Like all schools we struggled in keeping up with a rapidly changing world with a constant flow of information through a plethora of information sources. There was a growing disconnect between what we as staff and parents understood about what students did and used online platforms for and what the students actually did. As a K-12 site we were also experiencing a rising tide of ever younger students either deliberately or through ignorance inappropriately making use of social media.
Our problems were exacerbated by a core of staff who also believed that they knew how to use social media. The issues were not going away and we knew that something had to be done, that was when I contacted Kirra at Safe on Social Media. It was the best meeting I ever arranged.
Kirra delivered 6 hours of professional learning to the whole staff and throughout the day it was clear that the learning was deep, confronting and thought-provoking. We followed up staff training with student sessions for all students from Year 4 to Year 12 and a parent and community session. The Parent session was the largest attended we have had for some time and interestingly we had people from outside our community attend.
Kirra’s knowledge, skill and general approach put everyone at ease as she presented straight-forward solutions to vexing problems.
We have subsequently signed on as a Safe On Social Media school and forged an ongoing relationship with Kirra – we couldn’t recommend her highly enough and that recommendation is supported by the most amazing feedback from students, staff and our community.