Bringing internet safety to life
We had the pleasure of welcoming St Marys and High March to Davenies to take part in an E-safety performance Click, in conjunction with the Theatre Company Alter Ego. The theatre project, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, addressed awareness of cybercrime and online safety across Buckinghamshire.
The aim of the project is to develop an understanding of healthy online relationships, for young people, addressing topics including the sharing of inappropriate images and cyberbullying. The 45 minute production centred on critical thinking, digital literacy and online resilience. Key messages included how to look after your digital footprint, changing your privacy settings and filtering friends from strangers when online gaming. The group demonstrated how easily online grooming can happen and how fake profiles can be created. The children were asked to be aware of what they send online, and ensure that it cannot be used to trick, trap or bully them.
Some scenes displayed examples of an online proclivity towards sexist, homophobic, transphobic and racist comment and reminded the audience that many young users may be unknowingly making remarks of this kind. The group linked this to a cautionary message about the importance of making reasoned judgements on what we see and read online. Maintaining healthy online relationships was Alter Ego’s final message, encompassing all that had come before. Peer pressure, they reminded us, is not normal and should be regarded as a red flag when encountered. They stressed that communication, equality, trust and respect are essential pillars of good online mental health.