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Wednesday, March 30 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Paper Presentation 2/1: 483 Developing Student Leadership In Cyber Wellness Through Peer Advocacy Approach LIMITED

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This presentation focuses on the effort by Ministry of Education, Singapore (MOE) in promoting the peer advocacy approach for cyber wellness education amongst students in Singapore schools.   The presentation will highlight the case studies of two partner schools which took a proactive step to develop a culture of student leadership in cyber wellness through the peer advocacy approach.

Research (DiBasilio, 2008; Rigby, 2008) has shown that peer leaders in schools played an important role in the prevention of cyberbullying  as they helped to create awareness about bullying in the school and develop leadership skills among students.  Spears and Kofoed (2013) also found that for cyberbullying, young people not only wanted a voice but particularly wanted to be acknowledged as having expertise, and to be involved in the education of each other and their parents and teachers.

In addition, as youths are highly attuned to, and impacted by, the developments in the online space, they are in the best position to lead their peers on the importance of safe and responsible online behaviour.  To this end, MOE created a structure to promote peer advocacy for cyber wellness amongst the Singapore schools. This is done in collaboration with two partner schools where their student leaders led in the planning and implementation of the engagement programme to reach out to the schools in Singapore.  

The peer-to-peer approach of the programme, not only has created more opportunities for student participants to network and share ideas on cyber wellness, it has provided fresh perspectives and made learning about cyber wellness more authentic, relevant and impactful with the active student leaders’ voice.  This approach has also helped to provide experiential learning opportunities for the student leaders themselves to hone their leadership skill in advocating cyber wellness to their peers. 

Since its launch, the programme has received positive feedback from the participating students.   For the two partner schools, they have successfully developed a student leadership structure to promote peer advocacy within and beyond their schools and entrench a culture of active peer advocacy in cyber wellness.  Moving forward, MOE is spreading this approach to two new partner schools in 2016 to further grow student leadership in cyber wellness.

Presenters
avatar for LOH KWAI YIN

LOH KWAI YIN

HOD, Special Projects, School of Science and Technology, Singapore
In her 22 years in the education service, Kwai Yin has taught Mathematics, Computer Applications and Elements of Office Administration. In 2009, Kwai Yin joined the School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) as one of the pioneer staff, overseeing the ICT department and the... Read More →
TL

TAN LILY

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DIVISION, MOE HQ
WM

WONG MIN YIN

School of Science and Technology, Singapore


Wednesday March 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm GMT+08
MR 327