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Children at New Milton Junior School now have a constant reminder to stay safe whilst online.
Every PC in the school has a mousematt with a safety awareness message on it, designed by 9 year old Molly Ford-Robinson.
Her picture was chosen over 50 others as part of a competition run by Hampshire Police.
The judges said that Molly’s poster was carefully designed and got the message across about internet safety in a clear and colourful way.
PC Karen Kingsnorth, who launched the competition and works closely with a number of schools around the Forest, said:
“If used properly the internet can open up a range of educational and social opportunities and is a fantastic resource for children of all ages. However, we want to make sure that youngsters are aware of any risks involved so that they will go on to make sensible and informed choices about what they do, who they talk to and what they post on the internet. I would like to say well done to all the children who took part in the competition.”
John Crisp, head teacher at New Milton Juniors School, said:
“Teaching our children about internet safety is something we take very seriously as it is a growing problem. We are grateful to PC Karen Kingsnorth for this creative way of driving the message home and to Cllr Goff Beck for sponsoring the competition. The attractive, winning mouse-mat will serve as a constant reminder to our pupils to adopt safe practises when using the internet at home and at school.”
Funding for the initiative was supplied by the New Forest District Council’s Joint Action Group.