Digital Literacy Day
by Site Admin on Monday 12 June 2017
On Monday 5 June, 400 Newport schoolchildren attended a Digital Literacy Day at the University of South Wales. Year 6 and 7 students from St Julian’s High School, St Julian’s Primary and Glan Usk Primary travelled to USW’s Newport City campus to learn about internet safety.
The students attended presentations on; Digital Responsibility, Protecting Yourself Online, Online Behaviour and Cyber Bullying (provided by the NSPCC), and Licensing (provided by the Intellectual Property Office). They then broke into groups to work on a project entitled ‘Internet Friend or Foe’, with the instruction to produce a source of advice for their peer group to stay safe online. They will continue to work on this project in school, and the best piece will be selected for a prize.
This event was a collaboration between the schools, the First Campus partnership at USW and the University’s School of Computing and Maths. First Campus hopes to continue to work with a proportion of the children during their time at St Julian’s High School to raise aspirations and inspire the young people to progress on to Higher Education (HE).
Eric Llewellyn, Associate Head of Computing and Mathematics at USW said, “It was fantastic to have so many young people at City Campus and we hope their experience with us has opened up new possibilities and hopefully inspired a few to go on to University. The children were a credit to their schools - they were polite, motivated and engaged throughout the whole event. The day gave the staff and pupils an opportunity to see what USW has to offer and has demonstrated how accessible we are to the region’s education providers. As Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Cyber Security are becoming key areas within the curriculum, and generally in our daily lives, we are looking forward to supporting the schools in our region to ensure that they are at the forefront of all Digital Literacy initiatives. And finally, if just one child is safer online after the event today we would happily count this as a massive success.”
Liz Bailey, First Campus Coordinator said “It was fantastic to get so many young people on to campus, they have had a taster of what is on offer right on their doorstep. This was a fun and informative event, highlighting the importance of on-line safety, as well as aiding the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. I hope that we have managed to sow the seed about opportunities in HE and I look forward to working with these young people again in the future.”