Looking back at Safer Internet Day 2014
As a member of the Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET) I had the opportunity to enroll as a volunteer for the Safer Internet Day 2014. Through this initiative I have delivered 3 sessions about safe and responsible internet use to a total of 63 students at 2 different schools.
The event took place last week Tuesday, and looking back at that day I can only describe it as a fantastic and very meaningful experience. I was truly amazed by the interaction of the students during these sessions. As a result my biggest issue in fact was to be able to deliver all content during a 60 minute timeslot. Students giving up their afternoon break to keep talking was just another indicator they found the session content really interesting.
I was surprised to see that almost every student had a personal device (computer, tablet, Smartphone …) to go online with … even at such a young age. At the same time I was happy to see and hear that many of them are actually already very much aware of the dangers and pitfalls that exist online. Many of them gathered that knowledge through similar initiatives coming from organizations like Child Focus.
The positive feedback received from the students and their teachers afterwards are truly rewarding and confirm that this is a fantastic initiative. An initiative which I hope to be part of again in the future.