Think Before You Scare!

There have been some scary things reported on the internet recently. I’m sure you’ll have heard about some of them. Did you know most people don’t see the actual scary thing they are talking about, they just see the media reports about it? This can cause a hype and interest that doesn’t need to happen and means more people see it than need to, especially our young children.

We won’t always share information with you about specific online safety scares because we don’t want to make the problem worst and alert our children to something they would otherwise be unaware of. Please continue to share your concerns with us and we will speak to the children appropriately and in general about what to do if they see anything scary online. We will continue to advise you to ALWAYS speak to your child/ren about what they do online. This is the best way to keep them safe. 

You can find out more about Think Before you Scare on this SWGfL post about Online Safety Alerts.  

Don’t forget you can share concerns with your child’s class teacher, by using the online safety email address below to contact the in school Online Safety Team or report it directly to CEOP

onlinesafety@princeedward.sheffield.sch.uk 

News: Online Safety Watchdog Proposed

Have you seen the news that the Government is proposing a new Online Safety Watchdog to help keep children and young people safe online? 

What does the Government want to do?

  • establish an independent regulator to check what is being allowed on social media and online sites.
  • allow the independent regulator to fine anyone who does not follow the guidelines.
  • consider further fines and consequences such as blocking for anyone found to be not following the guidelines.

The ‘online harms’ the government wants to protect people from cover a range of issues. Some of them are defined in law, such as:

  •  spreading terrorist content,
  • child sex abuse,
  • so-called revenge pornography,
  • hate crimes, harassment
  • and the sale of illegal goods.

Some of them have a less clear legal definition, such as:

  • cyber-bullying,
  • trolling
  • and the spread of fake news and disinformation.

The Government has published a White Paper called Online Harms White Paper. You can read it and respond online by following this link.

This information has been taken from the BBC article published April 8th 2019. It can be accessed by clicking on the link below: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47826946

Apologies

Apologies for not updating this blog in a while. Since it was last done the term E-safety has been replaced with Online Safety. They mean the same thing and we have not stopped at any point working hard to keep our children safe online both at school and when they go home. You will continue to see the term E-Safety on old blog posts but any new ones will refer to online safety.

Use the tabs and categories to find information which will help you help keep your child safe online. We are of the opinion that children need to be allowed to use technology but like when they go out into the real world and gain their independence they need to know how to keep themselves safe and what to do if they come across something they are unsure about or know to be wrong.

It is important that school and home work together as much as ever to help keep our children safe.

Any questions either please leave a comment or you can email the Online Safety Team directly using onlinesafety@princeedward.sheffield.sch.uk

 

Talking about Online Safety-NSPCC advice

Talking to your children can be hard, especially about their online activities. They can often talk about things you know nothing about and you don’t know how to respond to them. This only gets more difficult as they children get older and explore different areas of the online world.

The NSPCC has released some information to help you talk to your child and start those sometimes difficult conversations.

You can find the whole article by clicking on this link.

Talking to your child about staying safe online

There is information about:

  • Exploring apps and sites together.
  • Getting online safety advice.
  • Asking them about things they might have seen which make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Talking about how they can stay safe online.
  • Finding out how safe are the sites, apps and games they use?
  • Reassuring them you won’t overreact- you’re just looking out for them.
  • Being share aware- talk about what its ok and not ok to share online.
  • What to do if you’re worried about your child online.
  • Speaking to experts in O2 stores.

Remember, its important to talk to your child about their online activities and what they do. They won’t necessarily come to you with their worries. When we asked the children in school even the youngest Nursery children said they wouldn’t tell a grown up if they had a problem for fear that their device would be taken off them.

Safety Week

Read all about what happened in Y5&6 with Mrs Lohoar on Safer Internet Day 2017

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This week was Safety Week at Prince Edward Primary School, and each year group participated in different activities tied to various aspects of safety. The Year 5s and 6s had four different workshops over two days, including one on e-safety with Mrs Lohoar, and on Tuesday, which was Safer Internet Day around the world,  there was a whole-school assembly about how to stay safe online.

In Mrs Lohoar’s e-safety workshops, we learned all about our responsibilities as digital citizens and how it is up to each of us to look after our own digital footprints. Did you know that your digital footprint lasts forever? We also came up with own own lists of rules on how to use the Internet wisely.

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We took home some information for all of our grown-ups so that they know how they can help us.

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E-Safety

Read all about what happened in Y3&4 with Mr Little on Safer Internet Day 2017

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This week as part of our Safety Week Mr Little and Mr Sieczkarek conducted an experiment with all classes in Year 3 and Year 4 to see just how safe we really were while using the internet.

For the experiment we were told that we would be playing an online game on the iPad. The game we played was Yahtzee. We had to roll five dice to try and get the highest score possible. After a while we noticed that this game had a chat feature and that we had received a message from someone called Max2009Smith. We chatted to Max and he seemed really nice, he told us his name, age, school and that he was off school because he was poorly. He asked for our personal information and we told him our full name, age, street name and school. Unfortunately, we weren’t really playing against Max Smith, we…

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Safer Internet Day 2017

Read all about what happened in Y2 Pearl class on Safer Internet Day 2017

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We have continued to learn about how to be safe today as it is Safer Internet Day.

In Pearl class, we read stories like Chicken Clicking and Penguin Pig to help reinforce the messages of how to stay safe online.

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From this, we used the laptops to think about the key messages that we learnt about from the stories. Here are some of our work.

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In school, we also use Hector the Protector to keep us safe.

Click here to watch the Hector’s World episodes. There are other activities that you can complete here as well.

Pearl class have made some rules that they are going to follow when they are online. Is there anything on their list that they have forgotten?

  • Always make sure that you ask an adult before you go online. 
  • Don’t talk to strangers, even they if they try and talk to you first.
  • Keep your…

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