Virtual assembly held for pupils in Kenilworth and Southam to help boost online safety

The event was hosted by Google to highlight its 'Be Internet Legends' programme

Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:04 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:07 pm
Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam joined Southam Primary School, and St Lawrence C Of E Primary School, to learn about staying safe online. Photo supplied

A virtual assembly was held for pupils in Kenilworth and Southam to help boost online safety.

Today (April 30), Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam joined Southam Primary School, and St Lawrence C Of E Primary School, 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 to highlight its 'Be Internet Legends' programme.

According to Google research 99 percent 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', aimed at helping seven to 11-year-olds become safer, more confident online.

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.

Mr Wright said: “I was delighted to take part in the Be Internet Legends assembly for children in Kenilworth and Southam.

"It's so important that we teach children to thrive in a digital age and develop their digital skills, ones they need to explore the opportunities of the internet more safely.

"I'm pleased that Google and Parent Zone are leading the way on this important issue,” said Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam."

Rosie Luff, public policy manager at Google UK, said: "We are delighted to virtually visit Southam Primary School, and St Lawrence C Of E Primary School 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, added: “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."