Hebburn youngsters learn how to stay safe online

Toner Avenue pupil James Morley, aged nine, with his winning design and Coun Joan Atkinson.
Toner Avenue pupil James Morley, aged nine, with his winning design and Coun Joan Atkinson.

Youngsters from a South Tyneside school have been learning how to keep themselves safe online.

Pupils from Toner Avenue Primary School in Hebburn have had extra lessons, and parents have come along to workshops as part of a special initiative to make youngsters more aware of the potential dangers of the Internet.

The Internet is wonderful resource for our young people but, as with everything, it is really important to make sure they know h ow to stay safe.

Claire Hutchinson, head of school, said

Head of school, Claire Hutchinson, said: “The internet is a wonderful resource for our young people but, as with everything, it is really important to make sure they know how to stay safe.

“A key focus of this project was making sure youngsters understand the importance of not revealing personal information online, and not posting inappropriate material.”

As part of the initiative, the children designed a screensaver to remind youngsters about how to stay safe.

The design by James Morley, aged, nine, was selected by the school council as the winning design, because it was clear and bright.

James’s design has now been turned into a screensaver for every computer in the school, courtesy of Adam Hill from County Durham-based graphic design studio Creative Hill, who did the work free of charge.

James was awarded a framed copy of his design as his prize.

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, said: “Toner Avenue Primary School is to be commended for this proactive approach to promoting the safe, positive and responsible use of the Internet.

“Keeping children safe online is incredibly important and I’m pleased that the school has made this a real family affair and explored the role we can all take to create a safer online community.”