"Our Nation's children must be safe online" Says Amber Rudd MP

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Hastings and Rye will receive a crash course from Google on how to stay safe online and avoid internet trolls.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd hosted Google to educate 7-11 year olds on both the opportunities and dangers of the internet.

Amber will join Google at Sandown Primary School in Hastings to help run a programme of educational events for local schoolchildren.

Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd said:

“Internet safety is vital to the wellbeing of young children and as Home Secretary I travelled to Silicon Valley to explain to Google and others why it is essential that children are given a proper internet education.

“The internet offers so much but can also do tremendous damage to young children if they are the victim of anonymous online abuse.

“I am pleased to be able to help bring this programme to Hastings because children must always be safe online.”

“The Google Be Internet Legends scheme is part of a wider drive to make the internet safer which includes events for older children such as the Be Internet Citizens programme which I hosted at the start of this year. It is good to see large companies like Google taking their responsibilities seriously by ensuring those who use their services are educated and safe online.”

Rosie Luff, online safety public policy manager at Google said:

“We are delighted to visit Sandown Primary today to help teach children about how to Be Internet Legends. By getting acquainted with what we believe are the five core areas of online safety, we want to prepare children to have a safe and positive experience online.”

Vicki Shotbolt, founder and CEO of Parent Zone said:

“It is essential that, from a young age, children learn to think carefully and critically about what they see and do online. Parent Zone has teamed with Google to teach children the tools they need to keep them safer, spot scams and unkind behaviour and to understand how their online actions can affect others. These are vital skills for being more confident in the digital age.”

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Notes to the editor:

  • Amber is pictured with schoolchildren from Sandown Primary