John recently joined schools in Swinton and Thurnscoe to learn why it is so important for young people to stay safe and positive online.

The event was hosted by Google on YouTube live to as part of their Be Internet Legends programme.

To help teachers and parents educate children about online safety during the pandemic, Google and family internet safety experts Parent Zone are virtually delivering their educational programme, which empowers 7 to 11-year-olds to become safer, more confident explorers of the online world.

Since May 2020, Google and Parent Zone have delivered hundreds of interactive live assemblies for children at home and in school, as well as teacher training workshops, professional roundtables and sessions for parents. The programme has reached over a million children across the UK.

Assemblies were held at Milton School in Swinton and The Hill Primary Academy, Thurnscoe.

John told pupils: “The internet is a big world. You want to make the most of it – but to do that you’ve got to be able to stay safe within it.”

The programme consists of five key pillars which form the essentials of staying safe online:

1. Be “internet sharp” – think before you share
2. Be “internet alert” – check it’s for real
3. Be “internet secure” – protect your stuff
4. Be “internet kind” – respect each other
5. Be “internet brave” – when in doubt, discuss