More than 1,200 Tendring pupils learnt about staying safe online, healthy relationships and were warned about gangs during this year’s Crucial Crew.
Run by the Tendring Community Safety Partnership (TCSP), Crucial Crew workshops take place over eight weeks to teach safety messages to year six pupils.
In total 1,242 youngsters from 32 Tendring schools took part in the sessions.
E-Safety Training warned about the dangers of grooming and not sharing your information online, while Basildon Women’s Aid ran sessions on having healthy relationships. Meanwhile Reach Every Generation spoke about gangs and the dangers of becoming involved in one.
Among the many tips and pieces of advice given out was a warning about sending pictures – even innocuous ones, such as of your ‘cool gaming chair’ – to strangers online as they can use free software to track your location from the data embedded within the image.
The gangs workshop highlighted the realities of prison, while healthy relationships gave advice on identifying and leaving a coercive partner.
Lynda McWilliams, TCSP Chairwoman, said year six was a good at age at which to give these messages.
“At the age of 10-11 these youngsters are starting to get more independence and preparing for the transition to secondary school,” Cllr McWilliams said.
“These sessions are specifically geared towards children, and we know from the feedback that the use of roleplay, video and other techniques really get the children engaged in the topics.
“I hope that the children who took part will take away this information and put it to good use, and that by attending they will carry on down a positive path in life.”
For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.
Attached images from one of the Crucial Crew sessions on online safety. Picture: Matt Cattermole/TDC