SAFER INTERNET WEEK - FEBRUARY 2017
Once again the whole school had the opportunity to find out more about keeping safe online during our Safer Internet Week. Each class took part in special activities, including Year 4 who had their photos taken in their photo booth. Using props they have created they took some funny photos which are safe to share online. Looks like great fun!
FREE E-SAFETY COURSE FOR PARENTS - FEBRUARY 2017
We are pleased to let you know that we have arranged for a FREE course for parents/carers via the website, ParentZone.org which you can take online. Details of how to register for the course have been sent home with your child. If you did not receive a copy, please contact the school office.
'WHAT IS ...?' - THE LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS - JANUARY 2017
As a parent or carer, you might find your children are onto the next new social media site every week. New trends and sites are emerging all the time - most recently the Music.ly and Live.ly sites. The UK Safer Internet Centre has pulled together some of the most popular, newer networks that young people are using, and given you a breakdown of what they do and why young people like them. You can find details below.
Please be aware that primary school children are under the age limit for all of these sites.
Children may be exposed to inappropriate comments/images/videos on social networking sites that are aimed at teenagers and adults. They may be at risk if privacy settings are not set correctly - especially if personal information and location are disclosed - and photos that are shared online should be chosen carefully. Meeting and chatting with strangers online poses risks to young people who might be vulnerable to grooming and online (and offline) forms of sexual abuse. It is vital therefore that your child knows how to keep themselves safe online.
Further guidance on all the sites mentioned below can be accessed by clicking here.
||What is it?
||Why do young people like it?
Musical.ly is a social networking site that lets you share your own versions of music videos, by filming yourself and/or your friends miming along to the lyrics of a song. You can view other people’s videos, and remix them. You can opt to make your videos public, or available to selected users only. Live.ly, made by the same developer as Musical.ly, is live video-streaming that allows users to broadcast live video to online friends.
It’s a more interactive version of karaoke, and some users put a lot of effort into making their videos look professional or funny. It’s a fun thing to share with friends, and is particularly funny if the song you are miming along to is completely different to the music you normally like.
Snapchat is an app that let’s you share photos and videos with friends. The images only last for a few seconds, then they automatically delete. You can also create a Snapchat Story that is a collection of several photos and videos shown together, that will stay ‘live’ for 24 hours, and then delete. You can share your Story with friends, or make it public.
UPDATE JUNE 2017: There is a new location sharing feature called Snap Map. Young people can share their whereabouts with all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’ where they can see where others are without sharing their own location. This can be unsettling as you’re not always aware of who is tracking your whereabouts.
You can add text, drawings, and emojis to the images you share. You can also use funny filters that can make you look like a cat, a cartoon, a policeman etc. You can also use the ‘Face Swap’ feature to swap features with another person in the photo. This has been extremely popular recently, with lots of these images being shared across other social networking sites.
Instagram is a photo and video sharing network. Instead of ‘friends’, you have ‘followers’. Your Instagram feed is made up of the photos and videos posted by the people you follow. You can also tag people in photos, and mention people in comments using the @ symbol and their username. You can also ‘check’in’ and share the location of where your photo/video was taken.
|You can add different filters, and make your photos look very cool and professional. There are certain trends on Instagram, such as #tbt (Throwback Thursday – post on older photo) and #wcw (Woman Crush Wednesday – girls/women post a photo of a woman they admire). You can link your Instagram to other networks, such as Facebook, so your posts appear on both accounts.
Periscope is Twitter’s new, live streaming app that allows users to live-broadcast from anywhere in the world. Users can also watch other people’s live stream if their feed is public. You can also choose to make the video available to certain users only.
|You can see on a world map where people are live streaming from - this might be from somewhere exotic and exciting, like South America, or down the road in the same town as you. Viewers can also send ‘hearts’ by tapping the screen as a way to show you like the video. You can also send messages using the chat feature too.
For more app reviews from both parents and children, visit commonsensemedia.org for a balanced view.
(UK Safer Internet Centre, 2016)
Always remember: respect others online, think before you post, and only accept friends and followers from people you know and trust.
DIGIDOG AND DIGIPUP - SEPTEMBER 2016
DigiDog and DigiPup have joined Year 2 to help them with their e-safety learning! In class they will talking about the things we should teach DigiPup before we let him go online, and every weekend one of the children from the class will be able to take DigiPup home. We would like the children to talk with their family about how they can have fun online and what's okay and what's not okay to do on the internet. They can also write a DigiPup diary or story to tell us what happened when they took him home and how they made sure he stayed happy and safe.
