Ashfield Schools boost awareness on internet safety

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Work around the subject of e-safety by Year 10 students from six of Ashfield’s secondary schools is to be judged by a panel, which includes Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping.

Schools were invited to get pupils to plan and deliver lessons in Internet safety for younger people from their area for a Dragon’s Den-style competition organised and funded by Ashfield Community Safety Partnership.

A planning group led by Nottinghamshire County Council community safety officer Leah Sareen, which includes representatives from Ashfield’s schools, the Police, the County Council and the Community Safety Partnership, has met regularly to plan and monitor various stages of the project.

Details of the competition were provided to the schools last October and it will come to a grand conclusion with presentations by the school teams to a panel followed by selection of a winning entry which will be awarded £1,000 for the school concerned.

The final takes place on 8th March at the Arrow Centre in Hucknall.

This is the fourth year that Ashfield Community Safety Partnership has co-ordinated a Dragons’ Den-style project, created to encourage young people to think and talk about crime and anti-social behaviour and with a different theme each year.

Chief Inspector Andrew Clarke, who sits on the planning group, said: “We chose cyber bullying and e-safety as the theme this year as these are central issues to young people.

“Lessons are currently delivered around use of the Internet and mobiles, which include contact with unsuitable people, exposure to inappropriate content, cyber bullying and too much personal information being given, but they are not changing the behaviour of young people.

“We very much look forward to seeing how the pupils conveyed this information and how successful those in the classes being taught thought it was.”