30 September 2020
Online Safety

Andrew Bridgen MP today joined Kegworth Primary, a local school in his  constituency, to learn about why it is so important for young people in the  area to stay safe and  positive online. The event was hosted by Google on YouTube live to highlight their ​Be Internet Legends​ programme.    Google research showed that 99 % of teachers say that online safety should be part of the school’s curriculum.​​ To help teachers and parents educate children about online safety during the pandemic, Google and Parent Zone are now virtually delivering their educational programme ​Be Internet Legends​ which empowers 7 to 11-year-olds to become safer, more confident explorers of the online world. Since May 2020, Google and Parent Zone have been delivering hundreds of interactive live assemblies for children at home and in school, as well as teacher training workshops, professional roundtables and sessions for parents. 

Be Internet Legends is in partnership with family internet safety experts ​Parent Zone​, and it is accredited by the PSHE Association. The programme has reached over a million children across the UK. It consists of five key pillars, which the children from Kegworth were taught today, to help them learn the essentials of how to stay safe online: 

1. Be “internet sharp” – think before you share 2. Be “internet alert” – check it’s for real 3. Be “internet secure” – protect your stuff 4. Be “internet kind” – respect each other 5. Be “internet brave” – when in doubt, discuss

Children from Kegworth Primary were also shown ​Interland​ – a free online adventure to make learning about online safety fun and informative. Children find out how to avoid hackers, phishers and bullies and practise the skills they’ve developed from the programme. You can visit Interland at ​g.co/interland​. 

“We are delighted to virtually visit Kegworth 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,”

​ said Rosie Luff, Public Policy Manager at Google UK.

“While being online can be a hugely positive experience for children, we have to be alive to the dangers. I believe it is vital that we do all we can to protect our children from the negative impacts the online world can have.

“I know the Government fully recognises the importance of tackling online harms, including harmful content to children on the Internet. That is why the Online Harms White Paper, jointly published by the Home Office and DCMS last year, sets out plans for world-leading legislation in this area. I understand that Ministers plan for legislation to be ready in this parliamentary session.”

said Andrew Bridgen MP

“Empowering children to be confident online explorers has never been more important. We are delighted to work with Google and schools around the UK, supporting communities with essential internet safety messages to help them make the most of the digital world, ”

​ said​ ​ Vicki Shotbolt, founder and CEO of Parent Zone.