The General Data Protection Regulation is set to be enforced into all EU member states by May 2018. So, what is the GDPR and why are the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors around the country supporting the campaign against it?
The GDPR is said to ‘harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy’ and will be the most important change to laws regarding data privacy in 20 years.
It will restrict the age at which individuals can lawfully give consent as well as regulating the way online services obtain children’s consent. Article 8 in the new regulation states children under the age of 16 will need parental consent when accessing ‘information society services’ such as social media.
However, it allows member states to adjust that limit to anywhere between 13 and 16. The campaign to lower the age restriction is already underway! To join the campaign or give your opinions, share them on https://www.facebook.com/GDPRhaveyoursay/
As teenagers brought up in a society heavily influenced by technology, we will be affected by this because our freedom of speech/ thought and the freedom to access and share information is being restricted. Research has show, by the age of 13, teenagers are adept at reasoning so why are teenagers being asked to become dependent on their parents? It seems politicians think teenagers are untrustworthy and lack responsibility… lets prove them wrong.
By supporting the campaign, you are helping to create a stronger force to combat the restrictions put in place by the GDPR regulations. Teenagers should be allowed control over their own social media accounts and other sites which might help some feel a sense of community.
During the last week before the February half term, the Anti-Bullying team cut out hundreds of paper hearts for the Valentine’s Day special event.
These hearts were handed to form tutors who were encouraged to ask everyone in their form to write a compliment on a heart for someone else. Many hearts were also left in baskets around school for people who wanted to write more compliments and hand them out.
This year, the event was a huge success and baskets were empty by the end of the week. Lots of people had been busy writing compliments for their friends but also teachers! The success highlights the friendly, supportive environment the school has created and the passion of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors worked hard during meetings planning the event and cutting out the hearts. Well done to all those who took time out of a busy school day to share happiness!
Broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham is autistic – he has Asperger’s Syndrome, meaning he struggles in social situations and has difficulty with human relationships. In this documentary, Chris confronts this subject with honesty and allows viewers to experience what it is like living with autism. Although he considers himself “a little bit weird”, Asperger’s has helped make him who he is today and Chris celebrates his differences in this one hour special.
Michael Segovia, Senior Consultant at CPP, Inc., reflects on his past experiences and the ability to explore and appreciate others’ differences, as well as his own. He presents an interesting argument and question to ask yourself: what are you doing to encourage others to be all they can be? The TED Talk is one of many that encourages being respectful of each others’ differences.
We hope these give an insight into the message the team are trying to spread!
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Princess of Wales’ death, the charity has created a new identity with the re-branding of the logo.
“We wanted to ensure that we created something truly progressive rather than memorial, an inspirational symbol that captured Princess Diana’s enduring legacy and ensures her spirit lives on,” says the companies creative director, Sean Thomas.
The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of the Princess and its aims were originally to congratulate young people for their kindness and compassion.
The charity also runs the Anti-bullying Ambassadors programme.
The new identity of the charity relates to the concept that young people have the power to help change the world and make a difference.
The logo definitely looks fantastic and the new identity consists of values we aim to achieve here in school.
In a recent study, celebrities wished they had an Anti-bullying team within their schools to help tackle important issues.
The study also revealed the urge from students and teachers to create an Anti-bullying team in schools where they don’t exist.
We are proud of the Anti-bullying team here at AGGS and its achievements and hope they continue for years to come!
Anti-bullying Week runs from 13-17 November each year and the theme this year is: ‘All Different, All Equal’. The idea is to promote differences and help young people celebrate what makes them, and others, unique . Our main aim as Anti-bullying Ambassadors is to help people understand why it’s important that every child feels included in the school community and allow them to express themselves without fear of bullying.
In AGGS, the Anti-Bullying team will be presenting assemblies to all year groups and will be promoting equality throughout the week through a range of activities. So keep your eyes open during November!
Traditionally at the start of a new year, we make resolutions about how we can change our life for the better. We would like to give everyone an opportunity to start 2017 in a positive way with one another.
Have you fallen out with someone or had an argument that has not been resolved with a friend? Anti bullying ambassadors have come up with an idea to post messages to a friend and it is called the ‘Sorry Box’.
This is how it works:
Write down what you would like to say
Sign you name
Address the envelope with the name of the person and your name on the back
Post the envelope into the private post box outside the medical room
The anti bullying ambassadors will deliver it on your behalf
Keep it positive – this should not be a way of pursuing an argument or any ill feeling. The purpose is to rebuild a friendship.
Letters will not be delivered if your name isn’t visible on the outside as this will be used as evidence of posting so it can be tracked.
If you receive a letter/card that is not appropriate please report this immediately to Miss Wright.
We hope the Sorry Box will help resolve arguments and mend friendships. 🙂
Year 10 girls went to Anti-Bullying training day at Old Trafford, run by the Diana Award – Anti-Bullying programme. They willl now be joining our current year 11 ambassadors to carry on the good work in school.
The theme ‘Power for Good’ is being promoted throughout the school week. Anti bullying Ambassadors have given assemblies to all year groups about how we can all make a change and create a friendly school environment.
We have recommended teachers to plan out activities for their form that help build teamwork skills. Anti bullying ambassadors will be visiting their Year 7 forms and playing games that require concentration and of course, they will be fun!
Teachers have also been asked t switch up seating plans so students can talk to other people they might not usually have conversations with.
We also recommend complimenting people this week, even a smile can brighten up someone’s day!