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School pupils from across Darlington spent a week learning about the importance of e-safety as part of an international project designed to keep children safe online.

Coinciding with Safer Internet Day, the five schools, which are all operated by Lingfield Education Trust, introduced a range of initiatives designed to educate pupils as to the importance of online privacy, and the dangers that can come from not staying safe online.

Corporation Road Primary School, Heathfield Primary School, Hurworth Primary School, Mount Pleasant Primary School and Northwood Primary School all hosted assemblies and challenged their pupils to look at e-safety in a range of variety of creative ways.

Set out by the UK Safer Internet Centre, children followed the motto ‘Be the Change – Unite for a Better Internet’.

Pupils at Northwood Primary School created their own emojis and #GiveASmile pictures, talked about the power of online images, and discussed cyber-bullying.

Heathfield School encouraged its Year 5 and 6 pupils to deliver lessons to younger students, passing on the importance of staying safe online in a way they would understand.

Children at Hurworth Primary School focused on e-safety in apps popular with the children, focusing specifically on Snapchat, and Yellow.

Mount Pleasant Primary School raised awareness around the importance of online safety through the creation of ‘digital citizenship pledges’, and Corporation Road Primary School completed a range of activities suggested on the UK Safer Internet Centre’s website.

Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said: “Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet.

“Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all ‘be the change’ and take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”

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