One-line safety at Harlow primary schools

Education: Primary / Fri 21st Jul 2017 at 08:51am

RECENTLY, Abbotsweld, Longwood and Latton Green Primary Academies hosted The 2 Johns. They are well known throughout Essex for delivering bespoke training sessions within schools and other organisations that cover all areas of internet safety and online gaming.

The 2 Johns are very proud that following a recent inspection of Thurrock LSCB by OFSTED they singled out their Walk Online Roadshow as an example of outstanding practice their positive words have given them even further motivation to take the Roadshow out to a wider audience.

The day consisted of relevant workshops for the children from Years 1-6 which included information on the latest apps and how to stay safe in the online gaming world. These workshops gave a valuable insight to teachers on how the young people in their care use the internet.

Children said, “I really wanted to download an App but my mum kept saying no. I now realise there are some dangers with this app and I don’t want it anymore”

“I have learnt about CEOP and how to report things on the internet I am not happy with.”

Following this all staff and parents were invited to join in a twilight session. This session proved even more valuable as parents were given a direct insight into how their children had responded to earlier questions about internet use. Parents agreed that they had learnt things they would not have otherwise known. Parents said:

“I thought I understood the games my children were playing, but now I realise there is a lot I don’t know.”

“It was interesting to find out about how much information a picture you post on the internet has, I had no idea the picture details include your location.”

“Being involved in this workshop has made me realise that things on the internet change so fast and I need to make sure I know all the changes.”

Two Johns

It quickly became apparent to all the need to be further educated on popular apps and games in order to ensure our children are safe. An important part of the training was ensuring that children feel able to communicate anything that they are not comfortable with online without fear.

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