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E - Safety Autumn Update Liscard primary school

What’s included in this Autumn E - Safety issue?

  1. Meet our new eCadets!
  2. Guest Blog: Tablets - An Essential Parental Control
  3. Digital Resilience - The Facts
  4. Are you an OVER-SHARENT?
  5. Positive Digital Footprints: Top Tips for Liscard Parents

Meet our new eCadets...

This week, our new eCadets have been voted in - above are our KS2 representatives.

Why did you put yourself forward to be elected as an eCadet?

“I love going on the computers and iPads and I know that we have to keep everyone safe online. I want to help the younger children learn our school E Safety rules.” Y4 eCadet

Do you think learning about E Safety in school is important?

“I think it is very important to learn about E Safety because sometimes people try to trick you when you are online. I know what to do - I would always tell my mum and my teacher.” Y3 eCadet

What is the most important piece of E Safety advice you’d like to share with the readers?

“If anyone sends you nasty messages or you see pictures on the internet that you don’t really want to see, you must tell an adult. Always remember that you must also only write and send nice messages because it can upset people and is Cyber Bullying.” Y5 eCadet

What do you hope our eCadet team will achieve this year?

“This year, I want our team to be able to teach everyone at Liscard about E Safety and share tips and help with our parents. I would also like to share advice about dealing with Cyber Bullying and make sure that everyone knows how to report it.” Y6 eCadet

Guest Blog: An Essential Parental Control for your Child’s Tablet

A feature I have recently discovered has been Guided Access on the iPhone/iPad. As a Mum of 3, I was struggling to keep an eye on all screens during our homework time in the evening. By using this feature, I can now temporarily restrict access to a single homework based app so I know my kids aren’t wandering off into their usual distractions! I know I am using iOS, however similar features are also available on Android.

I have particularly used Guided Access to lock in the Kindle app, where I can now track how long my son has been reading each night and also monitor his TT Rockstar time for revising his TimesTables. For my youngest daughter, I have enabled Guided Access on my phone for when she plays on the phonics games or watches films, without the fear that someone will be called or a rogue message sent!

To set up Guided Access, follow these steps...Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access.

From there, here’s what you can do:

  1. Turn Guided Access on or off.
  2. Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session.
  3. Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session.

Mrs. Bratherton

Digital Resilience - A Key Skill For Our Children

What is it?

Developed as children spend more time online, digital resilience is often tested within a child’s personality as they inevitably encounter negative experiences whilst on the web. Children who are equipped with the tools to recognise when they are at risk online and know how to respond, set perfect examples of digital resilience. Our aim at Liscard is to instil E - Safety knowledge in our children to enable them to be aware when surfing the web, but most importantly react and tell if they see/hear/read inappropriate actions online.

At Liscard, we teach critical thinking skills, where children are encouraged to discuss their opinions on making the right choices about how they are behaving, the things they are seeing and comments they hear online. Children are also taught about CEOP and discuss best solution scenarios to teach them how to react to inappropriate content they may come across online.

How can you help?

  1. Always ensure you are in the room when your child is online.
  2. Set guidelines for how much screen time they are allowed - many free apps are available to download for full parental control of any device.
  3. Regularly discuss E Safety and ensure they know to tell you if they are unhappy with anything they’ve seen or heard online.
  4. Ensure your child is not accessing apps which allow strangers to contact via messaging....Fortnite, RoadBlox and PokemonGo are very popular with Liscard children - all of which have private messaging functions!

Are you an over-sharent?

It’s illegal in France, but flourishing in the UK. Sharenting is the practice of sharing once-private parenting moments on social media - to a potentially global audience

Who are you sharing family pictures with?

When you decide to share a picture with your loved ones, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to include their loved ones and friends. Check your privacy settings are set to ‘friends only’ if you don’t want the world to see them; though remember, any images can be screen shot and passed on without your knowledge.

Does your child care?

It’s easy once they’re old enough to ask, but when children are little, it’s down to you to decide what images you share. How do you think they will feel when they’re old enough to have an opinion? In the end, only you can make that judgement call.

Vlog on?

If you decide to join the thousands of parents who are vlogging, blogging and generally throwing open the doors of family life, check you are keeping them safe. Are they traceable because you’ve left location-tagging turned on the images? Are they in school uniform, letting the world know where your children are five days a week?

We tell our children to think before they share. The same advice applies to parents.

Article Credit: Vicki Shotbolt, CEO Parent Zone

Top Tips for Liscard Parents: POSITIVE DIGITAL FOOTPRINTING

  • Think before you post.
  • Remember photos uploaded to social media accounts are no longer your property - Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc then legally own your images.
  • What your child shares, what is shared and what is said about them online creates their digital footprint, be careful who has access to this information by checking privacy settings.

Thank you for taking the time to read our latest E Safety update....if you would like more advice, don’t forget to visit the school website where we have a whole section dedicated to E Safety.

Follow the link below.

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