Students inspire change

12th Mar, 2014

Fancy the VIP experience of a personal Gavin James gig and wondering how you’re going to enter (and potentially win!) the #Up2Us competition?

Well, the guys over at Mercy College in Coolock, in Dublin, defo put the COOL into Coolock.

They had the same musings and came up with not one, not two, not three (you get the idea…), but eight, yes eight, positive actions linked to the #Up2Us campaign.

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As part of the YSI week, Mercy’s transition year students held an Internet Safety Awareness Week.

Here’s what they organised:

  • Presentations at assembly time to each year group
  • The reading out of Internet Safety Messages on the intercom every morning for that week
  • An Internet Safety thoughts board
  • The running of an Internet Safety competition – best poem, best superhero, best poster, crossword, word search and a lunchtime scavenger hunt
  • Asking students to sign a petition against the website Ask.fm
  • Conducting a survey on internet safety at the school
  • Carried out Random Acts of Kindness on Internet Safety day (Our fave!) like giving free hot chocolates to students that did RAK
  • Created a 4-minute video on Internet Safety called ‘Your safety is ON the LINE’

Large, large pat on the back for all the peeps over at Mercy College.

This is the type of thing we’re looking for and we’ve no doubt that the transition year’s fab actions led to some really positive change and empowered students to beat cyberbullying.

And that’s what it’s all about guys – empowering your community to be the change.

So roll up your sleeves, get your thinking caps on and be more like the Coolock gang!

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