30 OCT 2017

Simon Hart MP welcomes Internet Legends assembly to help kids stay safe online

Google and Parent Zone, the UK's leading family internet safety organisation, brought their latest Internet Legends assembly to Tavernspite School in Carmarthen West on Friday 20th October. Created by Google, Internet Legends runs exciting, interactive school assemblies to teach 8-11 year olds how to stay safe and act responsibly online.

Simon Hart MP was on hand to watch the assembly and said: "Huge thanks to Google and Parent Zone for bringing such an educational and exciting presentation to our part of the world, they got across an important message in a fun way."

During the assemblies children are taught the memorable Internet Legends code: 'Think Before You Share', 'Protect Your Stuff', 'Check It's For Real', and 'Respect Each Other'. Participants learn to think before they post content online, protect themselves using effective passwords and strong privacy settings, question anything that sounds too good to be true, and report anything inappropriate they see to the site in question and to a trusted adult.

Google and Parent Zone are working alongside parents, teachers, and pupils to spread the message about how to make the most of the Internet in a fun and positive way. Through this program they aim to help children to get the most out of what the internet can offer while empowering them with the skills to stay safe and act responsibly online.

Between the ages of 8-11 children begin to develop the notion of "digital resilience," and are beginning to explore the internet on their own. The program helps children develop strong skills and encourages positive behaviour from the very beginning, alongside using the tools and settings built in to many online platforms to ensure a safer experience.

More than 70 Internet Legends assemblies have been held already and the programme has reached 20,000 children so far. Free online lesson plans, teacher resources and communications materials for parents are also available.

Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parent Zone, 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.'

Katie O'Donovan, Public Policy Manager at Google UK, said: "Google believes deeply in technology's ability to unlock creativity and education. But we also understand the duty we have to ensure our platforms are used responsibly, and that both children and parents have the tools and knowledge they need to make responsible choices online."

"This is just one part of Google's commitment to a better web. Alongside this, we are exploring more ways to use technology and partner with experts to help children stay safe online."

To access Google and Parentzone's Internet Legends online resources, please visit https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/safetycenter/families/legends/downloads-resources/

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