An e-safety programme to teach children about the dangers lurking online has proved a success with more than 800 children participating in e-safety workshops.
The Hertsmere Schools Partnership organised presentations at primary schools across Bushey and Radlett, with 73 per cent of children rating the presentations at eight or more out of 10.
When asked what changes they would make as a result of attending the workshops, the pupils were able to provide examples of at least one subject they had learned about, including digital footprint, cyber bullying and grooming.
In addition, all participating schools added links on their websites to the programme’s site.
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.
Councillor Pervez Choudhury, portfolio holder for community safety and performance, said: “The workshops have been a big success and have taught pupils invaluable lessons about the dangers of posting online.
“While we don’t want to put children off using the internet, it is essential that they understand what they are doing so that they can make the right decisions.”
Other changes pupils wished to make as a result of the workshops included avoiding downloading unsafe websites, blocking anyone who makes nasty comments and to only play online games with real-life friends.