The Chingford Times is reporting that youngsters in Waltham Forest are being taught how to protect themselves against potentially harmful information or views being presented online, as part of a school based ’digital resilience’ support project.
The council-funded project, which is free for secondary school and college staff and students in the borough, aims to build resilience so that no-one becomes vulnerable to radicalisation.
Digital resilience coordinators said they believe that if young people can develop a critical mind-set when accessing information in an increasingly digital world, they dramatically reduce their vulnerability to potentially harmful information and agendas, which can be presented in a very persuasive, yet misleading, manner.
Council chiefs said this approach ensures staff are well placed to support young people in becoming more careful and discerning users of the internet and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, cabinet member for community safety and cohesion, said: “We have seen first-hand the important role that prevent has played in ensuring the safety and resilience of all members of the school community in Waltham Forest.
“Our digital resilience project has really helped to improve knowledge and understanding of the risks we face, and has served to reassure residents that the borough’s community safety team is committed to doing all it can to protect the local area.”
To find out more about the project, visit https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/schools/safeguarding/digital-resilience-package.
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