NEW PUPIL E-SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE ANNOUNCED - SEPTEMBER 2016
Sajeel in Y6 did a super job last year as Pupil Representative for E-Safety. Pupils were able to ask for his support if they were worried about something online and he encouraged them to come and talk to an adult. We are pleased to say that Henley in Y6 is the new representative for this year. The Pupil Representative does not offer e-safety advice to the children but gives support and encouragement to report concerns to a trusted adult. We would like to thank Sajeel for all his work last year.
E-SAFETY DAY - MAY 2016
E-Safety expert, Dan Hawbrook from the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children's Board, had a very busy day at Belmont when he discussed internet safety in every class followed by a session for parents. Dan was keen to highlight all the good things about the internet but stressed the importance of keeping safe - especially the need to maintain privacy and to know what to do if something appears that is worrying or upsetting. In the fun and very lively sessions he demonstrated how to make a secure password and discussed the sort of information that can be put online. With the children in Years 5 and 6, he also spoke about sites such as Facebook and Instagram and the need to only play computer and online games that are age appropriate.
Many thanks to the parents who were able to attend, we hope you found the information useful. We also look forward to Dan returning next year!
We are pleased to let you know that all children in the school will be taking part in workshops throughout the day on Thursday 19 May to promote e-safety. These will be led by Dan Hawbrook from the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children's Board.
Parents are invited to an E-safety session with Dan after school, in the school hall, which should last approximately 30 minutes. He will be speaking about promoting the children's respectful and safe use of technology; the use of social media and other current issues. Dan will also answer any questions that may come up during the session.
Children of parents wishing to attend will be looked after in a nearby classroom by members of staff.
We hope you will be able to join us.
SAFER INTERNET WEEK - SURVEY RESULTS FEBRUARY 2016
We use technology all the time at school whether that be via the Smartboards, laptops or iPads. We ensure children know how to use these devices safely and limit the content they are allowed to access. As part of their e-safety work, pupils in Years 5 and 6 have undertaken a survey to find out more about the experiences children have had online outside of school, the results of which we would like to share with you:
- Children as young as Year 1 said they have received messages/comments via text, games or apps which have upset them or are inappropriate. This was reported by every year group.
- Children are using or have access to games and sites that are age inappropriate for them: Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto for example. The age rating for these games is 18 years. YouTube is seen as a TV channel, when, as you know, some of the content is for adults only.
- X-Box Live and games such as Minecraft cause upsets when children have been unkind to each other online and the problems are then brought into school.
- Many children are registered with Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat – all of which have an age limit of 13 years.
- Children said they have received inappropriate comments on social media sites which they have found upsetting.This includes sites such as MovieStarPlanet which is primarily aimed at children.
At Belmont, children are taught the SMART Rules for keeping safe online. The importance of not revealing personal information, taking care with photos and understanding the need for privacy settings are stressed. Children are encouraged to report worries or concerns to a trusted adult, keep copies of any evidence and report to the authorities where appropriate. We are proud that children have confidence in the staff at Belmont; trusting us to take appropriate action as we work alongside parents to ensure the safety of the children in our care.
A letter regarding the above information has been issued to every family this week, along with a reminder of the SMART Rules and links to various websites, including our own, which we hope you find useful. We are also planning a workshop for parents on internet safety for after Easter, and look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime please contact the school office if you have any concerns or would like further advice.
SAFER INTERNET WEEK - FEBRUARY 2016
Keeping safe online has had much media coverage this week and once again everyone at Belmont has taken part in lessons and activities to raise the profile of this very important matter. Children from the Reception Class to Year 6 have been encouraged to think about how their behaviour and actions can contribute to making the internet a better place and celebrate its positive aspects. We have discussed the importance of being kind online, respecting our differences and how to respond to negative comment.
Following on from the survey they undertook earlier in the term, Tamzin, Ellie, and Demi from Year 6 and Lauren and Kyla from Year 5 asked whether they could lead an e-safety assembly for the whole school. Of course they could! They spent many hours collating the information, deciding on the most important advice and came up with a fantastic PowerPoint which they presented on Thursday afternoon! We're pleased to say that the questions they asked were answered correctly by children from all year groups!
