Feedback from Swansea Youth Service after day 1 of the 3 day immersive
training in March 2009
The session was very well prepared and
informative. It rightly emphasised the Internet as full of
opportunities rather than threats but young people need to be
educated to use it responsibly.
Graham Maslen, Head teacher, North Halifax Grammar School.
WISE KIDS training has enabled the staff and
young people to access the Internet with confidence, knowing the
necessary safeguards needed to protect them. We are thoroughly
thankful to Sangeet for the wealth of information she has given
us as well as the tools to access information for ourselves.
Averill Rees, Manager, Llanelli Centre Project.
I have hardly used any modern technology in my teaching up to
now, but this session has really made me realise what immense potential
there is out there. A truly motivating and inspirational session!
Welsh Language Tutor, on Using New Technology in the Classroom
Provides an excellent insight into a whole new
world of technology that I need to be able to understand if I
want to keep children and young people safer on line
Jan Bruton, Torfaen Council Children's Services
The training is relevant, if you're Bill
Gates, or an end user. It related the positive uses and
possibilities of the Internet as a social tool, learning and
artistic gateway. There is a lot of information to pass onto
others. Information that will improve, expand and bring people
Dean Clement, Development Worker, Neath East Communities
Best training course ever attended in 25 years.
Andrew Vollans, Cultural Fusion Wales.
The training was thought provoking. It offered us an invitation to
consider our own and our clients digital lives. How do we understand
ourselves in relation to others in this context? How do we create value for
ourselves and others using these incredible technologies? What are the
challenges and the opportunities? These are some of the questions I found
myself asking. Maybe the hallmark of all good training is you come away
slightly changed and with the "buzz" to find out more. This training
definitely did that and more.
Elissa Lewis, Family Therapist, Riverside Adolescent Unit
Very informative and accessible presentation.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the style of the presentation,
just right for the audience. Very useful and would recommend to
other teachers and adults working with children
Attendee at an E-Safety and Cyberbullying Session, POWYS LSCB
Courses such as this are of great benefit to volunteers like
myself who are out of touch with the new technologies. There are
very few opportunities to learn these skills unless you're
employed or work for organisations who educate their staff.
The ability to blog will be of great use to my group. This will
enable us to converse with groups of similar interest. Various
site links will be of use to my group.
Trevor Williams, Capturing Pelenna Digital Project.
Anti-bullying coordinators in Wrexham
secondary schools highlighted technological bullying as one of
their greatest contemporary challenges and requested further
training on this issue. Wise kids provided a thorough update on
the technology used currently by young people with plenty of
information on how to support young people with using the
internet safely. A brilliant training session which was
informative and interactive. It also gave us ideas on how we
could effectively use technology to support our anti-bullying
campaign in Wrexham.
Joy Mitchell, Anti-bullying Coordinator Wrexham, Children
and Young People's Service, Wrexham
A positive learning experience, helping me
stay up to date and in touch with the young people that I work
St Cadoc's Hospital Young People's Unit
It was simply outstanding. It was very clear and no
jargon and if there was, it was explained very clearly. It is
very hands on and is engaging, which I feel is so much better as
I am a learner at computers.
Carl Joseph, People First, Neath Port Talbot.
The workshop was excellent - delivered in simple language that
the users can understand. I left this days workshop empowered
Owen Thomas, Cultural Fusion Wales.
A very well presented course in easy to understand language. A
lot of pertinent and useful information.
Mike Haigh - Volunteer, Age Concern.
broadened my out look of the Internet and its resources.
Jon Newman, Volunteer, Age Concern.
The training session was relevant
and to the point. I take away positive, practical hands-on ideas
to use in my workplace and at home. Explanations were easy to
understand and all jargon explained as many of the people in my
group were not specialists (this is not always the case with
technology). A really useful and enjoyable course!
Amazing to be able to make my own
blog. Eye-opening as to what we are able to do on the Internet
today. Sangeet was fascinating to listen to.
Very helpful and a pleasure to
have come to.
Sangeet was fantastic. I would love to have a follow on day.
Teachers attending training
organised by Britton Ferry Project.
The training concentrated on the positive use
of the internet and how important it is for the family to be
open with its use, rather than seeing it as a vice that we must
steer our children away from wherever possible.
Lorna Frost, Parent, North Halifax Grammar School.
The training session was informative and
really well delivered. Everything covered in the session was
relevant - I will use all the ideas in my work. Before the
session I'd been a bit worried that the level would be too
technical or advanced for me, but it wasn't at all. Everything
was simple, and this has given me the confidence to explore and
use new technologies on my own.
Hayley Griffiths, Llanelli Centre Project.
The course on Internet Safety for Children was one of the most
informative I've attended. The trainer's knowledge of the field
is impressive and her relaxed and experienced training style is
very effective. We fully intend to work with WISE KIDS again in
the future and would recommend their training to colleagues in
libraries and schools.
Bethan M. Hughes, Children's Library Adviser, Denbighshire
Library & Information Service
Having recently attended a Internet WISE training day led by
Sangeet Bhullar, I am able to say it has helped me greatly.
Previously I have used the Internet solely for communication,
shopping and entertainment and had given little regard to the
dangers of the internet. In just over six hours Sangeet, through
the use of some excellent online resources, was able to
highlight the potential hazards of the Internet and also ways to
minimise risks for myself and also the young people I work with.
I was presented with literature which contains a wealth of
information and many useful website addresses which I will
definitely be referring to in the near future.
Amy Genders, Youth Inclusion Programme Activities
Co-ordinator, Port Talbot
WISE KIDS has provided us with an excellent
insight into what provisions can be put in place to promote safe
internet use. The knowledge gained on the WISE KIDS awareness
day is something that all parents and IT providers should be
Darrell Cox, ICT Officer, Newport Library & Information
The Internet WISE Training Day was very
beneficial to the Carmarthenshire Libraries. Due to receiving a
funding of £750,000 from the Government, New Opportunities
Funding, The People's Network for allocation of computing
equipment, we have a vast need of any computing knowledge that
is available. The Internet WISE Training Day covered aspects
which will be used at the Libraries. The Acceptable Use Policy
was very interesting, we have a policy for adults but did not
accommodate for children's needs. Our Policy included a parent's
signature which adhered the child to our policies and
conditions. Also the search engines available from the course
are now being used within our libraries. Our school's librarian
has found that Yahooligans is very apt for schoolchildren. Also
we are now more concerned in respect of chat rooms, etc, which
children very quickly learn to use (without prior knowledge of
what could happen). I have also included a lot of information
which I learnt on the WISE Training Day in my final year of B.Sc
Business Information Technology dissertation.
Mrs Lilwen E Jones, IT support Manager, Carmarthen Library
At Dove Workshop we are working with a wide range of
people many of whom will have an interest in computing and the
Internet. The knowledge I gained during the training is a really
useful addition to the general knowledge at the centre. It will
benefit the users to have more awareness of what's on offer on
the Internet and also to be much more aware of the associated
Kate Faulkner - Dove Workshop