Primary pupils taught how to stay safe online

Year 5 pupils at Clavering Primary School taking part in activities during Safer Internet Day
Year 5 pupils at Clavering Primary School taking part in activities during Safer Internet Day
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PRIMARY school pupils explored the importance of staying safe online during a day of themed lessons and assemblies.

The staff at Clavering Primary School, in the town, organised the activities to mark Safer Internet Day, which was held earlier this month.

Children of all ages at the school learned what they should and shouldn’t do while surfing the net throughout the event with the theme of Let’s Create A Better Internet Together.

The school has recently launched an extended e-safety section on its website, and Year 5 teacher Nicola Leighton is planning to offer a series of after-school workshops to families emphasising the importance of children staying safe online.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher at the school in the town’s Clavering Road, said: “This year’s theme for the Safer Internet Day covers the responsibility that everyone has in making the internet a safer and better place.

“For our pupils, Safer Internet Day was a chance to celebrate being kind and creative online, while educators, parents and carers can help to empower young people to embrace the positives by equipping them with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world.”

All of the members of staff at Clavering are currently completing the NSPCC and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s (CEOP) Keeping Children Safe Online training course.

Mr McAvoy and Miss Leighton are also completing the CEOP’s ambassador training as the school aims to do all it can to educate pupils and staff on the issue.

Miss Leighton, who is e-safety leader at the school, said: “At Clavering, all staff share responsibility for e-safety.

“Recently, we have worked closely with families and pupils in order to develop a clear strategy for e-safety and, as a school community, we appreciate that this is an ongoing issue which will continue to change and develop with technological developments.”