9 in 10 children under 10 go on-line. 41% of primary school children say that they have communicated on-line with people that they do not know. 1 in 3 children are cyber bullied.
We teach children in interactive classroom sessions how to stay safer on-line and we also teach parents how to help their children but we're doing it on old and tired kit. Two new laptops and two projectors would update our classroom spaces at Hazard Alley and our School Liaison Officers will take the laptops out into schools with them.
Between them they teach around 5000 children aged 6 to 12 and adults a year how to protect their personal information, not to automatically trust who they are talking to online is who they say they are, what makes a good password, parental controls, healthy screen time and how to negotiate sensible use. They signpost parents to other resources in their briefing sessions and also highlight the potential risks of young children gaming and live-streaming.
In the 25 years we have been in operation we have taught half a million children the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that will help them keep themselves safer in lots of everyday situations. We do this on very little government funding so without your support we wouldn't be here.