Safety expert hosts internet workshops at Felpham Community College

Alan Mackenzie, e-safety expert, which some Felpham Community College students
Alan Mackenzie, e-safety expert, which some Felpham Community College students

In support of National Internet Safety day, Felpham Community College hosted a number of internet safety workshops for students in Year Seven and Eight, led by Alan Mackenzie.

Alan Mackenzie is an independent, specialist adviser with a focus on e-safety for young adults.

As well as running the e-safety academy, he has written for The Guardian and is a lead speaker for SchoolsSpeakers. The workshops reminded students on the importance of internet safety, keeping safe online and digital identify and footprint.

Sally Turner, Year 10 manager, said: “Most students access the internet every day, whether for social media, research and homework or internet shopping. At FCC we feel it is important to continuously remind students of the importance of internet safety, particularly with social media. Young people today use a number of apps to communicate and celebrate their lives but this can often come at a price. It is our job to teach students how to keeping safe online, the pitfalls of sharing your details with the world and that cyber bullying is as offensive as face-to-face bullying. The workshop Alan led got some serious messages across and hopefully educated students on the importance of staying safe with the accounts they use and the sites they access.”

Ben Jackson, a Year Seven student, said: “The workshop was good. We learnt about hacking and how people and companies can steal your information and use it. We might think our accounts are private but not to the level we want them to be. I use Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Musically and Snapchat and so do all of my friends. We need to be sure on what we are signing up to and be careful with the information we share. It helps that we are not allowed to access our phones in the school day as this means text bullying doesn’t take place as there isn’t the time to do it.”

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