People ask us "Is social media appropriate for schools?"
The answer is unequivocally yes!
Unsupervised and unsupported addiction to social media is damaging
the relationships and connections we have to people — and the world
around us. It is fundamental that children are deliberately educated in
this medium from the moment they get a mobile device, if not before.
We must adopt education practices that teach the benefit and value of
online communication and warn people of the addiction and dangers,
particularly to self-worth and sleep deprivation! I believe it is our duty
as citizens who understand these dangers, to pioneer this change.
- Jonny Driscoll, CEO
Loopd for Schools
Loopd is the next generation of learning environment and places a stronger emphasis on collaboration and communication while training in parallel, responsible and effective behaviour on social media. This engages pupils in a safe online community that is relevant to their learning objectives.
What does Loopd do?
We help schools to deliver learning outcomes in a fun and engaging way so that kids and teenagers learn to use social media for positive collaboration. This casual environment also raises attainment by reinforcing academic experiences outside of the classroom.
How does Loopd do this?
Loopd brings together learning outcomes with casual conversation and is most applicable before and after school. It helps stimulate discussion and shared social-accountability in structured homework or extracurricular activities. Tasks can be scheduled on a 1-2-1 or 1-2-many basis and stimulate group interaction and inclusion.
Why is Loopd important?
Social-media is not inherently bad, however, ultimately any unsupported addiction damages the relationship we have to ourself and others. Loopd is therefore a ‘safe social media training ground’ to learn skills that help pupils to get the most value from using their mobile phone through adopting safe and responsible online behaviours. 55% of parents with children under 12 say that their child is on Facebook despite that Facebook’s minimum age is 13. (NSPCC)
In 2011 38% of Facebook users were under 13 years old (that’s 8 million children)
In 2011 25% of Facebook users were under 10 years old (that’s 5.5 million children)
In 2011 55% of parents said that their underage child was on Facebook, yet only 10% of them had conversations about the dangers.
Half of sex crimes against minors were initiated on social networking sites.
39% of teenagers think that their online activity is private
55% of teenagers have given out personal information to someone they don’t know, including photos and physical descriptions.
One quarter of the adult population on Facebook have had private information made public without our permission.
These statistics below were collected from various resources including: Social Media and Young Adults, Global Insights Into Family Life Online, Cable in the Classroom 2011 and National Cyber Security Alliance.