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18 assemblies promoting a responsible approach to online behaviour
We are in the midst of an electronic revolution, where ever more sophisticated mobile phones, computers and devices give our students access to games, social networking sites, emails, adverts and a wealth of entertainment and information. While the internet has many beneficial uses, it raises a whole raft of new threats for its users.

Available as downloadable PDF, Secondary Assemblies for Online Safety edited by Jan Thompson will help to protect your young people and encourage them to consider how they behave in an online environment. The assemblies provide an invaluable resource which will help you meet your duty to safeguard students against cyber-bullying and promote e-safety throughout your school.

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Summary of contents
This collection of 18 assemblies covers the main themes of online safety and awareness. Cyber bullying and harassment is a big issue, because it seems that young people can be much more cruel in this way than they ever would be face-to-face. Also, there's now no escape for the victims of bullying, as it follows them out of school and into their own homes, or wherever they are on their mobile phones. Sexting is also a growing problem, when young people send sexual pictures of themselves or their peers to one another electronically. Grooming is a sinister use of the internet and, as with bullying, can lead to frightening and dangerous consequences. People of any age can fall victim to the misuse of social networking sites, but young people are experimenting with relationships and some are particularly vulnerable. They need to be aware of the risks and know about the privacy settings on their phones and social networks.

Format of the assemblies
The 18 assemblies are available as PDF downloads and each assembly is divided into the following sections:

Engagement - written to gain the interest of the audience
Reflection - provides the main focus and input of the assembly
Response - allows time for the audience to think about things for themselves.
Each assembly also comes with a ready-made PowerPoint presentation to add a visual element that will aid concentration and impact.

Chapter breakdown
No Substitute
Helen Redfern

With the phenomenal rate of technological progress in society today, young people are spending more and more time online. These assemblies look at the potential drawbacks and dangers of connection via the internet.

Key value for discussion: Valuing relationships
Students are asked to think about:

Why it is not necessarily good to be always available online.
What real friendship should be all about.
Importance of being responsible and respectful and having the courage to stop in all relationships and sexual matters.
No substitute for real conversation
Online messenger services such as MSN provide a place where young people can spend hours in front of a computer communicating with friends far and wide, typing messages or speaking via webcam. But is this a substitute for real conversation? Students are encouraged to consider this question and draw their own conclusions.

No substitute for real friendship
Most students will have a Facebook account and many students will have in excess of 500 'friends'. But is this a substitute for real friendship? Students are asked to reflect on their use of social networks and the possible inherent drawbacks.

No substitute for real relationships
In this present time, you can search for whatever you want on the internet and find it at the click of a button. Young people are increasingly accessing pornography via the internet. But is this a substitute for real relationships? Students are urged to think about the consequences of this kind of internet use

Possible consequences of connection
Helen Redfern

Most young people would claim to be aware of the inherent dangers of connecting with others via the internet and yet we regularly hear stories locally and in the media of the terrible situations that young people can get themselves into. This set of assemblies looks at why students may be vulnerable in their connections and the possible consequences.

Key value for discussion: Learning from the experience of others
Students are asked to think about:

Those who are victims of cyber bullying who may struggle to maintain positive friendships, have low self confidence, and suffer severe mental anguish leading to depression and even suicide.
Anyone they know of who may be involved in sexting, who may struggle to maintain a positive self image, have difficulty to trust anyone ever again, gain a reputation that they struggle to shake off and struggle with intimacy into their adult lives.
Anyone they know of who may be at risk of being groomed, who may struggle to trust anyone who cares for them again and have to live with the memories of their experience.
Cyber bullying
Online friendships can satisfy a need for belonging to some extent but can leave students vulnerable to cyber bullying. Students are asked how they would respond to this young man's cry for help and what they can learn for themselves.

Sending intimate pictures by text or via the internet is happening more and more frequently. Students are encouraged to consider the possible repercussions whilst responding to the situation set out in this diary entry from a teenage girl.

Finding someone who will listen to you and be interested in you while all those around you are too busy is appealing. Students are reminded of the dangers of grooming on the internet as they consider this case study of a young girl.

Out of hand
Ronni Lamont

These three assemblies consider the role of social media in relationships that spiral and become 'Out of hand'.

Key value for students to take away: Stand by your friends
Students are asked to think about:

The difference it makes when they stand up to a friend who's a bully and for a friend who's being bullied, to look out for it and not join in; for friends to help each other from attracting trouble when on social media sites.

Cyber bullies
This assembly tells the true story of Phoebe Prince, an Irish immigrant who committed suicide after being bullied at her new high school. The social media, Twitter and Facebook included, were used by her bullies to torment and abuse her. Students are challenged to think about bullies and bullying.

Internet relationships
In the true story of Megan Meier, a woman posed as a possible boyfriend, and then used the so-called relationship to abuse the victim. This assembly encourages students not to take their social media interactions at face value and to think carefully before entering relationships that can quickly get 'out of hand'.

Gatherings going viral
This assembly tells a story of how a party goes out of control, following the host posting it on 'Facebook'. It underlines for students the importance of using the privacy settings on social media sites, and of considering possible consequences when sharing news of social events.

Copy that
Brian Radcliffe

This set of assemblies raises moral issues such as stealing, cheating and lying connected with downloading material from the internet.

Key value for students to take away: Truth and integrity
Students are asked to think about:

What it feels like to be a thief and a cheat and encourage them to reflect on how they can stop this from happening.

Music for free
This assembly is about music and film downloads. Students are encouraged to consider how copyright infringement is stealing from the artists.

The biggest menu in the world
This assembly is about information browsing. Students are encouraged to consider how they might distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information by making careful choices.

All my own work?
This assembly is about plagiarism. Students are encouraged to consider the temptations and the dangers of downloading essays and homework answers.

New tricks
Joe Walker

This set of assemblies draws out the consequences and dangers of taking people and things at face value. Often, when young people are online, they do not question themselves about whom they are actually chatting to or why they are chatting to them. Just because something looks good and exciting online does not mean it's the 'real deal'.

Key value for students to take away: Being careful
Students are asked to reflect on:

Always exercising caution despite knowing about the potential dangers of online chatting, or giving away their details to strangers. How do they really know what is genuine and what is not?

Giving yourself away
This assembly explores how easily we can be tricked into giving away information about ourselves online and the possible consequences of this. It challenges listeners to consider how careful they are online.

Sign up today!
This assembly explores how easily we can be tricked into signing up for things online and the possible consequences of this. It challenges listeners to consider how aware they are of what they might be signing up for.

Too good to be true
This assembly explores how easily we can be tricked into buying things online which do not turn out to be what they seem. It challenges listeners to consider how aware they are of what they might really be buying.

Online for life
Alison Price

This set of assemblies considers three different ways in which electronic information can seriously affect people's lives. The final assembly in this collection finishes on a positive note with an example of how the internet can be life-enhancing.

Key value for students to take away: Taking care
Yes – the internet allows you the freedom to demonstrate your creativity, your personality and your achievements, but it can also damage your self-image and credibility.

What influences you?
This assembly explores the range of influences that the internet can have on life choices and will specifically explore the impact that the internet can have on body image.

Digital influence
This assembly explores the phenomenon of social networking and the dangers of uploading images to websites that will forever leave a 'digital footprint'.

Positive influence
This assembly will explore the benefits of online forums as a place of support when facing difficulty.

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Pub Date 2012-01
Binding eBook