Greenford High School has been successful in their bid to John Lyon's Charity for their “E-safety for high schools” project to safeguard and educate young people from the increasing risks emanating from new technologies and the internet. The paper aimed at addressing the significant gap in e-safety provision across schools, the project will enable this school in West London to share and replicate their innovative model of good practice – recently commended by the Ealing Health Improvement Team – with three high schools as part of a three-year training and development programme.
This paper aims to provide some background to the project and outline its unique holistic and multifaceted approach to managing e-safety and cyberbullying, within the context of a broader social, behavioural and educational model rather than the narrowly defined ICT context within which it is traditionally perceived.
E-safety is a whole school issue and can only be effectively addressed through collective critical thinking and a social, cultural and educational approach.
This e-safety project is unique in promoting the opportunities afforded by technology through harnessing the positive role of the bystander and addressing e-safety through a broader, social model and multifaceted approach.
The author would like to thank Dr Chris Abbott for inspiring and empowering her to take her master's research forward at Greenford High School. Similarly, the author is grateful to the school's senior leadership team and BeatBullying for their unwavering support and faith in the pilot programme, in particular the Headteacher, Mathew Cramer and Child Protection Officer, Jane Ayshford, who has mentored the author through this pioneering journey. Finally the author would like to extend thanks to Mark Robinson, Karen Gibson and Sonita Pobi from the local authority and Ealing Health Improvement Team, for their ongoing dedication, support and commitment to e-safety.
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