The three principles, ‘Respect for Self & Others’, ‘Safe & Responsible Use’ and ‘Positive Peer Influence’ when adhered to will anchor a child’s well-being in cyberspace as he will then be able to make careful and well-considered decisions. The two principles, “Respect for Self and Others” and “Safe and Responsible Use” when adhered to will anchor pupils’ well-being in cyberspace as they will then be able to make careful and well-considered decisions.
(1) Respect for Self and Others
Students need to:
- uphold their own dignity when online (e.g. share appropriate content and participate in only legal online activities)
- respect other people online (e.g. put themselves in others’ shoes, accept diverse views and opinions, give credit when using other people’s work and seek permission where necessary, avoid sharing hurtful materials)
(2) Safe and Responsible Use
Students need to:
- have an understanding of the risks of harmful and illegal online behaviours, and take steps to protect themselves (e.g. keep their personal information private, verify the reliability of information using various sources, take steps to avoid dangers they may encounter online)
- make wise and healthy choices (e.g. maintain a healthy balance of their online and offline activities)
(3) Positive Peer Influence
Students need to:
- be a positive role model online (e.g. share healthy and positive content, harness the affordances of technology to do good for society)
- advocate positive online behaviour (e.g. stand up for their peers online, report cases of cyber bullying to a trusted adult/authority, post encouraging remarks on social media)
The school plans and implements a holistic CW education which comprises a) the CW lessons in MOE’s formal curriculum and b) the school-wide programmes (e.g. CW assembly talks, CW Week, CW Roadshow and other CW activities) to reinforce the importance of CW and its messages. For more information on MOE’s formal curriculum, click here.
Highlights from School-Wide Programmes
1. Cyber Wellness Roadshow
Initiated by a team of CW Student Ambassadors, the GSS Cyberheroes
Roadshow was held over 3 days during Cyber Wellness Week. There were different
stations consisting of static and interactive displays, games and photo booths
for students to reinforce CW messages taught during CCE lessons and to promote
the SG ConneXion app. The SG ConneXion app contains a digitized collection of
Cyber Wellness resources created for parents to provide them with an insight on
the CW issues that students face today through the voices of youths themselves
as well as parenting tips on how to guide your children through the age of
2. Cyber Wellness Student Ambassadors Training
Our Cyber Wellness Student Ambassadors serve as active student voices and cascade key CW messages at class and at school level, and support and positively influence their peers in navigating the cyber world responsibly. The school provides training and opportunities for CW Student Ambassadors to champion school-wide CW outreach efforts. Our CW Student Ambassadors have engaged their classmates during CCE lessons through presentations and classroom discussions on CW topics. They have also presented on CW issues during morning assembly sharing sessions, organised a roadshow to reinforce CW messages and have even engaged parents by creating an app on SG ConneXion to share parenting tips that can be adopted when teenagers use social media platforms such as Twitter & Snapchat.
3. Parenting Seminars
A parenting seminar, “Enabling and Helping Our Children Overcome the New World Danger” was conducted on 29 July 2017. The speaker shared real life cyberbullying case studies and brought about awareness of the severity and impact of cyberbullying. Parents were also given tips on how they can help children and youths should they be involved in cyberbullying or know someone who is.
Our CW Student Ambassadors also shared on the SG ConneXion app to parents during the seminar. They engaged parents through a slide presentation, quiz, video and hands-on learning
- Travis Lim (Sec 3/6)
Pathania (Sec 3/1)
- Joseph Tan (Sec 1/3)
Our GSS Cyberheroes have been working since March in the curation of content for the Snapchat platform in the app. Through the app, parents will be able to (i) find out & try out Snapchat, (ii) learn about the possible harmful content that your children can be exposed to when using Snapchat and (iii) learn some practical parental strategies that you can adopt. Refer to the following steps on how to browse the app.