On 12 October 2016, Singtel held a media launch of their customised programme for special needs students at APSN Chaoyang School.
Mr Andrew Buay, Singtel Vice President of Group Corporate Social Responsibility was there to give a welcoming speech at the media launch. The media and APSN reps were also there to understand more on the cyber wellness toolkit. Currently there is no official curriculum for cyber wellness in SPED schools. Having worked with SPED schools through the Singtel Touching Lives Fund over the last 15 years, Singtel worked collectively with SPED Principals and teachers to come up with lessons plans that are suitable for special needs students. “As an integrated school for the special needs from primary to vocational senior school, APSN leverages technologies to overcome learning disability through mobile learning, gamification, robotics and augmented reality. This new opportunity however presented new risks to unwary students who are vulnerable to the ungoverned side of cyberworld. It is a timely move to launch the Singtel cyber wellness toolkit,” said Dr Victor Tay, APSN President.
Translation of the Lianhe Wanbao coverage
Being Digitally Savvy
12 October 2016
To prevent young people from being susceptible to undesirable behaviours online, Touch Cyber Wellness and Singtel partnered to launch a Cyber Wellness Toolkit.The launch happened this morning at 9.15am, with an actual cyber wellness lesson conducted at a special needs school to teach students of online dangers.APSN Tanglin’s President, Mr Victor Tay, welcomed the toolkit. He said that students use technology in their learning, but this came with risks to students who were vulnerable to the cyber world.Singtel’s VP for CSR, Mr Andrew Buay, said that while technology helped to connect people, it also exposed them to online risks. This risk is greater for special needs students, which is why Singtel wanted to raise their awareness in this area.The toolkit comprises a thumbdrive and three workbooks for students aged between 7 to 18 years. It covers four themes: cyber relationships, online information, online harassment and bullying, and time management online.
Lianhe Wanbao article: http://www.wanbao.com.sg/local/story20161012-92468#local