Get Safe Online Quick!

‘Get Safe Online’ have produced some really simple and easy checklists for parents when it comes to E-Safety. Once the dinners cooked, the kids are bathed and tucked up in bed, please do spend 5 minutes to have a read over this short checklist, and ensure that you have done everything necessary to protect your child online. You can’t always protect your children from everything, but when it comes to the internet, there is, thankfully, a great deal you can do!
Mr. David and Miss. Alexander
Children under 5
Children 6-9 years old
Children 10 – 12 years old

Fancy testing your childs E-Safety Knowledge?

Fancy testing your childs E-Safety Knowledge?
Does your child think they know it all when it comes to E-Safety? Fancy themselves as an E-Safety smarty-pants? Well, why don’t you call their bluff, and ask them to take this enjoyable, interactive and educational internet safety quiz aimed at KS2 pupils?
If your little one is aged 5-7, why not test their knowledge with this quiz?
Josh David and Kate Alexander

Great News – We are Internet Safe at St.Catherines!

E-Safety Whole School Audit:

This week, we welcomed ‘Education Child Protection Ltd.’ to St. Catherines. They were invited into our school to conduct a full Audit of the schools proficiency to provide both the children and the staff with an internet safe learning environment. As expected, you will be pleased to know that they were thrilled with everything that St. Catherines have put in place, to ensure your children’s safety online. Here are but just a few of the lovely things they had to say about our school’s internet safety practice;

“All staff take active responsibility for E-Safety”.

“E-Safety education programme takes place and is fully embedded in all aspects of the curriculum in all years and in other school activities”.

“Young people are themselves involved in E-Safety education, with peer mentoring between year groups taking place”.

“The school has carefully considered its approach to E-Safety and provides a consistent E-Safety message to all members of the school community, through a variety of media and activities that promote whole school input. This is particularly apparent when walking around the school with all classrooms and hallways displaying, tips, posters and messages”.

At St. Catherines we are always striving to progress in every area. As a result, we have an action plan in place to further improve our internet safety. We intend to set up a school E-Safety Committee made up of students, governors and parents, to help raise awareness to any E-Safety issues. In addition to this, we will ensure that our policies are adapting and being amended, as quickly as technology is evolving, to ensure that we stay up to date with rapidly progressive technologies.

Well done to all the children and staff at St.Catherines.

Josh David and Kate Alexander.

Instagram; Innocent or Dangerous?

Instagram; Innocent or Dangerous?
Instagram is rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of social networking. Owned by facebook, Instagram’s popularity is soaring by the second. Every minute of every day, more than 216,000 posts are made on instagram, many of these by children and young people. Did you know that legally, according to Instagram’s terms of use, you can’t set up an Instagram account unless you are 13 years of age? Despite this, many of our children do have accounts, and use instagram daily. Please have a read through ‘SociallyActive’s’ parental guide to Instagram, and ensure your children are safe.
http://sociallyactive.com/instagram-and-kids-a-parents-guide/
Josh David

Safer Internet Centre

Make internet safety a priority for your children with the help of the ‘Safer Internet Centre’. Simply click on the parents and carers section and access the multitude of resources on there designed to help you. But don’t forget, it’s not just you who needs to be E-Safe, so encourage your children to visit the website and access the great resources and games in the ‘Primary Zone’.
Josh David and Kate Alexander

Childnet – Advice and Support for Parents:

I am sure that all parents and carers are familiar with childline and the fantastic work that they do, supporting children and young people, but how many parents and carers know that childnet (an online support tool for children and young people – focused only on internet dangers) exists too? Thanks to childnet, both children and parents/carers have had somewhere to turn to when they feel unsafe online. This handy document is a useful guideline that I would recommend all parents use. Full of conversation starters, top tips, checklists for parents and SMART internet use rules; it has everything you need. Simply click the link below and be internet safe!
http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Supporting-young-people-online.pdf
Josh David and Kate Alexander

Excellent E-Safety Expert Talk

Excellent E-Safety Expert Talk

Thank you so much to all the parents who attended our talk this Thursday. We had the best ever turnout recorded for E-Safety at St. Catherine’s, with about 75 parents attending! This really highlights the fantastic partnership that we are forming between our school and our parents. If you wanted to follow up on some of the advice given, or didn’t get a chance to attend the talk, then don’t worry. All the details from the talk will be uploaded in the next couple of days to the school’s E-Safety page. Click on the link below to find these details.

http://st-catherines.barnet.sch.uk/category/e-safety/

Josh David and Kate Alexander

E-Safety – Youtube crazy!

E-Safety – Youtube crazy!
It seems that youtube is a favourite with our children, their generation and the entire world. Youtube is now the number one video sharing platform, and has over 75 hours of video uploaded to it every minute. This isn’t surprising, as it is an incredible resource, not only for providing kids with entertainment, but also for providing educational resources. However, there is a downside, and it’s a big one. If not properly monitored and protected, the children will be allowed to access any video they like, of which there are many with offensive and entirely inappropriate content for adults, let alone children. Therefore, make sure you access the link below, and check out how to make youtube safe for your children.
DON’T FORGET – Get yourself down to our internet safety talk, delivered by an industry expert, which is taking place on Thursday 29th January, from 9-10am in our school’s main hall.
Josh David and Kate Alexander

E-Safety – David Cameron is fighting for a safer internet.

David Cameron: Fighting for a Safer Internet
David Cameron spoke of his fears and concerns about the internet last week, as he launched an international campaign to raise awareness about E-Safety. He has stated that he is dedicated to establishing a ‘safer internet’ and will work together with policy makers and industry experts ‘to establish world-leading resources for parents which are effectively sign-posted’. Click on the link below to have a read of the Telegraph’s article in full.
Watch this space!
Josh David and Kate Alexander