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Vodafone employees teach St Bart's pupils how to stay safe online

A TEAM of Vodafone employees took their tech expertise to a Newbury school in an effort to raise awareness about staying safe online.

The cyber safety student workshop was held at the beginning of December at St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury, with a group of 20 pupils aged between 11 and 15 producing informative displays and activities to raise awareness of online safety.

Students came up with a slogan for the issue – “think quick to stop the click” – and created displays featuring poems, videos, quizzes, leaflets and posters, emphasising the importance of taking responsibility for your own social media usage and the message that bullying shouldn’t be tolerated.

Deputy headteacher Maureen Sims said of the event: “Technology is a great resource and part of our future, but as more mobile and digital devices are used, there is an increased exposure to online threats.

“We were delighted to work with Vodafone to help protect our community.

“The materials produced during the workshop give students the tools to keep themselves safe when using social media and the internet and the skills to recognise, respond to and report cyber bullying.”

Spokeswoman for Vodafone UK Kate Sharples said: “It’s been a really amazing experience to work with so many highly-motivated students at St Bartholomew’s School, helping them navigate their way through an increasingly complex world.

“The responsible use of digital is something we’ve been championing for many years and we’re delighted to be able to support such an innovative cyber awareness campaign.”

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