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Should Your Students Get a Social Media Digital Licence?

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 7, 2019 at 8:18 PM

Peter Barnes

Should all primary school students be required to qualify for a “Social Media Licence”?

That’s the proposal prominent Australian child psychologist, Michael Carr- Gregg has made to the government.

His idea is the licence would be needed before a student could bring a digital device to school.  Students would qualify for the licence by passing an on-line test with questions including privacy, cyber-bullying and how to spot a stranger online.

Great idea, but is it sufficient?

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Topics: Bullying, Social & Emotional Learning

How Do We Reduce Bullying in Our Schools?  NSW Government’s 4 Criteria

Posted by Peter Barnes on March 8, 2018 at 10:04 AM

Peter Barnes

A tiny minority in our community think kids who are bullied should just ‘suck it up” because it “builds character”. 

That’s nonsense.  It’s mid 20th century thinking. And even then it was a minority belief.

We now know that bullying can have devastating impacts. Students involved in bullying can develop behavioural and emotional problems and have trouble learning, according to many academic studies.

Parents and teachers know this, of course. They don’t need studies to tell them what they see happening to their children and students.

How can schools take a stand against bullying? 

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Topics: Bullying, Social & Emotional Learning

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