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Digital Leaders

dl badgeAcross the Prince Albert Community Trust, we are currently in the process of recruiting 2 Digital Leaders in each year group.

Their role will be to support children and staff in school with the use of digital technologies, both in using them effectively, and using them safely. Throughout the year, the Digital Leaders will also support with parent workshops and Online Safety Days.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st December 2017.

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PACT Online Safety Day - Tuesday 21st November 2017

Our first PACT Online Safety Day of the new academic year will be taking place on Tuesday 21st November 2017 across all of our schools.

The day will include:

  • EYFS looking at the story of Digi-Duck and how to be a good online friend.
  • Key Stage 1 will be looking at safe searching online and will be producing a range of media such as videos, comic strips and recipes with instructions on how to keep safe online by searching safely.
  • Key Stage 2 will also be looking at safe searching online, alongside topics such as reporting concerns, copyright and plagiarism, as well as the importance of citing/referencing sources of information, photographs, etc. They will be producing a range of media such as raps, songs and adverts. They will also use their knowledge and skills to safely and effectively research their current Learning for Life topics, for example, Year 5 will be looking at Ancient Egypt.

We will also be running events for parents at each of our schools throughout the week.  Following feedback from parents and teachers, these workshops will focus on:

  • Children playing age restricted games – what do the age ratings mean?
  • Child friendly search engines – how can I keep my child safe when searching?

During the workshops, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice on topics surrounding the age restriction of games, films and websites.  

Our Parent Workshop will be running as follows:-

  • Tuesday 21st November 2017 3:00-3:30pm

This is a fantastic opportunity to ask for advice, put your mind at ease or just enquire as to what you can do to keep your child safe online at home.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Online Safety in the News 10/11/17

Our roundup of the key Online Safety news stories from the past two weeks.

Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times
A fake version of the WhatsApp messenger app was downloaded more than a million times from the Google Play Store before it was removed.
Story from: BBC News

Prince William warns social media impacts young people's self-esteem
The Duke of Cambridge says children and young people are increasingly under pressure compared to past generations.
Story from: Sky News

Read more: Online Safety in the News 10/11/17

Online Safety Parent Workshop

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

I am writing to you to invite you to our next Online Safety Parent Workshop. Following concerns from parents and teachers, this half terms focus will be on:

  • Children playing age restricted games – what do the age ratings mean?
  • Child friendly search engines – how can I keep my child safe when searching?

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice on topics surrounding the age restriction of games, films and websites.

The Online Safety Parent Workshop will take place in the Infant Hall from 3:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday 21st November.

This is a fantastic opportunity to ask for advice, put your mind at ease or just enquire as to what you can do to keep your child safe online at home.

Yours sincerely,
Mr J. Tromans
Trust Leader of Computing
Prince Albert Community Trust

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