and social leaders from Europe and beyond, this one-day event takes a multi-stakeholder approach to considering the impact of technology on individuals and society.
The 2019 edition of SIF explored the topic of online violence and its various forms, and how digital respect can act as an antidote to this phenomenon.
Children and young people in particular should feel safe and respected online; equally, they should feel able and empowered to be active public participants in digital life.
Selston High School http://www.selstonhighschool.notts.sch.uk
More information about Childnet can be found here https://www.childnet.com/
SAFER INTERNET FORUM 2019 www.betterinternetforkids.eu/sif