The Grand's Primary Forum's main aim and objective is to be a voice for the young people in the Ribble Valley. It meets regularly to discuss issues and problems facing primary school children.
At each meeting various topics are discussed and, amongst others, staying safe on the internet was the children's topic of choice. This explored how to use the internet safely, including the dangers and rules for navigating their way through a maze of opportunities. The aim was to change perceptions of young people and how they use or depend on the internet.
A range of workshops and activities were designed to:
- Increase internet safety awareness
- Raise confidence and self-esteem
- Understand the rules of social networks
The activities were also designed to:
- Encourage working as part of a team
- Project management
The internet safety project highlighted that 91% of young people use the internet unsupervised, and that many parents did not know or understand how to keep their children safe online. At the end of the project all of the participants had worked towards creating a training DVD to take back into their schools and for use in the wider area. Their peers had a greater understanding of how to safeguard themselves when surfing the web.
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