Children love new technology (I should know I have three children of my own), however many of us struggle to know how best to actively learn from children's skills and experience online...
Many parents are clueless when it comes to their children’s use of the internet and mobile phones. They recognise the benefits (including the babysitting function) yet are anxious about the risks of their children accessing content which is largely un-moderated or classified.
The internet is now an indispensable part of modern life (both economic, educational, and social), - and indeed seen by many as essential as electricity or running water. This means that the protection argument has to move on from one of restricting and “bolting down the risks” to educating and empowering users to equip themselves with online life skills so they can manage risks – just as we do in every other part of our lives.
I am an independent freelance professional working in the fast-changing field of new communications technology, predominantly where it impacts on the lives of children, parenting, schools and the wider society.
I am passionate about education and helping people to use the technology to really make a positive difference. Having worked for and led innovative non-profit organisations over the last 20 years, I first and foremost love collaborating with people, making projects successful and working for change.
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Stephen has worked with Southwark Children's Services since 2008 on a range of important projects including delivering cyberbullying training across our schools, organising a borough-wide competition for children, running our CPD courses for teachers on how to combat cyberbullying and undertaking specialist E-safety training for groups such as foster parents and ICT co-ordinators.
Stephen has the unique ability to work effectively with both children, parents and professionals and the feedback we continue to receive from schools who have benefited from Stephen's training has been excellent, with many have commenting to me personally what a difference Stephen's training has made and how inspired they have been from Stephen's approach to working with young people.
We are will be continuing to work with Stephen and recommend to our schools that they use his services. I would strongly recommend Stephen's work to other Local Authorities and schools, as long as that doesn't take him away from working with us !"
Paul Morgan Head of E-Learning, Southwark Local Authority
Hearing about Stephen's experience of working with Microsoft in other countries and helping schools understand the importance of e-safety, we invited Stephen to be a key note speaker at a major conference we were sponsoring on citizenship and the Internet herein Estonia. The feedback we had from delegates was exceptionally positive and teachers really appreciated the practical advice and the training on how to help children get the most out of social networking and mobile technology. They also appreciated the spirit in which Stephen shared the lesson learnt from other countries and the ways to protect children online. We would definitely recommend him as a keynote speaker to other organisations and Education Ministries and hope to work with him again in the future."
Rain LaaneCountry Manager, Microsoft, Estonia
We are pleased to say that Stephen Carrick-Davies has worked with Childline on a number of occasions, last in November 2009, when his Cyberbullying Workshop was hailed as one of the most outstanding externally-led Workshops at our Volunteer Training Fair:
'Inspiring speaker' 'Fascinating insight' 'Excellent presentation' Very relevant' 'Useful and thought-provoking' ' Need him to come back' were just some of the comments delegates included on their evaluation forms.
We have no hesitation in recording our professional relationship with him and will be using him again and again …"
Lindel SaluChildLine Supervisor
We had Stephen come and work in our school to work with all our 240 Year VII pupils and parents. These sessions went down extremely well and what we really appreciated about Stephen’s approach was that he really connected with the young people; validating their own experiences and asking them questions about how they used new social media before showing them how they could easily get into difficulties. This was education at its best – not scaring or lecturing - but empowering children to see for themselves. We’ve already booked Stephen to come for two days in September 09. Increasingly there is a key responsibility and a strategic opportunity for schools to support both pupils and parents in this area and I would strongly recommend that others use Stephen to help them."
Andrew Huthinson OBE Executive Principal, Parkside Federation, Cambridge
Working with Stephen was straightforward and a pleasure from the first e mail to saying goodbye at the end of an inspiring day working with children, staff and parents. His particular gift lies in transforming parents fears into knowledge and practical ideas for making the best use of this technological world we are raising our children in. Focusing on the parenting aspects of relationship building, trust and respect, rather than merely giving us all a lecture about what to do if you suspect your child is looking at dodgy websites was wonderfully empowering for the parents. I would recommend Stephen as a speaker and very much hope to work with him again."
Judy Reith Parent Coach, director of Parenting People
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