Digital Leaders in action

The Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) recently met for a training meeting in Manchester, UK. Such meetings aim to facilitate experience and good-practice sharing across the network on a range of topical online safety issues, while continuing to enhance the collaborative learning community that has developed within the network. A regular feature of training meetings is the opportunity to see good practice "in the field", often visiting a local school or similar to see online safety education and awareness raising in action.

As such, on Friday, 18 October 2018, representatives from the Insafe network visited St. John Bosco RC Primary School in Manchester to meet a group of students who are all digital leaders and taking part in the Childnet Digital Leaders scheme (Childnet is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC)).

The pupils were a credit to the school and the scheme, and talked enthusiastically about the work that they have been doing to raise awareness of online safety issues with the rest of the school and the wider community. They take their responsibility very seriously and provide the school management with a real insight into what children and young people are doing when they go online. They are aware of the challenges that technology can pose, but also clearly recognise the benefits.

Insafe network colleagues from Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Spain and the UK spent over an hour chatting with the digital leaders who were all in Year 6 (aged 10-11).

You can find out more information about the Digital Leaders Programme on Childnet's dedicated website on the scheme and more information about online safety at St. John Bosco RC Primary School on the school's website.

Additionally, learn more about the work of the UK Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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