Students Take the Lead in Promoting Cyber Wellness to Their Peers

Published Date: 12 February 2014 12:00 AM

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1.More than 800 students from more than 200 primary schools, secondary schools and junior colleges will come together to learn how they can promote cyber wellness to their peers at the Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme 2014 Conference.

2.Schools with student ambassadors who have made commendable contributions in promoting cyber wellness to their peers will be recognised through the Cyber Wellness STudent Ambassador Recognition (STAR) Award. 20 schools from primary to junior college level have been selected and will put up an exhibition at the conference to showcase their efforts. More details on the Cyber Wellness STudent Ambassador Recognition (STAR) Award can be found in Annex A.

3.In line with the theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day that we commemorated on 11 February 2014, the theme for this year’s conference is “Let’s Create a Better Internet Together”. It focuses on how student ambassadors can take the lead in becoming a positive online presence by creating meaningful and responsible relationships online.

4.The annual conference is the key event of the Cyber Wellness Student Ambassador Programme (CWSAP), which aims to promote cyber wellness peer advocacy.

5.By providing an extended platform for student voices on cyber wellness, the CWSAP complements existing cyber wellness education efforts. It also deepens the student ambassadors’ understanding of cyber wellness issues and helps them develop ideas to promote cyber wellness. Under the guidance of their cyber wellness teacher coordinator, the student ambassadors will play an active role in promoting good cyber wellness practices to the larger student community.

6.The emphasis on peer-to-peer education in the CWSAP’s approach ensures that the learning is authentic, relevant and impactful. It is also aligned to the focus on ‘Values in Action’ in the new Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum.

7.Organised by student leaders from the School of Science & Technology, Singapore (SST) and Innova Junior College (IJC), the conference will be held over three days for students from different levels. The first conference, which is for primary schools, is held at SST on 12 February 2014. The conference for junior college students will be held at IJC on 17 March 2014, and the one for secondary school students will be held at SST on 26 March 2014.

8.Besides planning the programme, the SST and IJC student leaders will facilitate discussions with participants on cyber wellness issues such as cyber bullying.

9.The second phase of the CWSAP is from 2014 to 2016. It is a three-year collaboration between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Media Development Authority (MDA) under the auspices of the Inter-Ministry Cyber Wellness Steering Committee (ICSC).

10.From 2009 to 2013, the CWSAP was a project under the ‘BackPackLIVE!’ Programme, which was a four-year collaboration between MOE, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Microsoft Singapore. It had reached out to more than 1,400 student ambassadors.

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