Hundreds of Redbridge pupils speak to the police in live video chat to learn about safety
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Pupils and police linked up online as part of Redbridge Safer Internet Day.
More than 300 children from 20 schools across the borough joined a video conference with the Met to learn all about how to navigate the world wide web in a safe fashion and share experiences with each other.
Police officers ran the operation from Gearies Primary School, Waremead Road and called lots of other pupils at Fullwood Primary, Redbridge Primary, Barley Lane Primary, Churchfields Juniors and many more, all at once.
The children learnt what to look out for when surfing the web, and what they should report.
Pc Kim Gakhal said: “Video conferencing is a very good use of police time.
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“To connect with 10-plus schools at the same time in one afternoon is amazing.
“It would take me more than one week to get around to that many schools. It is also a good use of modern day technology.”
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Gearies Primary School headteacher Robert Drew said the opportunity for schools to link with supporting professionals like the police through video conference is invaluable.
“The interactivity is very good and the experience is a good substitute for a personal visit, something that is obviously much more challenging to achieve,” he said.
“Video conference offers schools a great experience for children and offers quality support on difficult topics like online safety.”
Gearies pupil Ishaq, 11, said the event made everyone feel better online.
“I think meeting the police and hearing the other schools present was a really good idea to build up our confidence online,” he said.
“There are too many people out there receiving No Caller ID calls, pop-up ads or ads that state tempting things, and not reporting this or informing someone.”
A Redbridge Safer Internet Day spokeswoman said as well as keeping children safe the event had three other objectives.
She hoped the session would train young people to be peer educators and role models in their school communities through working with the police.
It would give children the opportunity to inspire their peers while they presented ideas to each other and empower the pupils to make a difference.