E-safety top tip – Thinkuknow

Looking for advice about online safety?

Take a look at Thinkuknow!

Thinkuknow is the national online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. Thinkuknow offers learning activities, advice and support for children and young people aged 4-18 and their families.

The Jessie & Friends animations for 4 to 7s will help you start a conversation about online safety and for 8-10’s, there’s the Play Like Share animations  and the Band Runner game and advice website .

This is a website we often use in school but there are also videos, articles and resources on there to support parents too.

If you need more support or guidance with online safety please contact a staff member or send us an email newdale.primary@taw.org.uk

E-Safety Top Tip – keeping your child safer online

3 steps you can take to help keep your child safer online

Parental controls: Parental controls have been designed to help you manage your child’s online activities. There are various types, some of which are free but others which can be bought. However, nothing is totally fool proof so this shouldn’t replace the  support and guidance you  give your child to help keep them safer.  For more information and step by step instructions on setting up parental controls, visit Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides – Internet Matters.

Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as the living room or kitchen, where an adult is able to supervise. Primary-age children should not access the internet in private spaces alone, such as in a bedroom or bathroom.

Explore together and chat little and often: Ask your child to show you their favourite apps, games and sites and encourage them to teach you how to use these. Ask them if anything ever worries them online. Make sure they know they won’t be in trouble and can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried, sad or scared.

If you need more support or guidance with online safety please contact a staff member or send us an email newdale.primary@taw.org.uk

E-Safety Top Tip – watching videos

Children love to watch videos and YouTube is always a firm favourite! But sometimes children can be exposed to videos that are not meant for them. YouTube Kids is a safer way for children to explore their interests. You can find more information about this on YouTube: what parents need to know .

Remember, primary-age children should be supervised at all times when online.

If you need more support or guidance with online safety please contact a staff member or send us an email newdale.primary@taw.org.uk

E-Safety Top Tip – Sharing pictures

Using devices like phones and tablets to share pictures and videos can be a great way for children to have fun and stay in touch with friends and family.   It’s really important your child knows what’s ok to share online and what they should check with you first.

What are the risks?

● Once an image has been shared, you can never be sure who has seen it, saved it or shared it.

● Personal or embarrassing pictures in the wrong hands can lead to bullying.

● Knowing that others have seen embarrassing images can cause stress and anxiety, and affect a child’s confidence and self-esteem.

● Unwanted pictures online could affect educational and job opportunities later in life.

● Sharing images, particularly sexualised images, can increase the likelihood of a child receiving inappropriate sexual contact from strangers online.

To reduce these risks it is important for you to talk to your child.  Ensure that they know the rules around sharing pictures.

You can find a useful guide for parents about sharing pictures here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEMH5BIrrW4&t=9s

If you need more support or guidance with online safety please contact a staff member or send us an email newdale.primary@taw.org.uk

Circus tricks!

Miss Newport’s class had lots of fun practising some circus skills today.  Our visitor from the circus showed us how to use scarves, beanbags and even peacock feathers to do some circus tricks.  We learnt that it must take a lot of practise to be a member of the circus!

E-Safety Top Tip – Monkey app

Have you heard of the app Monkey? Does your child use this app?

We would like to make you aware of this app because we highly recommend that children at Newdale do not use it.

The age rating for Monkey is children aged 13years+.  It contains some inappropriate material and there are concerns over the ability to chat to strangers via chat and video calls.  The NSPCC website have rated this app as ‘very poor’ for safety.

Remember it is very important to have regular conversations with your child to find out what apps and websites they are using.  You can also help your child to think about what information they share online and who can see it.

If you need more support or guidance with online safety please contact a staff member or send us an email newdale.primary@taw.org.uk

Finding a baby bird

Whist getting ready for school this morning, Alejandro went out to feed the birds. He found a baby bird hopping around the garden so picked it up before a cat could get it. He gave it some water and put up on a ledge, in the shade, so that it’s parents can come and get it. Holding the little bird has made Alejandro’s morning, I’m sure he’ll be telling you about it at school later 😄