Online Safety – 20/03/24– TikTok

TikTok remains a popular app amongst young people and despite its age limit of 13+, many children still have a TikTok account. This is enabled by the fact that there are very few checks in place to ensure that users signing up are over the age of 13. While TikTok can be a source of […]

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Online Safety – Be Real

BeReal is a social media app that remains popular amongst young people. Every day at a different time, the app alerts users that it’s time to take a photo of what they are doing in the moment. The user then loads the photo and can decide whether they share it with friends or everyone. The […]

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Online Safety – 07/03/24 – Positive uses of technology

In this digital age, technology has become an integral part of children’s lives, offering both opportunities and challenges. It’s crucial to ensure that technology is used positively and responsibly. Encouraging open communication about online activities, setting clear guidelines for screen time, and promoting a healthy balance between technology and other activities are essential steps. Additionally, […]

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Online Safety – 28/02/24 – VPNs

As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our daily lives, it’s essential to understand tools like Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and their potential implications for your children’s online activities. VPNs, in simple terms, are secure networks that allow users to access the internet privately and anonymously by masking their IP addresses. While VPNs offer legitimate privacy […]

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Online Safety – 07/02/24 – Kick

Kick a live-streaming platform where creators can live-stream various content including gambling and gaming. The platform is free to use but creators can gain revenue through different methods. Kick is similar to Twitch in that it carries many risks for children and in fact carries many more risks than Twitch. The platform contains very little in […]

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Online Safety – 31/01/24 – Safer Internet Day 2024

Tuesday 6th February is Safer Internet day. The theme this year is:  “Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online.” On Safer Internet Day itself, all classes will learn more about the theme. To find out how you can support your child with this year’s theme, visit the Safer Internet Day UK website […]

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Online Safety Workshops and Virtual Parent Session

Thank you to parents and carers of year 4 and 6 who attended the workshops this week. The feedback has been extremely positive. We strongly encourage parents and carers of children in year 2, 3 and 5 to sign up to the upcoming sessions in school via the link in your Ping messages. As well […]

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Online Safety – 24/01/24 – Journal (iOS app)

Apple regularly updates its iOS software and many iPhones will have ‘automatic updates’ selected meaning, provided the phone has enough storage and charge, it will install the updated software automatically. With a recent update (iOS 17.2), an iOS app called ‘Journal’ was installed, with the goal of providing a space for users to reflect privately […]

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Online Safety – 17/01/24 – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th February is Safer Internet Day. The theme this year is ‘Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online’. This year at St Catherine’s we invite all parents and carers of children from years 2 to 6 to join their child for their online safety workshop in school. Please see your Ping messages for more information on dates and times and […]

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