Today, Teresa Pearce MP, joined forces with Google, Parent Zone and Belvedere Junior School, to learn how children can stay safe online, through the Be Internet Legends programme.
Be Internet Legends is an educational programme aimed at 7 – 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.
The Be Internet Legends programme has reached over a million children across the UK. It consists of five key pillars, which children at Belvedere Junior School were taught today, to help them 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
Children at Belvedere Junior School 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.
Teresa Pearce MP
“It was wonderful to join the students at Belvedere Junior School today as we all learned the various ways to keep safe online. In today’s ever evolving technological world, it is imperative that we arm young people with the tools they will need to navigate the online space safely. Teaching young people to be kind online, never share personal information, or simply to be cautious when they come across “fake news” we can ensure that they have a positive experience online. Today’s session was fun and informative, even I found out things I did not know before!”
Rosie Luff, Online Safety Public Policy Manager
“We are delighted to visit Belvedere Junior School 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
Vicki Shotbolt, Founder and CEO of Parent Zone
“It is essential that, from a young age, children learn to think carefully and critically about what they see and do online. Parent Zone has teamed with Google to teach children the tools they need to keep them safer, spot scams and unkind behaviour and to understand how their online actions can affect others. These are vital skills for being more confident in the digital age.”
To find out more about the Be Internet Legends programme please click here: https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk
To find out more about Parent Zone, please click here: https://parentzone.org.uk/about-us