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E-safety Mark Achievement

E-safety Mark Achievement

An Assessor from the South West Grid for Learning recently visited Unsworth to review the school’s e-safety provision. The Assessor met school staff, parents and carers, Governors and pupils  and was pleased to find that the school provides a high level of protection for users of the new technologies. The South West Grid for Learning Trust provides the internet connection and a range of other services to schools across the SW region and is in the forefront of national developments in e-safety.  To enhance these services, they have developed a tool to help schools address e-safety issues, not least the changes to Ofsted inspections, which include a stronger focus on safeguarding. The online tool allows schools to evaluate their e-safety policy and practice and then suggests how the school might do more to protect young people and staff. To apply for the 360 degree safe E-Safety Mark, schools have to reach a series of benchmark levels when they complete the online self review. The evidence is then verified by a visit from experienced Assessors. The prime benefit of using the review and applying for the E-Safety Mark is that it does not focus on the individual aspects of e-safety such as technological solutions, but instead it integrates e-safety into school policy and the curriculum, challenging teachers and managers in the school to think about their provision and its continual evolution. Schools are expected to show that they have provided a high standard of e-safety education and awareness for all staff, pupils and also for parents and carers, to ensure that these users of the new technologies can be safe online – whether they are in school, in their homes or out and about using mobile phones or other handheld devices. Following their visit the Assessor reported that the main areas of strength were:  strong leadership and commitment shown by the e-safety officer planned programme of e-safety training for staff and pupils a consistent whole school approach to, and awareness of, e-safety parental engagement through the school’s website the logging, monitoring and dealing with reported incidents Ron Richards, Lead Assessor for the 360 degree safe E-Safety Mark congratulated the school on its success and commented that it was re-assuring to know that the school had put a lot of thought and effort into improving the on-line  safety of the staff and young people, by addressing these important safeguarding issues. It's only fair to...

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A Parent Guide to WhatsApp

A Parent Guide to WhatsApp

Below is a WhatsApp guide developed by CEOP and shared through Parent Info. It gives an overview of key aspects for parents to consider. One major concern with WhatsApp is that the recommended age is 13, but many children as young as 6 or 7 are using the service. The maturity of users is a real concern when using the App because once videos, images and voice messages are shared, the users receiving them can then do what they want with them. This has implications for the future and most children do not have the maturity levels to fully understand what this means for them as they grow into young adults. The information below gives a really good outline about what should be considered.   What is WhatsApp? WhatsApp is a mobile messaging app which allows users to exchange messages using existing phone contacts without having to pay text message fees. WhatsApp Messenger is available on most mobile devices including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. WhatsApp users can create groups and send each other unlimited images, video and audio messages. How much does it cost? For all phone types, WhatsApp is free to download. WhatsApp used to charge a 69p per year subscription fee, but this has since been removed. (Jan 2016).  WhatsApp uses an Internet connection using 4G or Wi-Fi to send and receive messages to your contacts. As long as the user hasn’t exceeded the data limit or is connected to a free Wi-Fi network, messaging over WhatsApp should not cost extra. Does WhatsApp have any age restrictions? As part of its Terms of Service, WhatsApp’s minimum age of use is 13 years old.  By using WhatsApp, a user agrees to provide certain personal information such as their mobile phone number, billing and mobile device information. If WhatsApp learns that identifiable information of a child under 16 has been collected on the WhatsApp  Site or WhatsApp Service, then WhatsApp may deactivate the account. Should I be concerned about WhatsApp as a parent/carer? WhatsApp is a great way for young people to socialise with their friends. Children can only talk to existing contacts on their phone, although this may feel safer, it’s still important to remember that some content shared may not be appropriate for children, or they have contacts (strangers) in their phone who they have never met face to face. Likewise, as with all social media, caution is advised over your child’s digital footprint, particularly the content (photos, videos and messages) they choose to share via WhatsApp. Once shared, it can be copied, re shared and posted anywhere online. Group chats on WhatsApp WhatsApp also contains a group chat function. The feature lets users chat with up to 100 people in one conversation stream. Each group is set up by one contact who becomes the group admin – they’re the only user who can add or remove participants and change/add new group admins. Group conversations usually take place between friends. But sometimes, users can be added to a group where they don’t know everyone else. Even if fellow users in the group aren’t contacts, they will still be able to see messages your child posts in the group, and your child will be able to see theirs. Likewise, if they’re added to a group with someone they’ve blocked,...

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E-Warrior Emoji Challenge

E-Warrior Emoji Challenge

Over the last two weeks our E-Warrior team have been preparing in their classes for the emoji challenge ready for Safer Internet Day 2017. The E-Warriors were challenged to ask their class to prepare emoji messages for emoji charades to share with the rest of the school in assembly. They were given their brief and then they had to introduce it to their class teacher and decide what to do. Find out in their comments below what they did within their class and check out our Twitter feed to see some of their work! It's only fair to...

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The Unsworth eWarriors are coming!

The Unsworth eWarriors are coming!

In September our Unsworth eWarrior Digital  Leader and E-Safety group will launch. This new group will be made up of 3 children from each class from Y2 upwards and will aim to empower our children to help develop and shape our digital curriculum. Children who are interested will have the chance to apply for the year long posts, if they feel they have the skills and would like to commit to the responsibilities that the eWarriors will have. The eWarriors have their own webpage on our website that they will be taught to update and develop as the year progresses, which can be found if you click here. Also, they have their own blog, which they will take turns to create together and this will update the school community on their work and comments. We can’t wait for our first eWarrior team to start work, so let the adventure begin! It's only fair to...

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Making the Internet a Safer Place!

Making the Internet a Safer Place!

Each evening this week the children will be bringing home some resources from the UK Safer Internet Centre. You can click here to access a range of other materials from them. In school we will be raising further awareness about using the Internet safely as an extension of the work we already do through our curriculum. It's only fair to...

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How tech savvy are young children?

How tech savvy are young children?

Recently the UK Council for Internet Child Safety conducted some research into the use of tablets and computers by 0-4 years. They have produced a short report about their findings, which provides some interesting statistics about how the technology is being used and the report highlights how  tech savvy very young children are becoming. Click here to read or download the report. It's only fair to...

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