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I have recently spoken to all Steyning Grammar School students about the importance of making informed decisions – especially with regard to potentially illegal situations or substances. Nationally and locally young people are making the wrong decisions when it comes to sharing indecent images over social media, drug use (especially cannabis) and inadvertent carrying of knives in bags – I remain determined that Steyning Grammar School students should not make such ill-informed decisions. We all want our students to be safe.
We work hard in school to send a clear message about the dangers of these to student welfare and wellbeing, and the damage wrong decisions can make to both physical and mental health. One of the aims of our Learning Character work is to support our students in developing the grit and self-control to both resist peer pressure and to cope positively with the forceful but misleading messages that social media sends to our young people. Growing up right now in our social media world is tough, and we are committed to enabling Steyning Grammar School students to flourish.
The focus of my assemblies was a different angle – the legal implications of decision making in each of these 3 areas. Feedback from students and parents and carers has been positive, and I would be grateful if we could all follow up on these discussions at home as well as in school. I have attached the slides I presented to student for your information and support.