The St Edward’s Senior & Sixth Form Parents’ Association were delighted to host a Well-Being Event in the Performance Hall on Wednesday evening. The event aimed to provide answers to some of the questions parents have about the pressures faced by today’s teenagers and how they, as parents, can support their children to thrive.

At the event there was a presentation from our School Well-Being Nurse, Becca Forster, and Counsellor, Emma Brooks, who spoke about the importance of well-being in schools, and what can be done to provide students with extra support. The Well-Being professionals spoke candidly about some of their experiences from working in schools and provided information about the specific support on offer to students here at St Edward’s.

The second presentation of the night was from a group of Year 10 “Digital Doctors”. The Digital Doctors is a school initiative which has been set up to allow older pupils to teach their younger peers about the potential risks online and on social media. Year 10s Sophie, Pati, Sam and Maria spoke in depth about two of the most popular social media platforms, Instagram and Snapchat, outlining some of the potential dangers and giving a teenager’s perspective to how they use the apps.

The watching parents had many questions afterwards for our Digital Doctors, and it was lovely to see how the students were able to answer them confidently and knowledgeably. The opportunity for adults to ask children their opinions on social media and to find out information that perhaps their own child would not necessarily talk about was certainly something that those present found extremely beneficial.

The Parents’ Association looks forward to running more similar style events for the St Edward’s parent community in the future.