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Six­teen stu­dents from Sawtry Vil­lage Academy are set to be­come “dig­i­tal lead­ers” af­ter join­ing an in­no­va­tive new in­ter­net safety pro­gramme run by UK char­ity, Child­net In­ter­na­tional.

The stu­dents will join an on­line com­mu­nity, where they will be able to ac­cess train­ing and sup­port from Child­net’s team, record achieve­ments, and col­lab­o­rate and share in­spi­ra­tion with other schools across the UK.

Sup­ported by Face­book and the Eu­ro­pean Union, the pro­gramme pro­vides Sawtry Vil­lage Academy stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with lead­ing tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, and have a say in cre­at­ing a bet­ter in­ter­net for the fu­ture.

The Child­net Dig­i­tal Lead­ers Pro­gramme launched in 2015 and aims to em­power young peo­ple to cham­pion dig­i­tal ci­ti­zen­ship and cre­ativ­ity within their schools. The pro­gramme also en­cour­ages stu­dents to ed­u­cate their peers, par­ents and teach­ers about stay­ing safe on­line.

Sharon Boyles, ICT teacher and e-safety lead, said: “We have signed up to the pro­gramme to put our stu­dents at the heart of our school’s ap­proach to e-safety. We know this is im­por­tant and Child­net have given us an op­por­tu­nity to try some­thing new.”

In 2014, UK school in­spec­tors set out that out­stand­ing e-safety prac­tice in schools in­volves the in­volve­ment and lead­er­ship of young peo­ple. Will Gard­ner, CEO of Child­net, said: “This year Child­net turns 20 and we’re ex­cited to be launch­ing a new youth pro­gramme, which will help build a new ap­proach to e-safety, putting young peo­ple at the heart of the so­lu­tion.

“We have been pi­lot­ing this pro­gramme over the last year, with sup­port from Face­book, and the im­pact of the pro­gramme is clear - from safer on­line be­hav­iours of stu­dents to the in­volve­ment of young peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing e-safety poli­cies and wider.”

The academy stu­dents on the e-safety pro­gramme.

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