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Stone Gazette – Safer Surfing as Bishop Lonsdale School

Friday 7th August 2015 – Primary school children will be safer surfing the internet, thanks to a community-conscious internet provider.
Pupils at Bishop Lonsdale Church of England VC Primary School in Eccleshall, were presented with the Caught in the Web online safety books by Worcester-based wireless internet provider, Airband Community Internet.

The books were presented to the school earlier in July and the children were also given a talk on internet safety. Airband Community Internet says OFCOM research shows that six-year-olds are now as digitally aware as most adults and report a rise in cyber bullying. Consequently the company decided to put something back into the community and help 274 school children across nine schools.

The books and resources are part of the Barney and Echo series and are produced together with the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain. Caught in the Web focuses on raising awareness about issues such as cyber bullying and keeping safe online.

Miranda Peel, co-founder of Airband Community Internet said:

“As a business that understands the digital world in great depth, we are acutely aware of the dangers that young people face when online. The internet is an integral part of all our lives and even children as young as three-years-old are becoming very technically aware. All interaction with wider society carries risk and young children can be ill equipped to deal with the particular dangers that present themselves on a virtual level. For this reason we are delighted to work alongside the Police Community Clubs of GB in distributing the ‘Caught in the Web’ educational resources to many of our local primary schools. ”

We are wholly delighted with the exceptional service from Airband, from the thoughtful, helpful office staff to the lovely engineer who got us set up so quickly and efficiently - definitely puts other providers to shame.

- Aishlyn, Devon