Celebrating one year and 6000 new Internet Legends!
This year Parent Zone has been collaborating with Google on the Internet Legends Tour, bringing foam fingers, pictures of cats and important online safety messages to primary schools across the UK.
As the first academic year of Google’s Internet Legends draws to a close, we look back on our journey to share the four pillars of the Legends Code.
The league of Internet Legends now includes 6000 children who have been to one of the tour’s assemblies, their teachers and 28 Members of Parliament including Karen Bradley (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport), Edward Timpson (Minister of State for Children and Families) and Yvette Cooper (former Shadow Home Secretary). The tour has visited 46 schools, from Totnes to Tottenham, and from Barry Island to Newcastle.
What all Legends have in common is that they have learned, and pledged to follow, the Legends Code: Think before you share, Protect your stuff, Check it’s for real and Respect each other.
Dr Linda Papadopoulos, one of the UK’s most respected psychologists and member of the Internet Legends advisory board, said: ‘‘The internet is an integral part of young people’s lives. Making sure they learn the skills they need to enjoy it safely is essential. The Internet Legends tour is a great opportunity to bring these issues to life - building resilience and helping them to feel confident about managing their online lives is an essential life skill.’
So an Internet Legends assembly covers critical lessons like keeping personal information private and treating others with respect online.
But it’s also lots of fun – and that’s part of the reason it’s been a huge success with children, schools and MPs.
Here are just a few of our favourite moments from the nationwide tour.
Safer Internet Day 2016
‘The Assembly at Vicarage was outstanding, and I welcome Google’s ‘Internet Legends’ initiative aimed at primary school children. The internet holds out vast potential for children to learn and explore, but it's vital too that they know how to stay safe. I hope that ‘Internet Legends’ help many children – and their families – to have fun and stay safe online.’
- Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham
Our presenter Jez Edwards and the team from Wonder, the creative events agency behind the show
‘Many thanks for the assembly today – the children were buzzing about it for the rest of the day and went home full of it...there will be lots of parents in Boston tonight learning about how to be ‘epic’ online!’
- Jo French, Tower Road Academy, Lincolnshire
Alun Cairns MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, Jez, Parent Zone CEO Vicki Shotbolt and five new Internet Legends
‘I will tell all of my friends and family to use the Internet Legends Code so they can stay safe online.’ – comment from a child who attended the Safer Internet Day event.
The Google Internet Legends Tour has been developed by Google working with Parent Zone, Wonder and Livity. The project’s advisory board is made up of expert representatives from children’s and online safety organisations, academia and industry.