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Safer online education in schools


Students across Gloucestershire will be learning how to stay safe online through a new curriculum developed by Gloucestershire County Council.

PinK (people in the know) is a new, free personal social health education (PSHE) curriculum developed by teachers that is being rolled out to Gloucestershire schools.

The curriculum has a series of lessons plans covering a range of topics, including internet safety, health and wellbeing and understanding personal change and responsibility, to help children and young people learn about their own safety and lead a happy, healthy and safe life.

The curriculum is being offered to all key stages in primary, secondary schools and further education in Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB), in an initiative with Gloucestershire Police have joint funded for primary school children to watch a play on internet safety called, In the Net.

The play covers the topic of keeping safe online in a fun and accessible way for year three to six pupils. In the Net will run from 22 February to the 18 March and is being performed by AlterEgo Creative Solutions.

Dave McCallum, independent chair of the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board, said: "In an age where young people regularly use the internet, we want to ensure that they are as safe as possible online."

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people said: "Gloucestershire County Council has worked with our partners to create a package for schools to help young people recognise risks and look after themselves in many ways, including online.

The reaction of local schools has been really great, and I'm confident the PinK curriculum is going to make a difference."

The PinK curriculum is free to all schools in Gloucestershire and there are currently 346 schools in Gloucestershire that have signed up for the PinK curriculum and are currently using it, with more schools currently signing up to use in the next academic year.

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