Youngsters given education in web safety from police

Bournemouth Echo: LESSON: Safe Schools and Communications Officer Rachael Caples teaches pupils about internet safety LESSON: Safe Schools and Communications Officer Rachael Caples teaches pupils about internet safety

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Parkstone were taught about internet safety in a special workshop held on Thursday.

Buckholme Towers School at Commercial Road received a visit from the Safe Schools and Communities Team (SSCT) from Dorset Police, where children were taught about how to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Each workshop was tailored according to the pupils’ ages and abilities, ranging from four to 11, led by the SSCT, which is a partnership between the Youth Offending Services, the local authorities and the police.

Iain Robertson, headteacher, said: “We embrace technology and actively teach our students how to incorporate communication devices into their lifestyles. Pupils learn at an early age about the possible dangers and pitfalls associated with using the internet.

“We cannot give them 100 per cent protection, but we can equip them with the skills and understanding to deal with inappropriate material or behaviour.

“They are also taught how to set up a username and password on their school computer and why it is important to keep their personal details a secret.”

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