On January 30th 2020, a group of children from Years 3, 4, 5 took part in a Cyber Ambassador’s training course led by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.
The Police and Crime Commissioner delivered this message to the children before the course started.
’With children and young people now accessing technology at a much younger age it is important to ensure that we are doing all we can to help raise awareness of the risks and provide guidance on how to keep younger people safer online in a way that lands with them’.
’The specially developed Cyber Ambassador scheme, which was created by the PCC’s Youth Commission, was written by young people for young people, and this peer-to peer initiative promotes good digital citizenship in young people across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in an engaging and interactive way’.
The training is tailored to raise cyber safety awareness and make basic smart choices. It was taught through specially created cyber sea monsters who teach the benefits of safer searching beware of strangers online, be ‘share aware’ of the information that could be spread within 12 seconds of posting and promoting a good balance of screen time.
Along with the trainer, we also had two local Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) attend to work alongside the children for the day. The children had an enjoyable experience and learned a lot about digital citizenship through games and activities as well as some theory.
Here is a link to find out more about Cyber Ambassadors.