Hull City star Todd Kane said: “I’m more than happy to take part in this event. It’s very important that children know about internet safety and what to do if they’re being cyber bullied. I know a lot of children look up to people like professional athletes and footballers so anything we can do to help them get the message by coming along and showing our faces is good.
“We really enjoyed looking at the posters the kids had made and there’s a lot of talented young artists here.”
Eleven-year-old pupil Liam Welsh, a Hull City fan, said: “It was really cool to have the Hull City players come in and talk to us and to have the people from KCOM come to talk to us about safety too. I’ve learned things like never to share your password and never talk to anyone you don’t know on the internet.”
Year Six teacher Leanne Taylor said the day had made her students think more about the opportunities and dangers of being online.
She said: “It’s been really good to see the kids so engaged and having a good time today. Subjects like internet safety can be a really dry topic but the activities that KCOM brought in helped to make it entertaining and bring it to life.
“It was really good to see the Hull City players here acting as ambassadors for internet safety. It really gives it a bit of credibility to have some celebrities sharing the message instead of us boring old teachers trying to explain it. It really helps to reinforce what we do at school surrounding the whole subject of internet safety.”
Safer Internet Day is a world-wide initiative to help educate children, parents and carers to combat online dangers.