Safety Week 2017

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

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We had a very busy Safety Week this year. As you know already we had a visit from Don and his ambulance on Monday. He helped us think about how to keep ourselves safe and how the ambulance and paramedics can help if we do have an accident. You can read more in the post here. We also wrote our own blog post about the visit which you can see here.

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On Wednesday when we went to the Hall things looked a bit different. It didn’t look safe at all. What do you think would have happened if we’d have done PE without checking? It helped us think that we must always decide if something looks safe before we use it.

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We did a lot of thinking all week about online safety and keeping safe when we use the computers. Tuesday was Safer Internet Day in school. We read…

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Safer Internet Day

Read all about what happened in Nursery on Safer Internet Day 2017

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Today was Safer Internet Day, even though the children in nursery are only 3 and 4 we still had lots to think about for how to keep safe when playing on computers, phones and tablets.

We thought about what to do if we saw things we did not like. Lots of the children spoke about seeing things that were weird or scary that they couldn’t quite describe, especially when they went on youtube.

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We talked about if they would tell a grown-up and nearly everybody said they would at nursery but they wouldn’t at home because they worried their grown-up would take their tablet away. Lots of children spoke about clicking the ‘X’ lots of times to try and get rid of things.

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We talked about when we went online and who decides what we can go on.

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Safer Internet Day 2017- class by class

As always it was a busy day throughout school continuing the ongoing work we do with our children to help reinforce e-safety and being safe on the internet.

We start the Safer Internet message in Nursery (FS1) with our youngest children. You can read their blog post about Safer Internet Day here. Most surprising with our youngest children was that they wouldn’t tell a grown up at home if they had a problem with their computer or tablet because they thought it would get taken off them! Miss Hulme talked to them about how this wasn’t a good idea and how they should make sure to tell a grown up. Please reinforce this message with your children, however old they are.

The children in Reception (FS2) talked about being safe online all week. You can see what they learnt in a couple of posts. The first is about Safety Week and the second is more about writing their own blog post. You can see that we even had a visit from the Year 3 and Year 4 children who went to show them some special videos they’d been making to help keep us safe.

In Key Stage One the children learnt about staying safe on the computers using stories to help them understand the key messages. You can see what happened in Year 2 Pearl class by clicking here. You can see what happened in Year 2 Ruby class by clicking here and scrolling down the post to find the Safer Internet Day information.

In Lower Key Stage Two the children moved around the different teachers over a number of days. With Mr Little the Year 3 and Year 4 children learnt an important lesson about putting your personal information on computers. You can find out more on Mr Little’s blog here. Mr Sieczkarek also reposted it on his Headteacher blog here as he felt it was so important. It also appears on Amber class’s blog here. It turns out that although our children know the rules and what they should and shouldn’t be doing actually putting that into practice is more difficult. With Miss Croxall the children made videos to come and show the Foundation Stage children highlighting the main messages of online Safety.

In Upper Key Stage Two the children completed different activities too. Year 5 Emerald class tell you all about the assembly that Miss Varley held on Safer Internet Day. You can see it by clicking here . You can read on the Y5 Amethyst blog about the workshops that Year 5 and Year 6 completed during the week by clicking here and on the Year 6 blog here.

We had a fantastic Safety Week and Safer Internet Day 2017. We’ll keep remembering the messages and our teachers will keep reinforcing the messages we’ve learnt all year.

Online Safety from NSPCC and O2

The NSPCC and O2 have joined forces to help keep kids safe online.

While we all know the internet is a wonderful resource and we can all benefit greatly from it we also need to be aware of the dangers and talk to children to support and protect them.

You can find out more information about your children are actually doing online and find out the pros and cons of each activity and social network.

Click on the link to find out more

Also as part of the information you can visit Net Aware and stay up to date with social networks and other activities. These are just some of the apps children are using- do you know what they are all called and what children do on them? By clicking on the Net Aware link here you can find out about all of them and many, many more.

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As always, please talk to your children about what they are doing online and if you have any concerns refer them to your child’s class teacher or other member of school staff who will be able to help.

The NSPCC website also has a phone number you can call for advice and help. The section on the website says:

O2 & NSPCC online safety helpline 

Some issues are easier to talk through. So we’ve set up a free helpline to help you keep children safe online.

You can get advice from our experts on anything you’re not sure about, including:

    • setting up parental controls on your computer or other devices
    • help adjusting privacy settings
    • understanding social networks
    • concerns about online gaming”

The phone number is 0808 8005002 

(Taken from nspcc.co.uk)

 

 

 

Parental Restrictions on Xbox 360

We had a parent ask us about keeping their child safe on their Xbox after they innocently purchased a game without parent permission.

There are lots of things you can do to limit the things your child can do on their Xbox 360. (This is information about the Xbox 360. The settings are different for an Xbox One if you have this device)

You can set up Parental Controls on your Xbox 360 to customise the access you give your children to games, films and television content. Console controls are located in Family Settings or Family Centre area on your console dependent on your setup.

