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September 2004

2500 Children receive Kidsmart message!

Childnet International’s Kidsmart project has been back ‘on the road’ – working in partnership with Leicestershire Police Forces to teach children in local schools how to be SMART online. Over 2500 children in villages surrounding Leicester and Loughborough enjoyed interactive online sessions and games when they were visited by the Kidsmart team. Both secondary and primary schools were visited accompanied by local police officers who were there to learn how to give the presentations themselves. Four parent’s sessions were also run; encouraging parents to get involved in their children’s online activity. These were well attended and parents were encouraged to learn practical steps to help protect their children and guide them in using the internet positively.

Helen Penn, of Childnet said:

This initiative with Leicestershire Police was a fantastic opportunity to visit 3 or 4 schools a day and teach a huge number of children how to stay SMART online. It was also a great time to build relationships with local beat officers, and to know that the internet safety message will be reinforced in the schools. Partnering with regional police forces is a wonderful way to reach a large percentage of children and parents whilst at the same time working with community policing initiatives – helping them to work in a stronger way in schools.

If you would like to run a similar scheme or activity day in your area contact kidsmart@childnet.com or call 020 7639 6967.

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