Hertsmere children participate in e-safety workshops

More schoolchildren across Hertsmere have participated in e-safety workshops to teach them about the dangers lurking online.

The Hertsmere Schools Partnership taught 180 children in years 5 and 6 at schools across the borough, which included 79 pupils at two schools in Potters Bar, 51 pupils at a Borehamwood school and 50 from a school in Bushey.

Overall feedback from children has been positive, with most learning the main points of the workshops: what is a digital footprint, cyberbullying, grooming, the internet and the law on sexting.

Changes that the pupils planned to make as a result of attending the workshops included respecting everyone and reporting bullies, checking what they say or text, not revealing as much online, using age appropriate apps, looking out for grooming and reporting anything suspicious.

Conservative 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.”