Students at a Clapham school learnt the five key pillars of internet safety with Google.

Last year, the American tech company conducted research with more than 200 teachers to learn about their experience with online safety in the classroom. Google found that teachers believe children should start learning about online safety as early as seven. 99 percent felt that this should be part of curriculums.

To help teachers educate pupils, Google launched Be Internet Legends in partnership with family internet safety experts Parent Zone. The programme is aimed at 7 - 11 year olds. Students at St Bernadette catholic Junior School were taught the five key pillars of internet safety, which included: Be internet sharp, be internet alert, be internet secure, be internet kind and be internet brave.

Children at the school were also shown Interland – a fun-filled adventure game to make learning about online safety fun and informative. Children learn about avoiding hackers, phishers and bullies practising the skills learnt with the programme.

“We are delighted to visit St Bernadette Catholic Junior School today to help teach children about how to Be Internet Legends. By getting acquainted with what we believe are the five core areas of online safety, we want to prepare children to have a safe and positive experience online,” said Rosie Luff, online safety public policy manager.

“It is important that from a young age, children learn to think carefully and critically about what they see and do online. Parent Zone teamed with Google to create the Be Internet Legends assembly and educational resources, to teach 7-to-11 year-olds ways to be more secure, to think about how they treat others and to share more carefully. It also shows them how to spot scams and unkind behaviour, and how to respond if they do. These skills will help children be safer and more confident online,” said Vicki Shotbolt, founder and CEO of Parent Zone.

Be Internet Legends is an educational programme to help young people be internet safe, confident explorers of the online world - through online platforms, teaching resources, face-to-face workshops and assemblies and free training resources to over 19,000 UK teachers.