Online Safety News

Online Safety in the News 08/12/17

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

Schools can't tackle online safety alone
Parents can often feel overwhelmed by the digital world, accepting that their children possess better technical knowledge. But, if we want to keep our children safe online, they need to keep up-to-date with the latest technology'
Story from: TES

BBC launches Own It website to help under-12s navigate online risks
New site for nine to 12-year-olds is part of corporation’s £34m investment in children’s programming over three years.
Story from: The Guardian

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Online Safety in the News 24/11/17

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

Cyber security scheme launches in UK schools
Schoolchildren will be encouraged to take up cyber security as a career in a government scheme. The initiative called ‘Cyber Discovery’ aims to ‘find the next generation of cyber security talent. With some £20 million worth of investment, the program is aimed at young people in years 10 to 13.
Story from: PCR

William to meet tech giants as he steps up fight against cyber bullying
The Duke of Cambridge will meet senior representatives from leading communication, technology, social media and gaming companies as well as experts from charities on Thursday to discuss the progress made over the last 18 months.
Story from: Daily Mail

Read more: Online Safety in the News 24/11/17

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!