Sir Henry Floyd headteacher who reported pupils’ cyber bullying to police welcomes internet security boost

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A headteacher has welcomed an internet security giant’s move to help Bucks children be safer in cyberspace.

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School’s Stephen Box believes McAfee’s ‘Online Safety for Kids’ project will provide an extra layer of protection for students and help inform parents.

Mr Box last month took the unusual step of contacting police after some of the school’s pupils were ‘cyber bullied’ on a Latvian social networking website and he said activity on such sites are the major fear.

He said: “The main thing will be about giving parents some information about looking over their children’s shoulders and what to look out for when their children are going online.

“Very often it is not the case of children going on the wrong websites but social networking can be used for good and evil and hurtful things can be said.”

McAfee’s programme will see staff teach internet safety at schools in the area, supported by an online portal where schools, parents and children can find information on navigating cyberspace. The firm launched the scheme at the official opening of its new centre in Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury.

Mr Box said the school already speaks to parents and pupils about internet security, but added: “McAfee will be able to bring some expertise and knowledge on what’s going on online.”