Corsham Institute promotes “safer internet community” to Wiltshire schools

By Nick Batten on 8 February, 2018

Local schools are benefiting from a range of online safety activities this week, providing education for pupils about appropriate behaviours on the internet and social media.

The initiative, led by Corsham Institute’s communities programme in support of Safer Internet Day, includes an exhibition (which opened on 6 February at Springfield Community Campus) showcasing the results of a survey of over 2,000 local pupils and their experiences online.

Every school in the area is coordinating activities, lessons, assemblies and parent/carer workshops to help “promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.”

The survey includes polling and views from 1,243 Primary School and 840 Secondary School students between the ages of 4 and 18 from across Corsham, Box, Neston and Colerne.

In addition to working with schools, Corsham Institute is working with various organisations, councils, and community groups, as well as the Corsham Youth Council, the Ministry of Defence and the Wiltshire Police to turn the greater Corsham area into a “safer internet community.”

Rachel Neaman, chief executive officer of Corsham Institute, said: “We’re proud to be working with schools and local groups to ensure the next generation is properly informed about how to use the internet safely.

“Our programme of activities and events this week will provide information for parents, pupils and teachers about how to reduce the risks posed by online sites and social media and ensure our community enjoys digital technology safely and confidently.”

Some of the key findings of the survey include topics like Cyber-bullying among secondary school pupils and the underage use of social media.