Pupils use coursework to warn of dangers of social media


Pictured in a scene from Social Media … The Minefield are Molly Jones (14), Alex Thompson (15) and Emily Fitchett (14).

GCSE drama students at Sibford School combined coursework with community action when they devised an original play warning of the pitfalls young people face with social networking.

As part of their GCSE studies, the year 10 pupils used newspaper articles, photos, scripts and poems to decide on a topic relevant to today’s world.

Explained head of Drama Neil Madden: “The students selected social media as their stimulus and produced an excellent, if somewhat dark, script titled ‘Social Media … The Minefield’, in which a newcomer to a chat room ends being a victim of cyber bullying.

“They wanted to raise awareness within the school of the dangers that young people face on a daily basis when using social networks so, as well as performing the piece as part of their controlled assessment, they also staged a special performance for their fellow school friends who, having watched the play, were left with the clear message that, when using social media, you have to be very careful where you tread.”

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