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Children mark Safer Awareness Day to help them stay safe online

Pupils at Brockhurst Infant School in Gosport have been taking part in Safer Internet Day to learn about staying safe online.

From Left to right: Luke Ashwood, seven, and Danni Barrett, six.

Pupils at Brockhurst Infant School in Gosport have been taking part in Safer Internet Day to learn about staying safe online. From Left to right: Luke Ashwood, seven, and Danni Barrett, six.

CHILDREN have been learning about how to stay safe online as part of Safer Internet Day.

Across the country, people have been learning about the dangers of the internet, and children at Brockhurst Infant School in Gosport were no different.

Staff held a coffee and information morning for parents to give advice to them about how to keep their children safe online.

The school then held an assembly showing a short internet safety film by The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) before each class was given activities linked to the film to raise awareness on internet safety.

Linda Gibson is the ICT technician at the school.

She said: ‘Everything is electronic now. Young children go on the internet and they need to know about it.

‘Nearly all of them do access the internet and they need to keep safe.

‘Every child was engaged in the assembly.

‘As it was a cartoon, they can relate to it a bit more.’

The cartoon used characters to represent the types of different problems that children might encounter online.

Danni Barrett, six, is in Year 2. She said: ‘It’s about keeping safe online. We have been told not to talk to people who are nasty.’

Luke Ashwood, seven, also in Year 2, added: ‘We have been told not to talk to strangers and we have to keep our information private.

‘If something isn’t right we have to tell our mum or dad or our teacher.’

Ms Gibson added: ‘It starts very low-key which is why it’s a cartoon they follow with top tips which we have in every classroom to remind children to stay safe online and to tell an adult if they’re worried.

‘The internet is available in most lessons and an adult is always present when they use the internet at school.

‘We are trying to teach them to also use these rules at home and make parents aware.’

 

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