Chichester’s MP visited a school last Friday to discuss online safety.
Mrs Gillian Keegan visited the Central CE Academy, and discussed online safety with young people in the area. The event was hosted by Google to highlight their Be Internet Legends programme.
Google research showed that 96 per cent of teachers believed that children should learn about online safety at home and in school. To help teachers and parents educate their pupils about staying safe online, they launched Be Internet Legends, an educational programme aimed at seven to 11-year-olds to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online world – through online platforms, teaching resources, face-to-face workshops and assemblies, and free training resources to over 19,000 UK teachers.
Children at Central CE Academy were also shown Interland – a fun-filled adventure game to make learning about online safety fun and informative. Children learn about avoiding hackers, phishers and bullies practising the skills learnt with the programme.
“We are delighted to visit Central CE Academy today to help teach children about how to Be Internet Legends. By getting acquainted with what we believe are the five core areas of online safety, we want to prepare children to have a safe and positive experience online,” said Rosie Luff, public policy manager at Google UK.
Mrs Keegan added: “The internet is now a key part of all our daily lives and the younger generation are growing up in a digital world.
“This is positive in many ways, with children gaining skills they’ll need for their future careers without even realising it. However, there are considerable risks online, with anonymous bullying, access to inappropriate websites and ensuring children develop an understanding that what they post now, thinking it’s cool, may be embarrassing in a few years’ time. This programme is so important to protect children and it is brilliant that Central CE Primary have held this interactive assembly run by Google.”