Safety First at Kings’


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Pupils at Kings’ have had the opportunity to prove they’re one step ahead of the game when it comes to Internet safety.

Safer Internet Day saw Kings’ School Winchester hosting Cyber Ambassadors from a number of primary and secondary schools across the county.


They were welcomed by headteacher Matthew Leeming and by Matt Small, who’s ICT coordinator and who organised the special event.

The pupils were addressed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Michael Lane, as well as Assistant PCC Enzo Riglia and Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney.

The scheme has now been introduced into 100 schools and a college across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, training 971 ambassadors who can work with the rest of the students in their schools to keep them safe online.

In addition to this they run cyber awareness sessions with police cadets, PRUs and youth groups.

The Cyber Ambassadors have enthusiastically taken on the mantle to share cyber safety messages with their peers, holding drop ins and running sessions for parents.


ICT coordinator Matt Small says the morning was a huge success: “SID 2020  event at Kings’ was great! I hope the pupils enjoyed their morning’s activities and found them informative and fun.

“Thank you to all the schools and professionals involved in making the event such a success!”

It seems the pupils have taken things on board, too if the comments by Ben from Year 10 are anything to go by: “I thought it was very informative. They kept it interesting and active. I feel inspired to share what we discussed with others at our school.”

Left to right: Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney; Matt Small; Matthew Leeming; Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane; Marcia Tanyonyiwa, Cyber Ambassador coordinator.
Article Contributor: Edyth Miles, with thanks to Enzo Riglia