Internet Safety

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

Are your children addicted to Clash of Clans?

Have you heard ‘Clash of Clans’ mentioned a lot in your house? Have you seen your child playing it recently? What do you actually know about the game? ‘Tech Guide 4 Parents’ have produced a handy guide telling parents all that they need to know about the game. The App is great fun for kids, and has it’s fair share of benefits as gaming apps go. However, there are real dangers too. If your child is playing this app, they have the potential to enter into an online chat room with anyone in the world from 130 countries – this poses a real risk. In addition to this, there are in-app purchases of as much as £10 per go, which if not disabled by the parent, could soon land parents in a world of spiralling bills! Get clued up now, and make sure your child is safe.

Mr. David – Computing Co-Ordinator

How much time do children spend online?

How much time do your children spend online? Well, according to the figures produced by CEOP, a staggering amount! A whopping 73% of children in the UK have been on the internet by the age of two. Moreover, a further 23% of UK children begin their online lives in utero, with parents uploading their scans online before the child is even born. With our internet exploration starting from an increasingly earlier age, it’s never been more imperative for parents to get clued up and work with their children weekly to ensure their online safety. Have a browse through the parent zone for useful tips, advice and activities to do with your kids.

Josh David – Computing Co-Ordinator

Social Networking – Safety Controls

If your child uses YOUTUBE, Google, Club Penguin, Instagram, Moshi Monsters or Movie Star Planet, then you definitely need to read this article! Although these Apps, Games, video platforms and search engines may be great fun for your kids, they also pose a very real and dangerous threat to their safety too. All of the above sites come with a risk, whether it be an online chat room, webcam accessing or the viewing of inappropriate and potentially damaging material. Please do have a look at the ‘Safer Internet Centre’s’ guide to protect your children from these dangers. The guides are simple to follow and easy to use.

Josh David – Computing Co-Ordinator

Time for a technology detox!

Welcome back for what I’m sure will be a very enjoyable and internet safe school year. Whether you have spent your summer on a beach, somewhere in the UK, or at home, I can almost be certain of one thing, and that is the amount of time you’ve spent on an electronic device. The huffington Post published an article in September of last year, with some shocking facts about our internet use, as a nation. After reading this, I think you’ll agree that it is certainly time for a technology detox, and instead of staring at our screens, let’s make the most of the dwindling sunshine we have left this ‘summer’.