AFC Bournemouth player Andrew Surman coached schoolchildren on the importance of staying safe online on global Safer Internet Day (February 6, 2018).
Midfielder Surman visited St. Katharine’s School in Southbourne, with AFC Bournemouth’s charitable Community Sports Trust (CST).
The CST works with 4000 people each week, from school children to the over 50s, on projects ranging from healthy living to road safety.
Each project has a Cherries first team player as its ambassador, to act as a role model and deliver its key messages.
The St. Katherine’s pupils took part in the CST’s popular Connect with Care project which highlights potential dangers when using the internet on computers, smart phones and tablets.
AFC Bournemouth's Head of Community Steve Cuss, said: "The children were extremely well-engaged and showed a real maturity when discussing the issues surrounding internet safety.
"These sessions are becoming increasingly popular and have proved to be invaluable for parents, pupils and teachers."
Connect with Care is sponsored by IT Support Business (ITSB) Ltd, which is based in London and Bournemouth.
The IT support and security specialist became an official partner of AFCB’s Community Sports Trust halfway into the 2016/17 season and is continuing the relationship through the current season.
Lee Dredge, CEO of ITSB, said: "The importance of educating children to be aware and to protect their personal information when online cannot be understated, and the tuition delivered in the Connect with Care sessions enables them to develop responsible habits from an early stage."
He added: "Despite having personally attended many Connect with Care lessons, it’s still fantastic to see the reaction and awareness that is created.
"The bonus on Safer Internet Day was of course watching the faces of the children when Andrew Surman spoke. It’s a lesson they will never forget and we are proud to be supporting AFC Bournemouth as it continues to make internet safety part of the children’s daily routine."
Other CST partners include Yellow Buses, Curtiss-Wright and Goadsby.
For more information on partnering with AFC Bournemouth, please email Amy Marks on: [email protected] or call: 01202 726313.