The Cyber Ambassador Scheme was developed by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission and is offered free to interested schools following a successful pilot in 2017.
It enables trained pupils to become ambassadors in their school to educate and support their peers on online safety, has been delivered to around 5,000 students across the county.
More than 100 students of 12 secondary schools in Portsmouth and Hampshire have been trained as ‘cyber ambassadors’ since the beginning of this year. For secondary schools, the cyber ambassador scheme covers issues such as sexting, cyber stalking and grooming.
The scheme is also available for primary schools, with students learning how to stay safe and defeat cyber sea monsters like Selphire (selfies) Meanataur (cyberbullying), Angler (searching), Info-Eator (privacy) and Bi-Diphorus (befriending). The scheme is based on learning through activities and uses top trump cards for each sea monster to reinforce the learning around each individual danger and the actions that can be taken to protect yourself and others.
Further information & to register for 2019/20
If your school is interested in joining the Cyber Ambassador Scheme in the next school year, call the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and ask for the Cyber Ambassador Scheme Coordinator Marcia Tanyanyiwa: 01962 871595
The full Cyber Ambassador pilot report can be accessed via the link button below
Feedback from students taking part in the training praises the interactive approach. One student commented:
“I thought today was very educational and eye opening and really fun. I now know to put my account on private. Thanks for helping me help others with their problems.”
Heather Trim, Deputy Head, Portsmouth High School
“The cyber ambassadors are given a toolkit to help them stay safe online and to be able to signpost help where necessary, reacting instantly to local trends. The scheme works because the ambassadors have credibility among their peers and they are able to provide realistic advice to parents.”
Alison Romaine, Youth Commission Member
“The scheme has linked technical and social advice from organisations with schoolchildren – the experts of the trends and goings-on of their online lives – who can then teach their peers and talk with their parents. It has allowed young people to be in control of how they live online.”