Web safety first for youngsters

A new internet safety programme has been introduced to Ashington Central Primary School.

Coram Life Education North East designed the exciting new programme to help pupils stay safe on the internet and whilst using all forms of social media.

The programme has been written and developed for children aged 8 to 11 by specialist educators. It includes a range of interactive activities, thought provoking games and drama scenarios, with films of young people discussing and dealing with cyber bullying.

The ‘bCyberwise’ scheme includes individual sessions for Years 4, 5 and 6, each of which is designed to enable pupils to learn valuable life skills using age-specific activities on topics such as positive interpersonal relationships, how to be safe and respectful online, self-esteem, assertiveness, anti-bullying techniques and positive friendships.

Jan Forshaw, head of education at Coram Life said: “With young people going online an average of 5.5 days a week, 75 per cent of young people aged 5 to 16 owning a computer, and 73 per cent of children with a mobile phone using it to access the internet, it is crucial that they are helped to use it safely and responsibly.

“Initial feedback from teachers who have trialled bCyberwise has been really positive and we really look forward to rolling it out.”