Hertsmere Schoolchildren Learn About Dangers Online

20 September 2018, 10:24 | Updated: 20 September 2018, 10:26

The school pupils, some as young as 9, have been given lots of cyber-skills to avoid on-line grooming and cyber-bulling.

More children in the Hertsmere District have been learning about the dangers facing them by criminals, some of them paedophiles, online.
 
The Hertsmere Schools Partnership say 180 youngsters in years 5 and 6 have been taught about how to avoid cyberbullying and grooming.
 
The 9 and 10 year-olds have also learnt about the laws which apply to them about sexting.

Councillor Pervez Choudhury, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Performance, said: "We are very pleased with the progress being made by the Hertsmere Schools Partnership in teaching children about the dangers lurking online.

"Used properly, the internet can have a positive impact on the lives of young people, but it is important that children learn about the downsides of the online world so they can make the right decisions.

"It is great that the feedback from the workshops has been so good and shows that the Partnership is making a difference to young people's lives."

The Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner have provided funding for the sessions, which aim to empower students to prevent them engaging in risky behaviour on social media and to learn about the consequences of posting online.

The workshops also aimed to encourage them to be discriminating and resilient online, to know the law and to know how to report incidents.