Google joins Tracy Brabin MP at local primary school to talk internet safety

Internet giant Google joined local MP Tracy Brabin at Carlinghow Princess Royal Primary to deliver a free educational programme designed to equip children to explore the internet safely.

The Be Internet Legends programme, run in partnership with Google and Parent Zone, is aimed at 7-11-year-olds to help them be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

It is delivered through online platforms, teaching resources, face-to-face workshops, assemblies and free training resources to over 19,000 UK teachers.

The programme was brought to Ms Brabin’s attention through an event in Parliament where she invited them to visit schools in Batley and Spen.

Along with Carlinghow, Gomersal St Mary’s Primary School have also taken part locally and Ms Brabin hopes more will follow suit.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “Our children have access to the internet from a very young age so it’s absolutely vital they are properly equipped for the challenges and opportunities this can bring.

“The educational programme was fascinating, fun and informative and I have to admit that I learned a thing or two myself! I’d encourage all local primary schools to take part and I’ll be happy to facilitate this for all who are interested.”

Alex Wilcock, headteacher at Carlinghow Primary, said: “

Rosie Luff, online safety public policy manager at Google, said: “We were delighted to visit Carlinghow Princess Royal School to help teach children about how to Be Internet Legends.

“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.”

As part of the programme, which has reached over a million children in the UK, the pupils at Carlinghow learnt about avoiding hackers, phishers and bullies using the skills gained through the course.

Any local schools who are interested can contact Ms Brabin by emailing tracy.brabin.mp@parliament.uk or by calling 01927 900036. Free educational resources linked to the course can also be found at beinternetawesome.

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