Pupils in Years 5 and 6 at Wellesley Park Primary School were given valuable and timely advice about internet safety this week by Avon and Somerset Police Community Support Officers, Steve Hill and Lou Fyne. Their visit followed specific concerns raised by a Wellesley Park parent following an incident on a new social media site ‘ooVoo’ which appears to be used by a number of pupils at the school.
Steve said, “We gave a general talk about internet safety and advised pupils about how they can keep themselves safe.”
The visit coincides with widespread advice being made available to children and young people through the national ‘Safer Internet Day 2016’ on Tuesday 9 February. Coordinated in the UK by the Safer Internet Centre, the event saw over a thousand organisations involved in promoting safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.
SID2016 social media campaign trended throughout the day and reached over 4 million in a mass tweet.
The day of positive action came as the UK Safer Internet Centre launched a new report, Creating a Better Internet for All, that highlights young people’s experiences of online empowerment and online hate.
Schools across the UK were issued with the UK Safer Internet Centre’s Education Packs and Safer Internet Day TV films to explore issues, many of them raised as a result of the recent screening of the BBC 1 documentary ‘Murder Games’ which addressed the problems of online grooming of young people through gaming.
To follow up the issues raised during SID2016 and by Steve Hill and Lou Fyne, Wellesley Park parents are invited to an Internet Safety meeting at the school on Tuesday 15 march at 3.30pm.