Bristol is getting #Connected!
A word from Company Director, Krystal Keeley, as our city-wide tour of Connected inspires Bristol’s communities to be E-SAFE.
After the E Safety Roadshow ‘Connected’ completed in the South of Bristol, I was left a little overwhelmed shall we say?! Not only had students from Bedminster Down school trained as E-Safety Champions, they had shared their knowledge and wisdom with witty humour to the local community, with an impeccable display of talent and enthusiasm.
Something told me mid-way through this process that these students took this role very seriously, and that they were committed to guiding young people in everything from social media to passwords, and I wasn’t wrong! I couldn’t have been prouder of the Champions, and couldn’t even begin to wonder what other antics we would see these talented bunch embark on… Secretly, I thought that the Unique Voice Team Leaders had competition for their future jobs!
That’s when National Safer Internet Day arrived and we decided to mark the end of the programme by celebrating the students’ talent and investment into the project. In a packed Bedminster Down hall we welcomed staff, students, local South primaries, press and parents to come and see a variety of acts that included comedy sketches, presentations, songs, dances and beat poetry.
All of these creative performances explored E Safety and celebrated the positives that the internet can provide if used correctly. During the event I turned around to see lots of engaged audience members and felt a rush of nerves for our young champions, but, I needn’t of worried, they went to another level with their confidence and not only were they putting on a good show they were celebrating and indulging in their role as informers. The future generation have exciting and informative ideas that are bound to inspire and educate!
I would love to report that the day ran without any hitches but, that wouldn’t be true, as funnily enough we had some technical hitches with our online presentations! The irony!
I have to say my favourite moment of the day had to be at the very end when representatives from Bedminster Down, Val Rowles, The Early Help Team, Caroline Donald, primary schools Victoria Park, Parson Street & Headley Park, and the Unique Voice team, all pledged to stay Connected.
It was a very special moment and the community vibe made it all the more memorable. Watching everyone leave with their artwork pledge in hand was a fantastic end to what’s been a brilliant tour!
Thank you to all those that participated and of course our wonderful E Safety Champions at Bedminster Down.
Connected now embarks on a city-wide tour… coming soon to a school near you!
Let’s stay Connected!
For advice and useful links, please see our E-safety Top Tips for Parents
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