Firstly, can we say a huge thank you to all of the KS1 parents who came and joined us for our e-safety afternoon!
Years One and Two have been thinking about staying safe all week and to do this have looked at two stories: Chicken Licken and the fantastic Chicken Clicking (by Jeanne Willis):
It is a fantastic story that shows us the dangers of the internet, if used unsupervised. We invited our parents to join us to discuss what we do and what we can do to keep children safe online. We all agreed that we all need to work together and generated a bank of ideas of things that we can do to keep our children safe.
Then we got onto the competitive part of the afternoon! We split parents, children and teachers into three groups and each had a third of the story to retell, using Makaton signs! We had story maps to help us, just like the ones we use in our Literacy lessons!
The children in nursery have been learning how to stay safe on line. We talked about why it is better to have a responsible adult with you when you go on the computer or the iPad.
We spoke about why we should always tell a grown up if anyone tries to speak to us on line that we do not know.
In our ICT lesson today we drew a picture on the computer. The picture was of who helps us at home on the computer.
Today the children in Reception learnt all about the different ways to stay safe when online.
The children watched a video about two children called Kim and Lee. Kim and Lee didn’t know how to stay safe online until Super SID saved the day!
Super SID informed Kim and Lee about how to stay safe when going online. He gave them four top tips!
1. People you don’t know are strangers. They are not always who they say they are.
2. Be nice to people like you would in the playground.
3. Keep your personal information private. Keep it to yourself.
4. If you ever get that funny feeling in your tummy, tell a grown up you trust.
We discussed what information was personal to ourselves and that this needs to be kept private.
Do you want to become a protector like SID, Kim and Lee?
Always remember these top tips as SID might revisit us later in the week!
Parents & Carers, please read the following email that we received from Seona Baker (Child Safeguarding Coordinator – Education and Early Years, Walsall) today:
As you may be aware many pupils have an app called Snapchat on their phones etc, and an image they take and send from their phone is only supposed to last for approx 5/10 seconds, however, as described below there is an issue with Snapchat that pupils need to be made aware of. Please could you address this issue with pupils?
SnapChat is possibly becoming more common with younger pupils due to theÂ number ofÂ older siblings introducing them toÂ the service.
SnapChat allows users to send each other photos and videos that automatically disappear after a few seconds.
It is estimated that more than half of SnapChat users are 16 or under.
Many of the pictures are actually coming from a site that is called SnapSaved which allows users to easily capture images from Snapchat rather than allow them to disappear asÂ intended. They offer this facility by saving the images on the SnapSaved servers.
SnapSaved is not associated to SnapChat and it is thatÂ third party site that has been hacked.
Just in case any of the young people in your schools report any problems or worries, I am sending you this email so that you will understand in case any staff don’t spot that they might be dealing with a child-protection issue and the nature of the problem. Images from SnapSavedÂ are being uploaded and made available viaÂ discussion boards.
From the press reportsÂ highlighted by CEOPÂ it seems:
- It is unlikely the images are linked to usernames so it would be hard to locate a photo of an individual.
- There is no additional personal information associated with images.
- Most of the images are not sexual.
Despite this, if any young people you work with raiseÂ any concern that images of them have been uploaded, it’s obviously really important that they are provided with support. Â Do your staff know what to say and do ifÂ a child in your schoolÂ loses control of what is, by definition,Â a sexual image?Â You cannot promise with any certainty that an image can be removed from the Internet, but it’s never too late to get help.
Young people can:
Talk to one of the counsellors at ChildLine on 0800 11 11 (www.childline.org.uk). ChildLine are working with The Internet Watch Foundation to report sites that host images and ask for those images to be removed.
If the young person is being threatened, facing harassment or being blackmailed because of a sexual image then please contact CEOP right away.Â www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre.
MostÂ popular websites will have a ‘report’ function that will allow young people to report the content themselves.
Staff supporting the teaching of e-Safety in school might find the ThinkUKnow fact sheet ‘Webcam with Confidence’ useful background reading. There is also an assemblyÂ on the issue on the ThinkUKnow website in the Teachers’ Resources section.
Free WiFi connections in public spaces – for example, shopping centres, train stations, restaurants and cafÃ©s – are now common-place. But until recently there was no way of knowing if these connections were filtered and safe for children to use. The Friendly WiFi scheme has now been established in the UK, checking that businesses offering public WiFi to their customers provide a service that filters out inappropriate material such as child abuse websites known to theÂ Internet Watch FoundationÂ and pornography.
The main aim of the Friendly WiFi scheme is to make sure that children are not exposed to inappropriate material online. The Friendly WiFi symbol clearly highlights which companies have safe, filtered public WiFi available. Scheme members can display the Friendly WiFi logo, providing children, young people and their parents with the option to choose and use a Friendly WiFi site, to ensure that the public WiFi that they are accessing is filtered and independently accredited.
To find out more about the scheme and to locate your nearest business offering Friendly WiFi please visit:Â www.getmedigital.com/friendly-wifi
These cartoons illustrate 5 eSafetyÂ SMART rulesÂ and include a real life SMART Crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions.
Childnet’s five SMART rulesÂ have been proven to be effective in helping younger children understand the importance of keeping safe online.