Local MP Amber Rudd has visited Christ Church Primary School to attend a special assembly on internet safety.
The Internet Legends tour, delivered by Google and Parent Zone, is an online safety initiative that aims to teach primary school children practical tips for staying safe online in an interactive, fun and memorable way. Children are taught four key points, dubbed the Legends Code, in order to make their online lives safe as well as enjoyable.
The Four Pillars of the Legends Code are:
- Think Before You Share.
- Protect Your Stuff.
- Check It’s For Real.
- Respect Each Other.
The assembly is designed to engage children as much as possible by using colourful lighting, sound and visuals. Children are also given foam fingers which they use throughout the assembly to further engage in the messages the presentation promotes. After learning the code, the children become ‘Internet Legends’ and are encouraged to spread the Legends Code to their family and friends.
Vicki Shotbolt, Parent Zone's CEO, said: ‘Working with Google on this project has enabled us to support many more primary schools with messages that are vital for children of this age. We know from our work with schools and with parents that helping children to become confident and safe online is an essential life skill and it is important to prepare them for a time when they will be independently exploring online.’
Speaking about the event at Christ Church, Amber said: “The internet offers fantastic opportunities for children. However, it can also bring risks. It is absolutely right that we should do everything we can to help children stay safe online - both at school and at home.”
“Ensuring young people know how to use the internet responsibly is of the utmost importance. The Internet Legends tour is a great initiative, and I am pleased it has visited Christ Church to help teach children about this issue in a fun and engaging way.”
The Internet Legends tour is now in its second year and has visited over 50 schools across the UK since its inception in February 2016. Every assembly invites the school’s local MP to participate in the messages the initiative teaches as well as providing them with an opportunity to engage with their local community.
Photo: Amber is pictured with presenters and students who attended the assembly
About Parent Zone
Parent Zone is the leading organisation supporting parents in the digital age. Our founder and CEO Vicki Shotbolt is the official parents’ representative on the government body the UK Council For Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). Parent Zone works with parents, schools and companies to make the internet work for families by offering expert advice and content. Our work includes Digital Parenting magazine and the Google Internet Legends assemblies, which visit primary schools around the country teaching online safety to pupils.