STAYING focused on safety was the message of a workshop for Felpham Community College students.
The session for Year 7 pupils by Streetwise Theatre Company highlighted the importance of switching off mobile phones and headphones while they walk and cycle to and from lessons.
Emily Ingram, one of the students who attended the workshop, said: “The statistics on how many kids are in accidents at school travelling times are really scary. So, this reminded us of the importance of paying attention.
“As we aren’t allowed our phones in school, it is tempting to turn it on as soon as we leave. But this reminded us that it is safer to wait until we get home – and when I listen to music not to have it on too loud or just use one headphone so I can still hear what is going on around me.”
The Streetwise actors remained in character after the production to re-inforce the message technology should not be used on the move to enable people to concentrate on staying safe.
College curriculum leader for drama Nicola Coney said: “We have just started our third year of mobile phones and music devices being banned on the school site within the school day.
“The ban has been very successful, However, it is clear students are quite dependent on technology at other times.”