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Portland Place School students share social media expertise with Victoria Derbyshire on BBC show

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 25 May 2017

Portland Place School students (from left to right) Tashi Feinstein, Erza Button and Lara Newell heading into the BBc studios.

Portland Place School students (from left to right) Tashi Feinstein, Erza Button and Lara Newell heading into the BBc studios.

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A trio of Portland Place School pupils were invited to the BBC to share their expertise on social media.

Staff and students from Portland Place School shared their social media expertise with Victoria Derbyshire on her BBC show earlier this month. Staff and students from Portland Place School shared their social media expertise with Victoria Derbyshire on her BBC show earlier this month.

Speaking to presenter Victoria Derbyshire, Year 10 pupil Lara Newell and Year 8’s Ezra Button and Tashi Feinstein gave their opinions on the topic of ‘fraud prevention for students’.

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, as well as how to identify fake emails.

Lara said: “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 added: “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.”

*Snapstreaks 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.

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