This will be my last “Week Ahead” comment because this time next week we will be looking forward to the holidays. My time at Hereworth has come to an end, but more on that can be said later – perhaps!
I had intended to write a message around a theme, “you cannot change what you are prepared to tolerate”, but will leave that to fit in at some stage in the coming week.
For now, something that is at least current in that it affects every young person, and in many cases, indirectly their families, and potentially serious if young people don’t get it right. However, the underlying cause is what adults have done to potentially rob young people of their innocence.
Last week we were pleased to have Detective Sergeant Mark Moorhouse present to a good gathering of parents the realities that exist in regard to what our young people are exposed to through the internet and social media. His message was about the threats to keeping young people safe and the responsibilities we have as parents and educators to protect our children and to support them when issues arise, and for many they will and furthermore, for some they will be life-changing.
While much of Marks ‘detective work is about abuse, his first and main interest is to be an educator. In this capacity, all of those present though he presented superbly. So, while we have promoted the evening as keeping our boys safe, we know that many our boys have older brothers and sisters and, arguably, some of what he was talking about is what older children may have permeating their lives and many parents will not know about it. No child is immune to exposure to inappropriate material and it is about the responses young people themselves have the courage to make and how the adults in their lives can support them. I could say more from my experiences in secondary schools, but I will simply refer you to Mark’s presentation notes attached. He is happy for these to be distributed through our community, such is his empathy for young people and mission to keep them safe.
The PDF document below is his presentation. The three video clips are included as links rather than embedded into the presentation. For me, the Simon Sinek talk is hugely relevant and discusses the addiction of device use. Check this out after the third slide.
I am sure that Mark would be pleased to speak to any parent or friend of Hereworth about any concerns you may have. Please contact me through the school if it is your wish to do so.
One of the main things that we can do as educators and parents is to provide opportunities for young people to be busy and I am pleased to say that the Hereworth lifestyle is one that is very busy. Yes, devices have their place and we can be enriched for having them, but using them wisely is the challenge.
All the best for the last week of the 2018 school year.