MP beamed into school assembly

Monday November 23rd 2020

Owen Thompson

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Owen Thompson MP took part virtually in a ‘Be Internet Legends’ school assembly at Paradykes Primary School to teach children about staying safe online.

The Assembly was part of an interactive educational programme from Google and Parentzone offering primary school teachers resources to encourage children to be safer and more confident online explorers.

The Midlothian MP said:-

“It was great to be beamed into my old primary school for such a good cause – promoting online safety.

“The ‘Be Internet Legends’ campaign is a fun way to help younger children use the web wisely.

“While parents and teachers do their best to protect and supervise children online, we can’t always see everything they do and it’s important to make sure our young ones have the tools they need to help them navigate safely.

“As a dad of a young daughter myself, I worry about the pressures children are under in the online environment and some of the dangers lurking in the uglier side of the web. Action to better protect children from online harms is one of my top priorities in my role as an MP.

“Tighter regulations are needed, and this is something I will be working for at Westminster, but there are many steps we can all take right now and I welcome initiatives like ‘Be Internet Legends’ to empower children to be more confident and aware as they explore the online world.”

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