You can see a video of their PowerPoint here.
NEW E-SAFETY BOOKLET - JANUARY 2016
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has produced a booklet, 'What's The Problem?', that covers some of the issues which parents may struggle with when dealing with children and young people with regard to online safety. It explains what the issues are and gives straightforward advice, signposting to other websites and also directing parents to various helplines. The final part of the booklet helps parents complete a 'family safety plan' looking at staying safe as a family. This booklet has been recommended by Lincolnshire County Council. To download the booklet, please click here.
INTERNET SAFETY REMINDERS - SEPTEMBER 2015
As part of our ongoing commitment to internet safety, all children in Years 1 to Year 6 were reminded of our e-safety rules and Charter of Good Online Behaviour at the beginning of the new school year. Year 4 produced some fantastic posters, two of which you can see below.
NEW PUPIL E-SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE ANNOUNCED - JULY 2015
Ben in Y6 has done a super job this year as Pupil Representative for E-Safety. A number of pupils have asked for his support when they have been worried about something online and he has encouraged them to come and talk to an adult. We are pleased to say that Sajeel who is currently in Y5 will take over the role in September 2015. The Pupil Representative does not offer e-safety advice to the children but gives support and encouragement to report concerns to a trusted adult. We would like to thank Ben for all his work this year.
E-SAFETY ASSEMBLY - APRIL 2015
As you know, all children at Belmont receive regular reminders and advice for keeping themselves safe online. Following on from our Safer Internet week last term, children in KS2 have taken part in a special assembly. Areas covered were reminders about not divulging personal information; netiquette; the repercussions of publishing images and videos online; cyber bullying and how to report anything that makes them feel upset or uncomfortable.
SAFER INTERNET WEEK - FEBRUARY 2015
The school spent a very busy week discussing and learning about how to be safe online. This year's focus being 'Do a good digital deed', we held assemblies to discuss the things we like to do online and how we can help someone who is having difficulties. For example, how can we teach a grand-parent how to use an app or to Skype. Children were also reminded that they can report problems not only to staff, but to Ben in Y6 who is our pupil e-safety rep.
The children in the Reception Class read Digiduck's Big Decision and made their own Digiducks, whilst Y1 learnt about Smartie the Penguin! Children in other classes came up with their own recipes for internet safety, made their own 'helping hands' based on the SMART rules and made pledges for helping others online.
Lessons also took place about cyber-bullying, gaming etiquette and what to do if there is a problem. The importance of using privacy settings and not uploading personal information onto sites such as Facebook and gaming sites was also discussed.
A display of children's work was on display at our recent parent's evenings.
If you would like any further information, please contact the school office.
SAFER INTERNET WEEK - FEBRUARY 2015
The UK Safer Internet Centre has organised a special Safer Internet Day for 10 February. On that day you will be able to view SID TV - two YouTube programmes about e-safety. Click here to go directly to their page.
At Belmont we are holding an e-safety week, which will begin on Monday 9 February with two school assemblies. Each class will then take part in various activities throughout the week. Some of the topics children will be discussing include how to keep their online information private; online etiquette when gaming; how to report problems; cyber-bullying and how to 'do a good digital deed'.
There is an e-safety page for children on this website which contains lots of links to great websites. Please click here to go directly to it.
If you would like further information, please contact the school office.
NSPCC LAUNCH SHARE AWARE - JANUARY 2015
The NSPCC has launched a new public education campaign called Share Aware to help parents keep their children safe online. The campaign, supported by Lincolnshire Police, is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8 - 12, the age at which they start to do more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices.
The campaign also directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use.
The resources can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware - click here to go directly to the page.
YOUTUBE SAFETY - DECEMBER 2014
Viewing and uploading videos to YouTube is becoming increasingly popular and as you are aware, children should be 13 years of age to have their own YouTube account. Google has put together some tools and resources to help you manage your family's experience on YouTube which you can access here.
E-SAFETY WITH CHILDREN FROM THE FOUNDATION STAGE - NOVEMBER 2014
The importance of learning how to be safe online begins early at Belmont! Children from the Foundation Stage have been working on this very important topic over the last few weeks. They will also be taking part in our Safer Internet Week in February next year.
5 STEPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE - JULY 2014
We have a new leaflet detailing 5 steps to keeping your child safe online. To download it, please click here. If you would like further advice please contact the school office.
