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Bersted students learn the importance of cyber safety

By Lotte Pegler
lotte.pegler@sussexpost.co.uk

 

Pupils in Bersted had a surprise visit to help them learn about cyber safety.

 

Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb looked in on South Bersted Primary School last week.

 

The school was also joined by representatives from Google who were there to run the educational assembly on how to be safe online.

 

“I have actually seen it once before and it is a very high standard and it is engaging,” Mr Gibb said.

 

“It covers lessons for all of us on how to understand the damages of the media.

 

“Social media and this technology is new to all of us and it is constantly evolving, but it is also fraught with dangers. It is hugely important that people are made aware of this but not in a way that is alarming and that is what they have done today.”

 

The ​Be Internet Legends programme is run in partnership with family internet safety experts Parent Zone, and it is accredited by the PSHE Association.

 

The programme has reached over one million children across the UK.

 

It consists of five key pillars, which children in Bognor Regis were taught on February 7, to help them learn the essentials of how to stay safe online.

 

“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”, said Vicki Shotbolt, founder and CEO of Parent Zone.

 

Children at South Bersted CofE Primary School were also shown Interland – a fun-filled adventure game to make learning about online safety fun and informative.

 

They learned about avoiding hackers, phishers and bullies practising the skills learnt with the programme.

 

Rosie Luff, public policy manager at Google UK said: “We are delighted to visit South Bersted CofE Primary 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.”

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