Gillian joins Google at Central CE Academy to Discuss Online Safety with Young People

Gillian Keegan MP visited the Central CE Academy, a local school in her constituency to discuss online safety with young people in the area. The event was hosted by Google to highlight their Be Internet Legends programme.

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 their pupils about staying safe online, we launched Be Internet Legends, 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.

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, which children in Chichester were taught today, to help them learn the essentials of how to stay safe online:

1. Be “internet sharp” – think before you share

2. Be “internet alert” – check it’s for real

3. Be “internet secure” – protect your stuff

4. Be “internet kind” – respect each other

5. Be “internet brave” – when in doubt, discuss

Children at Central CE Academy 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. This is a free online visit beinternetawesome.

“We are delighted to visit Central CE Academy 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 Rosie Luff, Public Policy Manager at Google UK.

“The internet is now a key part of all our daily lives and the younger generation are growing up in a digital world. This is positive in many ways with children gaining skills they’ll need for their future careers without even realising it. However, there are considerable risks online, with anonymous bullying, access to inappropriate websites and ensuring children develop an understanding that what they post now, thinking it’s cool, may be embarrassing in a few years time. This programme is so important to protect children and it is brilliant that Central CE Primary have held this interactive assembly run by Google.” said Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester.

“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.