John joined in a visit to Badgemore Primary School in Henley to discuss online safety with the children. The event was hosted by Google to highlight their ‘Be Internet Legends’ programme.
John said “I was delighted to attend a ‘Be Internet Legends’ assembly to teach the children about the importance of online safety and kindness and to develop their own digital skills in these areas. It is so important that we teach young people to thrive in a digital age and I am pleased that Google and Parent Zone are leading the way on this important issue. The presentation was very professional and captured the children’s imagination whist passing on some important learning that is relevant to people of all ages.”
Google research showed that 96 % of teachers believe that children should learn about online safety at home and in school. To help teachers and parents educate young people about staying safe online Google launched their ‘Be Internet Legends’ educational programme. It is aimed at 7-11 year-olds to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online world. The programme includes an online platform, teaching resources, face-to-face workshops and assemblies, and free training resources to over 19,000 UK teachers.
Be Internet Legends is in partnership with family internet safety experts Parent Zone, and it is accredited by the PSHE Association. The programme has reached over a million children across the UK. It consists of five key pillars to help young people learn the essentials of how to stay safe online:
Be “internet sharp” – think before you share
Be “internet alert” – check it’s for real
Be “internet secure” – protect your stuff
Be “internet kind” – respect each other
Be “internet brave” – when in doubt, discuss
Rosie Luff, Public Policy Manager at Google UK said: “We were delighted to visit Badgemore Primary School 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.”
Vicki Shotbolt, founder and CEO of Parent Zone said “It is essential that children learn to think carefully and critically about what they do and see online. Parent Zone has teamed with Google to teach younger children the essential tools they need to become safe and confident online explorers, helping them be resilient, kind and positive in this digital age.”
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