Facebook backs Government’s online safety lessons for school pupils

According to ITV, social media giant Facebook has backed the Government’s new online safety lessons to help school pupils recognise online dangers.

The lessons form part of Government plans to make relationships, sex and health education classes compulsory at all schools from September 2020.

School standards minister Nick Gibb will meet Facebook alongside online safety charities the Diana Award and Childnet to discuss internet safety.

Rebecca Stimson, Facebook’s head of UK policy, welcomed the addition of online safety lessons to the school curriculum.

She said: “The safety of young people online is our absolute priority and, like the Department for Education, we are committed to giving schools the right support so young people have safe and positive experiences online.”

More than £1 million is being shared among three anti-bullying charities – the Diana Award, Anne Frank Trust and the Anti-Bullying Alliance – to reach more than 260,000 pupils with projects designed to prevent bullying in the classroom and online.

Alex Holmes, deputy chief executive of the Diana Award, said: “Thanks to the support from the Department for Education and Facebook, we are able to offer schools our flagship anti-bullying and online safety programme free of charge – and we are proud to support this Government’s approach to bullying prevention and internet safety.”

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