Many of you will remember our hugely successful ‘Social Media Free Week’ in January 2017, where students, parents, staff and governors were sponsored to give up social media for one week.
This resulted not only in raising over £1,000 for TIC+, a mental health charity supporting children and young people from 9 to 21 and their families, but also an award presented to some of our students at Gloucester Cathedral. The Nairac Group Award, presented by Dame Janet Trotter Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, was made for their work on Social Media Free Week, the following is an extract from their commendation:
“This Award acknowledges the students’ concern for the wellbeing of not just one particular girl but all those who may be affected by social media anxiety. It also recognises their maturity in addressing the issue in a way which not only made everyone at their school think about the use of social media but also raised money for a worthy cause.”
So, what of 2018? Well, just before Christmas break we announced our ‘Digital Detox’ week which will run from 22 to 29 January 2018. The week-long event is called #UNPLUGGED and involves participants choosing from a series of challenges then being sponsored to see them through to raise money for TIC+.
The aim of our ‘digital detox’ is not only to raise money, however, but also to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining control of our interactions with technology and social media. We want to help our young people to make considered decisions about their use of apps and devices, and to question how much of their time they are spending in this way.
We hope you will feel able to take part in #UNPLUGGED and that (perhaps more importantly) it stimulates conversation about how you use technology in your family. As of today, we have nearly 200 people signed up for the challenge … please talk to your daughter about it, and if she seems reluctant to take part you may want to explore why.
So! Please click here to sign up to #UNPLUGGED via a very quick survey and let’s sees how many students, parents, staff and governors we can get involved – I will keep you updated over the next few weeks. Please feel free to send this on to anyone else that you think might like to challenge themselves for a good cause!
Finally, thank you so much for your continuing interest in supporting our young people in making the right choices!