MP Mims and Google visit Shamblehurst Primary

Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies and Google paid a visit to Shamblehurst Primary School to hlp youngsters about onlne safety as part of Google’s Be internet Legends programme.

Be Internet Legends is an educational programme aimed at 7 – 11-year-olds to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online world – through online platforms, teaching resources, face-to-face workshops and assemblies, and free training resources to over 19,000 UK teachers.

Google developed the interactive online course after it conducted research with more than 200 teachers to learn about their experience with online safety in the classroom. The search engine giant found that teachers believed that children should start learning about online safety as early as the age of seven and that 99% felt that this should be a part of the curriculum.

The Be Internet Legends programme has reached over a million children across the UK. It consists of five key pillars, 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 at Shamblehurst Primary School were also shown Interland – a fun-filled adventure game to make learning about online safety fun and informative. Children learn about avoiding hackers, phishers and bullies practising the skills learnt with the programme. This is free online at beinternetawesome.

“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.

Mims Davies said:

“At a time when children, including my own, are growing up in a digital world unlike any generation before them, there is no doubt that the vast majority are much ‘techier’ than their parents and guardians – and that includes me! Nevertheless, it is more important than ever before that our young people learn how to stay safe online. “That is why as a parent, as a local MP and as a Minister at DCMS I welcome the work that – through their support for schools like Shamblehurst – Google are doing to make sure that our young people have the skills they need to stay safe online.” 

“The Be Internet Programme is a fantastic way to make learning fun whilst sending a clear message to the children around how to protect and look after themselves, be respectful and speak to someone if unsure and I’m so pleased that Headteacher, Mrs Jones, has embraced the Be Internet Legends programme and invited me to take part in the Interland assembly.”