“Online safety and conduct advice is now as fundamental a part of educating and protecting our children as the Green Cross Code.”
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey has awarded grant funding from the Community Safety Fund to Surrey radio station Eagle Radio to deliver free Online and Social Media Law & Ethics training, run by an accredited journalist, in every secondary state school in the county.
The training will provide expert advice to young people on the responsible, legal and safe use of social media and the internet. Local students will learn about: online and social media law; the do’s and don’ts of social media and internet; awareness and reporting of cyber-bullying; and how to stay safe online.
In April 2013, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley launched the Community Safety Fund, which allows the PCC to offer direct financial support to projects and initiatives in Surrey helping to improve community safety. The Commissioner invited – and continues to invite – bids for funding from this initiative from any local groups that can support the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan for Surrey. In total, the Commissioner is making £509,000 available from the fund this year for bids from the community.
Through the Eagle Radio project, each state secondary school in Surrey will be offered, free of charge:
– An assembly style format to address the whole school
– A breakaway workshop session for a year group, tutor group or subject-specific class (for example, Media or English)
– A meeting with the Senior Management Team to discuss school policies and additional information for parents
Up to £31,500 of funding has been awarded from the Community Safety Fund to the scheme.
Kevin Hurley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, said:
“The internet and social media is changing our way of life profoundly. Online safety and conduct advice is now as fundamental a part of educating and protecting our children as the Green Cross Code.
“I am pleased that, by working with Eagle Radio and with funding from the PCC’s Community Safety Fund, this Office can support a programme offering online and social media law and ethics education to all of Surrey’s state secondary schools. This is an important initiative that I commend to headteachers, parents and pupils alike.”