Colchester Academy was gripped by X Factor magic recently as they invited singer / song writer Sam Callahan into school. Sam performed four songs to the entire school but was also there to deliver an important message about staying safe online. Despite the enthusiastic response from students as Sam performed some covers and his own material, they fell silent as they listened to his experience of online abuse. Sam shared the story of a fan who had experienced extreme and sustained abuse through social media and how she had made contact with him for support. The girls listened intently as he gave tips about protecting themselves online and using social media responsibly.