Online Safety News

Online Safety in the News 02/02/18

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

What is the Sarahah app and why are parents worried about it?
Sarahah is the new anonymous app which allows you to send messages to users without them ever knowing who you are.
Story from: Manchester Evening News

Parents 'may be prosecuted for their children's sexting'
Parents could be prosecuted if their children engage in sending indecent images over mobile phones, a police force has said. Kent Police says parents could be liable if their name is on the contract for the phone.
Story from: Yahoo News

Read more: Online Safety in the News 02/02/18

Online Safety Update: Issue 18


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 18: December 2017' online now.

In this issue we look at the safety and security of connected toys and our 10 top tips for staying safe online this Christmas.

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.

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.

Find out more

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!