Click here to see the Parental Controls information from Xbox on how to set your console up to protect your child. 

You can also use the Privacy Settings to support your child and change the online safety and privacy settings for yourself and your child. You can set up different settings for yourself to your child linked to your gamertag. Children and  teens are restricted from making changes to their own  privacy and online safety settings. You do this by using the My Account. There are default settings for children dependent on the birthdate you give when creating the account. For example if you set up a child account they will not be able to accept friend requests, purchase, communicate by video, browse the web. The teen account allows a few more things more appropriate for older children but still do not give them full access.

Click here to find out how to change your child’s privacy and online safety settings.

It may take some time to set these up, especially if you’re setting them up for lots of different people in your house, but the time taken now will have massive benefits for your children in the long run and ensure they are safe and protected online.

Restrictions on an iPad or iPhone

Do you worry about what your child can access on their Apple devices such as iPads, iPod Touch and  iPhones? Did you know you can limit what they are able to see and do on these devices?

Turning Restrictions (or Parental Controls) on means you can limit the content your children can see, including explicit content, and you can prevent them from downloading new apps and purchasing in-app purchases by adding a Passcode which you do not share with your children.

Click here to read the Apple information about how to use Restrictions

 

Safer Internet Day 2016 year group by year group

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All the children in school took part in special lessons on Safer Internet Day. We celebrated on Tuesday 2nd February because we were on half term the week after.

In Nursery the children talked to Miss Hulme about staying safe on the computers and other devices they have.

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The children in Reception read Penguin Pig by Stuart Spendlow in Literacy and talked about how the Penguin Pig tricked the little girl in going to the zoo. They thought of other creatures they might find online. Its amazing what you can find online if you look- look at the pictures they found of a duck-horse! Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 14.49.44.png

The children read other stories during the day and then watched a Hector’s World video and discussed what they saw before hometime. You can watch the video from CEOP by clicking here.

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In Year One the children read some different ESafety stories all about Webster. (Webster’s Bedtime, Webster’s Email, Webster’s Manners and Webster’s Friend all by Hannah Whaley) They then had to think about what they’d learnt to complete their independent learning challenges.

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In Year Two the children also thought about Penguin Pig by Stuart Spendlow. They talked about the underlying messages and wrote about them in their books. As the week went on their began to create their own creatures which they had to write about.

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In Year Three the children spent their afternoon discussing ESafety and what it means to them. They thought about the ways they can keep themselves safe and avoid potential dangers.

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In Year 4 they created a poster to record their ideas about staying safe online.

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In Year Five the children made videos of their discussions.

Tiana: Our question was if you take a picture of yourself for a profile picture and people make mean comments.
Demi: What you do, tell an adult. Do not delete the message so then you have proof.

Reagan: Talk to an adult.
Coben: Delete the message.
Carina: Report or delete the message.

In Year 6 the children made their own stories and after the Half term break are hopefully going to come and read them to the younger children in school. Everyone is looking forward to seeing them.

We weren’t finished there either…..

Our children in Nurture group thought about what they liked and disliked about the internet with Mrs Glenday and Mrs Mills.

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Mrs Ainsley held a whole school Assembly about Safer Internet Day.

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Finally there was also an ESafety presence in our school library which will stay for a while allowing everyone to read them.

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What a great day! Thanks to all the classes and teachers for all their hard work.

Don’t forget to ask your child’s teacher if you have any questions. There are also some ESafety Concern forms at the office if you wish to complete one and Miss Parker and the ESafety team will get back to you.

 

 

Safer Internet Day 2016 for Parents and Carers

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We started Safer Internet Day with a Parent and Carer session at Breakfast Club. Miss Parker talked to our families about staying safe on the internet and shared the Acceptable Use Policies the children have been signing in school.

A common topic of conversation was whether or not families had Parental Controls on their Internet provider settings. Most knew about them but not everybody did. Another common theme was that most children did not go on computers but they access the internet at home through tablets and phones.

There were questions out and about around the room for Parents and Carers to consider. This sparked a few more conversations.

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“I’ve got Parental Controls set up already, they can spend a fortune if not.” Y3 parent/carer

“I’m going to go home and sort out my SKY.” Y1 parent/carer

“He did that once, spent money. Its all on now (Parental Controls).” Y2 parent/carer

“She’s not got a phone. She wants one but she’s got a tablet.” Y3 parent/carer

“I’ve taken a picture of the blog and will look later.” YR parent/carer

“She doesn’t go on the computer much but she’s always on her tablet.” Y3 parent/carer

We also shared this blog at the session to broaden awareness of ESafety and its ongoing presence in our school year.

Parents and Carers also received a Newsletter at hometime with some key ESafety messages. This also gave information about the blog and how it could help families find out information about keeping safe online.

February 2nd was the record day for hits on the blog with 48% of all views coming after school that day!

 

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