This week, students at LVS Oxford have been discussing issues around internet safety and why it is important to gain permission from friends and family before you share any photos or videos of them online.
Safer Internet Day provides an important platform for discussing issues and experiences so that students are armed with the facts about what it means to have a digital footprint and how situations and pranks that might seem funny when you are young can cause problems for people later in life. For example, when they are looking for a job.
Yesterday, Time to Talk Day added an important dimension to the students’ conversations around safeguarding their wellbeing.
Louisa Allison-Bergin, Head of School, explains, “Time to Talk Day is all about getting everyone in the country talking about mental health issues so that those who suffer no longer feel isolated with their problems. We recently launched our new mental health policy, which ensures all our students know how to access support from the staff here in school. During the week, we encouraged the students to discuss how things that happen online can impact on emotional wellbeing and it was great to hear them open up about how they currently handle situations and what they might do differently in the future based on what they have learnt during the week. Our students respond well to nationally organised information days and they are a regular feature in school.”
Current research shows that only 15% of young people with an autism spectrum diagnosis are in sustained, full-time employment and we are passionate about changing that statistic.