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Children’s Commissioner observes cyberbullying lesson


Keith Towler Children’s Commissioner for Wales visited Blaenhonddan Primary School in Neath to observe a ‘Be Cyber Safe’ lesson delivered by South Wales Police school community police officer, PC Gavin Puckett

Children’s Commissioner for Wales Mr Keith Towler visited Blaenhonddan Primary School in Neath on Thursday, January 9, where he observed a ‘Be Cyber Safe’ lesson being delivered to a year six class by school community police officer PC Gavin Puckett.

Mr. Towler was invited to the school following his call for legislation to be brought in to deal with the problem of cyberbullying,

The lesson ‘Be Cyber Safe’ forms part of the Key Stage 2 safety strand of the All-Wales School Liaison Programme, and educates young people on the risks associated with being online and how to keep safe.

The lesson focuses on a young girl who unwittingly becomes a victim of cyberbullying and introduces the different forms of bullying to the pupils. A DVD is also shown to pupils and illustrates the vulnerability of children to this form of bullying and the impact it can have on their lives.

Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales said:

“I’m delighted to have visited Blaenhonddan Primary School to see the good work they’re doing with the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme in raising awareness of cyber bullying.

“It is impossible for us to ignore the fact that children and young people are using the internet to play, socialise and to learn in every part of their lives. There is no quick fix solution to safeguarding children online, but it’s heartening to see we can make a difference by investing in teaching children and young people to become confident citizens of this new digital space”

Talking about the lesson, the children said:

“This lesson was beneficial as we learnt about cyberbullying. It is more serious than most people think and some of it is against the law. PC Puckett explained a lot about cyberbullying and helped us to understand the consequences.”

Headteacher Mrs Karen Rees-Jones said:

“Everyone who works with children has a duty of care to protect them and that is why at Blaenhonddan Primary School, safeguarding procedures are firmly embedded in our daily practice. We value the support of our partners and the work of the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme.”

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