Our team of trainee Digital Leaders were joined on Tuesday by two of the existing team in providing a workshop for our Year 5 and 6 pupils.  The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day was ‘Free to be you’ and the team gave a great talk about the difference between our online and offline identities.  They were very nervous; presenting to your peers is difficult and due to the power cut on Monday they had missed out some preparation time!  Nevertheless they gave a good performance and it was a great rehearsal for something daunting in the afternoon.

The team went to Etchingham CE Primary School where they then gave the same presentation to Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils.  Over 60 children sat (beautifully) and listened to our team who spoke with great confidence and energy.  I was so proud of them; they really impressed the staff at Etchingham and kept the pupils engaged for 45 minutes.  A huge thank you to Etchingham CE Primary for hosting us, we really hope we can go back and work more with them.  Thank you, also, to Zeneptha De Cordova who accompanied us and will take the Digital Leaders through the rest of their training with Childnet.  Our children really are courageous and make me beam with pride.  I am now looking at sending them elsewhere next term and we should also present to our younger pupils who missed out due to the power cut.  Watch this space!

Safer Internet Day continued when a small group of parents came along to hear about Live Streaming and Gaming.  With information from the CEOP education programme, the National Crime Agency and the Internet Watch Foundation, I provided them with an overview of different popular apps and games and how to monitor them.  If you would like further information there are plenty of leaflets in both the Prep School porch and also the Pre-Prep entrance way.  Please also visit https://www.net-aware.org.uk/  for more information on apps and what they do.  Thank you to those parents who came.

Louise Payne