Pupils turn into Facebook and Twitter teachers

Tenant Doreen Birleson, seated, with Hermitage student Owen Pendlington and Gail Pattison, support services manager at Cestria Community Housing.
Tenant Doreen Birleson, seated, with Hermitage student Owen Pendlington and Gail Pattison, support services manager at Cestria Community Housing.
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SOCIAL media-savvy pupils turned teachers for the day to help residents use the internet.

The session was part of Getting Online Week, which looks to help people improve their use of the web and become better connected.

Tweeting her comments about the afternoon, student Charlotte Guest said: “Had a great time today thank you for the opportunity to teach something new to someone.”

Amelia Hindmarsh said: “Thank you for the opportunity to help people get online, I’m sure we’ve all learnt something new today.”

Posting her comments on Facebook, tenant Eveline Cooper, said: “I have learnt a good bit about using Facebook and Twitter they have all been very helpful and I hope it will not be the last.”

Doreen Birleson said: “I have had a great time and learned a lot about Twitter and Facebook.”

Felicity Smith, assistant vice-principal at the school, praised the students’ efforts.

She added: “We always encourage our students to support the community and this presented a great opportunity to do this.

“Our Year 9 students have spent time during guidance lessons looking at social media and have learnt specifically about acceptable use of these websites and have been able to use this to support tenants.”

Gail Pattison is the housing organisation’s support services manager.

She said feedback from the tenants and pupils has been so positive the sessions would be held again.

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