The scheme will last for 40 weeks, running throughout the academic year. The objective of the scheme is to give guidance to parents and protect children from potential dangers when using the Internet including social media sites.
The key facts and points to protect children from Internet dangers will be delivered through football drills and activities, while parents will be advised about the restrictions and parental control measures available when children access their mobile phones, computers or other online devices.
Head of the Community Sports Trust Steve Cuss said, ‘I am delighted that we have the opportunity to run Connect With Care for the community in partnership with C4L, without whom we would not able to offer such a scheme.’
The subject of Internet safety has featured highly on the public agenda in recent weeks and the project demonstrates the club’s policy of working on issues that matter to local people.
Internet access is widely accessible now, at home, in school and on mobiles, so it is crucial to help parents and children understand more about using the Internet safely.
C4L’s CEO, Simon Mewett said, ‘This is such an important project and we are more than happy to volunteer our time and expertise to support this scheme.’
He added, ‘As an industry leader delivering Internet connectivity, we are very aware of the potential risks and dangers associated with uncontrolled Internet access. As a business owner and father, I feel we all have a duty and responsibility to protect our children.
‘We had no hesitation in supporting AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust to deliver this scheme and fully agree with the government’s recent announcement to help protect our children from pornography and abuse.’
According to the BBC website, 22nd July 2013, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced he had reached agreement with the four biggest ISPs on pornography filters, after some behind the scenes tussling. But he hinted that if search engines like Google didn’t agree to a blacklist of search terms, he would legislate. The Prime Minister has warned Internet companies that they need to act to block access to child abuse images or face new legal controls.
Mewett added, ‘We totally agree with this and will do all we can to comply and assist, in the meantime, we are happy to support AFC Bournemouth Sports Community Trust providing knowledge and training to children and parents about using the Internet safely.’
(Pictured left to right: Jamie Dighton Community Sports Trust assistant manager, Gary Barter C4L marketing manager, Steve Cuss head of AFCB Community Sports Trust, Catherine Stanley AFCB partnerships executive)