Children share lessons on how to stay safe online with Merton’s mayor

The mayor of Merton visited children at Haslemere Primary School in Mitcham to hear what they had learnt about staying safe online with advice from the council as part of Safer Internet Day.


The mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser, with school children from Haslemere Primary School.

The mayor, Councillor Brenda Fraser, enjoyed listening to the children’s ideas at the school on Tuesday February 7.

The children presented their ideas on what they thought staying safe online meant, and learnt how to use technology positively and stay safe when using the internet on mobile phones, at home or at school.

Schools across the borough are taking part in activities to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe. In the UK it is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Cllr Fraser said: “It was a pleasure to visit Haslemere Primary School and take part in their Safer Internet Day activities. The children had some very impressive ideas on how to promote the safe and responsible use of the internet which I hope they will remember for many years to come.”

Cabinet member for education, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “Staying safe online is incredibly important and I am delighted children in Merton are being encouraged to use the internet responsibly and safely in this way.”