Pupils at a Kendal primary school were given lessons on internet safety by internet giant Google this morning. Local MP Tim Farron attended the event, saying that he hopes it starts a "hugely important discussion about internet safety between pupils, parents and teachers".
Google addressed pupils aged between 7-11 at Heron Hill Primary School. The presentation covered four key aspects of internet awareness relevant to young people - considerations about sharing content online; the importance of passwords; the danger of phishing and online scams; and the importance of respecting others online. Tim also spoke to the students about the importance of online safety, and taking sensible steps to stay safe when using technology.
Tim said: "The internet has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, enabling us to stay in touch and access information at the click of a button. However, it's vitally important that our young people are aware of the potential dangers so that they can keep themselves safe online.
"My thanks go to Heron Hill Primary School for organising this event, and to Google for their advice to the pupils. With the average age of someone receiving their first mobile phone being 8 years, it is vital for young people to know about online safety. I would also like to echo Google's call for parents and young people to discuss the issues around online safety at home."
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