Online Safety News

Online Safety in the News 01/07/16

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

'The thing that has really undermined teachers is not Ofsted inspectors or political instability – it’s technology'
Far from being digital natives, kids are actually flailing around online, looking for guidance.
Story from: TES

Facebook leads the way against cyberbullying, but others need to follow
Surrounded by the heads of Google, Facebook and Twitter, the Duke of Cambridge didn’t choose to advocate for entrepreneurship or celebrate Britain’s role in the digital revolution – instead he picked a surprisingly buzzword-free topic usually avoided at self-congratulatory events like these: cyberbullying.
Story from: The Telegraph

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PACT Online Safety Day - Tuesday 28th June 2016

As you may be aware, Tuesday 28th June is a PACT Online Safety Day.

This time, we will be running a competition open to all children across the trust. As you know, we currently have Hector the dolphin which is a child-activated safety button. Hector the Dolphin has been keeping children safe online for many many years but sadly it is time for him to retire and for someone new to take his place.

We thought it would be great if the children could design their own character to be a child-led safety button, along with a name and some additional information, such as likes/dislikes.

The winner from each school will then have their design turned into a real computer program which will run on all of the computers in school for the next 12 months. If successful, we will then look to run this competition again next year.

The closing date for entries will be Monday 4th July.

Please find below two posters which explain the competition to children.

Classes will all be asked to look at their entries and nominate three to be put forward as their final 'class entries'.

The winners will then be chosen by our Online Safety Little Leaders and announced in due course.

We look forward to seeing some amazing designs for our new PACT Safety Button.

Many thanks,

The Online Safety Team

Competition Poster New Hector Comp Poster

Online Safety Update: Issue 10

Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 10: May 2016' online now.

In this issue we celebrate Prince Albert Primary School successfully being awarded the e-Safety Mark award, take a look at a popular new app called ooVoo and we also look at alternatives to main stream search engines such as Google and Bing...Finally, why not learn about online safety together by finding out more about reverse image searching.  We hope you enjoy this issue.

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.