Viral Videos: The good, the bad and the bazaar

Viral Videos: The good, the bad and the bazaar.

There has been a recent trend among young people, including Primary aged children, to share, create and watch videos that have gone viral (been shared rapidly online). With these viral videos being viewed, in some cases, over 100 million times, the likelihood is that your child has seen or heard of at least one of these videos. Whilst some of the videos are harmless, and focused around sharing a joke or a funny impression etc, or even encouraging raising money for charity (such as the recent ‘ice bucket challenge’) some of the videos are definitely not harmless. Particularly as children get older, the content of these viral videos can change to move away from jokes towards more ‘shocking’ content. The recent phenomena of ‘Neknomination’ which has been heavily publicised in the news recently, has seen lots of young people sharing viral videos for the wrong reasons. It is incredibly important to talk to young children about what’s appropriate and safe to share and what isn’t from a young age, so that when they encounter these viral videos, which they inevitably will, they will know how to react. For more information, have a read of the below article.

Josh David – Computing Co-ordinator.


Talking Angela – Talking sense or nonsense?

It has been brought to my attention that many parents and children are concerned about a series of Apps where children interact with an online sprite (computer graphic). One of these Apps is ‘Talking Angela’. Sound familiar? There has been a lot of hype in the media recently about these Apps, which appear at face value child friendly, but are not always what they seem. Whilst not as sinister as some would have you believe, like all technologies, it does pose it’s risks. The App itself requires children to interact with and look after their sprite which is seemingly harmless – although not all things in the App are child appropriate at all. With all technologies, the best way to decide if you want your children playing the app is to play it yourself! Download it and have a go, if you’re not satisfied, you know what to do! Have a read of the below article and make sure your children are internet safe!

Josh David – Computing co-ordinator

Selfies: The good, the bad and the downright irritating

If you were to ask any child in KS2 what a selfie is, they would know. They seem to be everywhere. While at face value they may be amusing and an act of harmless fun, do they pose a threat which is more sinister? ‘Parentinfo’ are here to help and have written this really helpful article analysing the seemingly immortal ‘selfie’. Click on the link below to find out more.

Josh David

Safer Internet Day 2016

Happy Safer Internet Day 2016 St Catherine’s!

After another brilliant academic year of internet safety so far, St Catherine’s, among thousands of other schools around the world, welcomed Safer Internet Day 2016 (Tuesday 9th this week). Children from Nursery to Year 6 participated in: discussions, videos, carousel activities, assemblies, and E-Safety lessons throughout the day. The learning was fantastic and the children’s knowledge really shows! Thank you to all children and staff at St Catherine’s for making the day so brilliant. Stay SMART online and remember… #shareaheart #matesmatter

Josh David

Year 2 – Computing

Today is Safer Internet Day!

We have all been taking part in a range of activites that have made us think just how important it is to be safe online. We watched a video about Lee and Kim’s adventure. From this we then spoke some more about how we can be safe online. We brainstormed some examples and how we can follow this at home and in school. We role-played some examples in small groups before creating our own poster on keeping safe on the internet. We know that we just have to remember to be ‘S-M-A-R-T’ on the internet!

‘Prevent Against Hate’

This month, the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has launched a ‘Prevent Against Hate’ website, as part of a drive from schools and everyone involved in education to prevent this issue growing. When we think of internet safety, as parents, we often think of strangers online, grooming and inappropriate  content. Sadly, there is also a new threat online, which is now a very real one; of children being exposed to radical and extremist content, which can have such a detrimental impact on them. This new government website is an extremely useful insight into the issue, and gives parents, teachers and senior education leaders plenty of useful resources to help them prevent against this. Please click on the links below and find out more.

Josh David – Computing Co-Ordinator

Safer Internet Day – 9th February

Did you know that on the 9th of February, schools and organisations across the world will be celebrating Safer Internet Day? At St Catherine’s, we too will be celebrating the day, putting on a variety of activities for the children, such as assemblies and class based internet safety activities, right from Nursery to Year 6. With 1 in 5 Primary School aged children talking/playing games regularly online with strangers, internet safety has never been more of a priority! Please click on the website below, and have a look at some of the exciting things that will be taking place globally on this day…

#shareaheart – Join the campaign!

Internet Safety – It’s Christmaaaaas!

Despite many parents showing an interest in their children’s online safety, a shocking 57% of parents in the UK don’t use any parental control settings on devices in their homes. With Christmas fast approaching, you can guarantee that in the majority of homes in the UK, Santa will be delivering a variety of internet capable electric devices to children of all ages. Therefore, it is imperative parents have the help they need to make these devices safe for their children to use. Please do click on the links below and make sure your devices are safe for your children to use this Christmas. Please also check that you have enabled parental controls with your internet provider – as this adds an important extra layer of online safety.

Apple support – set parental controls on any apple device

Kidsmart support – set parental controls on games consoles and apple products.

Amazon support – set up parental controls on kindle’s

Josh David – Computing Co-Ordinator.

Instagram – Do your children use it?

Due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, children must be 13 to have their own Instagram account. However, many children across the country are creating their own accounts at a far younger age. Not fully understanding about private and public accounts could put your child at a real risk, on what seems like a harmless form of social media. Have a read of this very informative parents guide to Instagram – and remember – children must be 13 to have an account. It’s the law!

Mr.David – Computing Co-ordinator.

Social Networking: Social or anti-social?

I’m sure the vast majority of Year 6 teachers, and indeed many other year groups within primary education will agree, that often the first thing children say when entering their classroom in the morning is; “did you get my WhatsApp last night?” This app as well as many others seem to be a focal point of our children’s social interactions. They love using them! Surely with such a vast number of children’s social lives being dominated by Apps such as WhatsApp and many others, we, as parents and carers, need to be a little bit more clued up about exactly what children can do on these Apps. Have a read of the NSPCC’s App reviews, and you can do precisely that!

Josh David – Computing Co-Ordinator