Maria Caulfield MP has virtually joined Polegate Primary School children in their #BeInternetLegends Assembly, part of Google and Parent Zone Online Safety’s programme to teach children how to use the internet safely.
Aimed at Key Stage 2 children, Be Internet Legends consists of a free PSHE Association accredited curriculum pack, a new teaching module on Digital Wellbeing, nationwide teacher training workshops, local professional roundtables, engaging family activities specifically aimed at parents and a fun interactive assembly for primary schools.
The programme teaches children five key pillars to remember whilst being online; to be sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave. The feedback from schools and pupils has been encouraging – 83% of primary school children said they would behave differently online as a result of Be Internet Legends, with over 60% of schools engaging with the programme since March 2018.
With many primary schools shut, vulnerable children at home and parents feeling overwhelmed, Be Internet Legends has been adapted to full digital delivery to enable the continued support of positive experiences online during the uncertainties of Covid-19.
Maria Caulfield MP said “The internet is a fantastic resource for children of all ages to interactive with each other and learn almost anything within a few clicks. However there is a much darker side to the internet that can see bullying and harassment from other children as well as adults. Having been the target of online bullying myself I can still only imagine how this must feel for a child.”
“These Be Internet Legends sessions are brilliant and clearly has a positive impact on children, which I hope will make the internet a safer place for them and in turn other children. Well done to everyone at Polegate Primary School for working to put this together, I would encourage other schools to also take part.”