More schoolchildren across Hertsmere have participated in e-safety workshops to teach them about the dangers lurking online.
The Hertsmere Schools Partnership taught 180 children in years 5 and 6 at schools across the borough, which included 79 pupils at two schools in Potters Bar, 51 pupils at a Borehamwood school and 50 from a school in Bushey.
The overall feedback from the children was very positive, with most learning the main points of the workshops: what is a digital footprint, cyberbullying, grooming, the internet and the law on sexting.
Changes that the pupils planned to make as a result of attending the workshops included respecting everyone and reporting bullies, checking what they say or text, not revealing as much online, using age appropriate apps, looking out for grooming and reporting anything suspicious.
Councillor Pervez Choudhury, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Performance, said: “We are very pleased with the progress being made by the Hertsmere Schools Partnership in teaching children about the dangers lurking online.
“Used properly, the internet can have a positive impact on the lives of young people, but it is important that children learn about the downsides of the online world so they can make the right decisions.
“It is great that the feedback from the workshops has been so good and shows that the Partnership is making a difference to young people’s lives.”
The Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner have provided funding for the sessions, which aim to empower students to prevent them engaging in risky behaviour on social media and to learn about the consequences of posting online.
The workshops also aimed to encourage them to be discriminating and resilient online, to know the law and to know how to report incidents.
For more information about the workshops, please see this video.
Sessions are also available for parents. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Wednesday 19th September 2018