Parenting in the Digital AgeAn evening workshop was held on Friday 9th March for parents of all year groups that explored inside the teenage brain to take a close look at the key changes taking place, the impact of technology and how it is affecting youth culture. Parents were encouraged to start conversations with their children and to team up to give them the best input and support. Hurstmere was commended for providing such a current and informative workshop. Parents said: “The workshop was a real eye opener.” “It helped me to deal with my sons and them making sensible decisions.” “The workshop definitely met my expectations. It was extremely well presented, easy to listen to and involving parents during the evening.” “It was a relief to know I am not alone in my battles with digital gaming time.” “It was very reassuring to hear other parents’ worries and experiences surrounding online issues and to know that I am not the only parent with concerns.” “I found the whole thing very useful, especially when seeing the research and statistics!” “We have taken some of the ideas and put in them into practice already, and it’s working well so far!” “As we were told at the workshop ‘we should not be a friends to our kids, we should be friendly parents’. It may take a while for our son to get used to the changes but I hope one day he will be grateful.”
Healthy Relationships in the Digital AgeYear 9 pupils enjoyed a workshop on Friday 9th March that focussed on how technology is shaping the lives and relationships of young people. Jason Royce, of Souster Youth, talked to our pupils about developing healthy and positive relationships, whilst highlighting safe boundaries to follow. Tips and suggestions were given for young people to identify their own values and successfully tackled key issues like pornography and sexting. The feedback from pupils was positive and constructive and included: “The workshop made me aware that you need to be careful about the things you watch on-line” “The workshop was not a lecture. We were given the knowledge and we make our own decisions” “It was excellent because it opened my eyes to what goes on behind the screen” “I learned what the dangers of pornography can lead to for teenagers.” “It taught me the effects technology has on mental and physical health and the importance of spending some time off of my mobile phone and PS4”. “It was useful for some of us as we may have already made bad decisions involving digital technology. It told us how to stay aware or change our use of technology and to keep away from dangers”. “A lot of us were able to relate to the stories Jason told us.”
Fake News Hits Hurstmere!A group of talented Year 7 pupils from Mrs Murphy's English class responded to their reading of sci-fi novel 'The Boy in the Tower' by writing and starring in their own fake news bulletin this week.The broadcast forms Hurstmere's entry into Bexley's Children's Literacy Award, where pupils were challenged to interpret the social and moral significance of a novel they had read. The boys were keen to not offer a diary entry or a book review, but respond in a creative and engaging style. Their broadcast is based on the idea of young men endeavouring to save their school and local community from alien invasion, which is closely linked to the plot of the novel. From this, they have also learnt how to write a script and perform on camera. We hope that you enjoy their efforts!
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