Dagenham-based theatre smashes fundraising target for bringing cyber security lessons to schools

PUBLISHED: 08:47 29 September 2017

Actors could be set to visit schools to promote online safety (picture: Natalie Smith)

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Natalie Smith

A theatre group crowdfunding for online safety lessons for primary school children have smashed their fundraising target, with thousands of primary school children set to benefit.

Arc Theatre’s Broadcast Junior project will see professional actors go round Barking and Dagenham’s primary schools, playing out dangerous online scenarios so pupils can learn to spot risks.

The Dagenham-based theatre raised £9,444, £3,000 more than its target, meaning it can provide lessons to years three and four in addition to the ones planned for years five and six.

Arc Theatre’s Theresa Snooks said: “The victims of cyber bullying are getting younger all the time so it is great to be able to take it to a different age group.”

A third of the fundraising total came from donations, a third came from a grant from the council and the final third was provided by banking group Santander.

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