Broadland schoolchildren to learn about everything from online security to dangers of sexting

Broadland Crucial Crew 2017 event at The Space with pupils from Marsham & Heveingham, White Women La

Broadland Crucial Crew 2017 event at The Space with pupils from Marsham & Heveingham, White Women Lane Junior and Brundall Primary Schools. Broadland Council Leader Andrew Proctor with pupils from Brundall Primary School learning about emergency planning. Photo: Angela Sharpe Photography - Credit: Angela Sharpe Photography

Schoolchildren will learn about everything from online security to the dangers of sexting as part of an educational programme.

More than 900 pupils from schools across Broadland are taking part in the Crucial Crew project this week.

It takes place at The Space in Norwich, and is led by Norfolk fire service, along with Norfolk County Council and Broadland District Council.

Nine pods offer pupils the chance to learn about everything from advice on online security and the dangers of sexting to staying safe in the water this summer.

This is the second year Broadland District Council has hosted Crucial Crew.

Council leader Andrew Proctor, who attended the first session of the week, said: 'Broadland District Council is delighted to host Crucial Crew for a second year, as it offers a great way to deliver key safety messages to children.

'This is an excellent example of how learning some vital messages about staying safe can be delivered in such a relaxed and positive way evidenced from the enthusiasm of both those attending and those delivering the sessions.'

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Garry Collins, Head of Fire Prevention and Protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: 'This is a great example of partnership agencies combining to deliver critical safety advice.

'It helps keep children and all their loved ones safe by being better prepared to react to emergency situations.'

Insp Bex Brown from Norfolk Constabulary, which is delivering messages about online safety at the event, said: 'We want to ensure that children of today are mindful about staying safe online.

'Technology is growing and there are so many ways in which children can now access the internet.

'We want young people to think every time they go online about who they may be speaking to and recognise internet misuse such as cyber bullying and grooming.'

All children taking part in Crucial Crew will receive a certificate of participation.

Organisations taking part in this year's event include:

• National Grid

• Norfolk Resilience Forum

• The Magdalen Group

• Maritime and Coastguard Agency

• The Matthew Project

• St John Ambulance

• UK Power Networks

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