Portland Place Pupils Share Their Social Media Expertise on BBC Show

Last Updated on : 26th May 2017

Three lucky pupils from Portland Place School were recently invited to join Victoria Derbyshire on her morning BBC show.

The pupils were asked their views on a feature regarding “Fraud Prevention for Students”, a hot topic currently.

From left. Portland Place caretaker Joe Akyeampong, Tashi Feinstein, Lara Newell, head of year 8 Toni Tasic, Russell Winnard from Young Enterprise and Ezra Button.

The school, which is local to the impressive BBC offices selected Year 10 pupil Lara Newell to lead the opinions and she was supported by Year 8 pupils Ezra Button and Tashi Feinstein.

The feature covered the latest calls for the national curriculum to be updated to educate young people on how to protect themselves from internet fraud. Research has shown that young people are twice as likely to be victims and reports of these types of incidents are increasing. They also discussed password sharing, using the same password across different devices and platforms and the dangers of this. Fake emails were also addressed and it was explained how to identify which are real and which are fraudulent.

Lara commented: “Speaking on live television was easier than I expected. As I was the oldest student there, I felt most prepared to answer Victoria’s question, and as a bit of a Snapchat expert – I’m known in my year for having the biggest Streaks* – I had quite a lot to talk about and could relate quite well.”

Headmaster David Bradbury said: “This is an important topic right now and the younger generation need to be educated on how to protect themselves. It is great that the BBC wanted the opinions of our pupils and I think they really benefited from not only experiencing the excellent facility, but also meeting with an expert in this topic.”

*A Snapstreak or Streaks are when you and your friend have snapped each other (not chatted) within 24 hours over three consecutive days. The longer you keep this going the more “Streaks” you receive.

Portland Place School is a leading independent co-educational school for children aged 9-18, located directly in the heart of the City of Westminster.


For more information on the school visit: www.portland-place.co.uk 

or call 020 7307 8700

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