Digital Leaders Programme opens up to primary schools in e-safety drive

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Taking the lead: Childnet’s Digital Leaders earn badges and points by completing interactive online training and recording the activities they have delivered in school

Internet safety charity Childnet is extending its Digital Leaders Programme to primary schools.

The news was announced earlier this month following a successful first year of the secondary school programme that has seen more than 1,000 young people undergo training to equip them to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

The programme is delivered by Childnet as part of its work as one of three charities in the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Digital Leaders offers young people access to an online community in which they can get training and support from Childnet’s experts, record achievements and earn badges, and collaborate and share inspiration with schools across the UK.

This approach has been backed by the 13 primary schools involved in the pilot. Carolyn Ellis-Gage from Norwich Road Academy in Thetford said: “My pupils are really enthusiastic about the training and love working through and gaining the badges.”

Childnet CEO Will Gardner added: “It has been inspiring to see the huge range of activities delivered over the last year by Digital Leaders in secondary schools across the UK. We are now very excited to announce the launch of the programme for primary schools.”

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