Arval, the leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company, is sponsoring a Child Internet Safety programme in six schools local to its Swindon and Birmingham offices.
This sponsorship means that 60 pupils aged 9 to 10 years old in each school will receive child Internet safety training from September. It covers the materials required by teachers to inform children about the many dangers of the Internet – issues like online bullying and child grooming.
Organised by the Police Community Clubs, the initiative is directed specifically at children prior to them making the transition from junior school to secondary school where research shows that they are more likely to have access to the Internet and be influenced by older children. It uses cartoon characters called Barney & Echo to get the message across.
Arval is supporting the following schools through this initiative:
Swindon: Toothill Primary School, Oliver Tomkins Junior School, Lainesmead Primary School
Birmingham: Elms Farm Primary School, Heathlands Junior School, Stanville Primary School
The materials included in the initiative are Ofsted-approved, teacher-friendly lesson plans and teacher guides, as well as a selection of large posters for the classroom which highlight key messages from the programme.
Children will be able to practice the safety skills that they learn from the programme in drama activities within the safe environment of a classroom under the guidance of teachers.
They will also receive access to a new mobile telephone application called ‘Dizzy Heights’ – a fun interactive game where children answer questions relating to Internet safety in order to progress through the game.
Tracey Fuller, CSR Manager at Arval comments: “Technology clearly now plays an important role in children’s lives and the Internet is a fantastic learning and entertainment tool. However, it comes with a range of risks and we hope to help local school pupils stay safe online through the sponsorship of this programme.”
More details are available on the website – http://www.barneyecho.co.uk/