ICT CHARTER OF GOOD ONLINE BEHAVIOUR - JUNE 2014
Thank you to everyone for signing and returning the ICT Charter of Good Online Behaviour sent out last term. This is part of our ongoing safeguarding education for our whole school community. In our fast moving technological world, e-safety is of high importance to us all. If you need further advice, please contact school to arrange an appointment with our school technical advisor.
PUPIL REPRESENTATIVE - JUNE 2014
At Belmont, we encourage all staff and pupils to report anything they see online that worries or upsets them. We hope that children feel confident to share their concerns with their parents/carers or members of staff. However, in order to give all children at school more support, we now have a pupil representative for e-safety who can help children fill in a report form if they do not want to speak personally.
Ben in Y5, will not give advice or sort out any problems himself, but will help children fill in the forms and ensure they are posted in the silver box sited next to the copier/printer.
E-SAFETY TALKS FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN - JUNE 2014
How to be safe online was the theme of two talks given to parents and carers on 19 June. The first was to the children in KS2. Having established that many of the children use social networking sites such as Moshi Monsters and Facebook and that lots of them also play games machines such as X-Box Live, a video was shown to explain why we need to be so careful when going online. In particular, the dangers of uploading personal photos and 'talking to' people they don't really know was highlighted. The need for good behaviour online; not to say hurtful things and how to report any problems was also stressed.
At a second talk shortly afterwards, parents were given more advice on how we can protect our children and showed a Powerpoint on the SMART Rules created by Ellie, Aiden and Kiera from Y6. You can see the Powerpoint by clicking here.
INTERNETMATTERS.ORG - MAY 2014
A new website has been launched by the major broadband providers BT, Sky, Virgin Media, Plusnet and Talk Talk. It gives you practical tips and puts you in touch with expert advice, so you can make informed decisions on keeping your children safe online.
The website provides links to the safety pages of the main operating systems, broadband providers, games consoles and mobile networks. You will find explanations on how to set up the very important Parental Controls on all your devices.
There are also links to videos from the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEOP. You can go directly to the site by clicking on the logo below.
If you need further advice, please contact school to arrange an appointment with our technical advisor, Mr Reeder-Smith.
SMARTIE THE PENGUIN AND DIGIDUCK - MARCH 2014
The children in Year 1 did some terrific work during our recent Internet Safety Week as you can see from their artwork below. In particular they used the fabulous ebooks and resources Smartie the Penguin and Digiduck. You can click on the images to go directly to the sites.
SAFER INTERNET WEEK - FEBRUARY 2014
‘Let’s create a better internet together’
This week in school we have been focusing on how we can all work together to create a better internet and how we can keep ourselves safe. Children have been reminded of the SMART rules for going online (click here) and we hope they will come home and discuss them with you.
As you know, some online content and computer games are not suitable for children and may be hurtful or harmful. Games are rated in a similar way to films, so it is easy to see whether a game is suitable for a particular age group. Familiarising yourself with the age ratings for the games and apps your children use will ensure they only play games that are age appropriate. The website PEGI (www.pegi.info/en/index/ ) has more information on this.
We are aware that pupils are playing games together online using Xbox Live. Unfortunately this appears to be causing some issues between children which are then brought into school. Click here for an information sheet for the Xbox 360 from the UK Safer Internet Centre, which I hope you will find useful.
Many websites (including our school site) have advice and information for both children and parents about e-safety and how to set parental controls on the numerous devices available. Click here for the UK Safer Internet Centre; however if you prefer, please contact school to arrange an appointment with our school technical advisor.
CEOP REPORT BUTTON - OCTOBER 2013
We are pleased to announce that our website has been given permission to include the CLICK CEOP Report button. Please click on it if you need to report a problem regarding internet safety or if you require further advice. Thank you.
UPLOADING PHOTOS/VIDEOS TAKEN AT SCHOOL EVENTS
As you know, we welcome parents and carers to come into school to see the children take part in plays, concerts and sports during the school year. Obviously you wish to take photos or videos of your children to capture these magical moments.
I would like to take this opportunity to explain why we request that the photos and videos are used for personal use only and are not uploaded onto sites such as Facebook or Youtube.
For the Belmont website, we ask permission from all parents and carers before uploading photos of pupils. We also ensure that children are not identified in any photos that are uploaded. However, some parents have requested that photos of their children are not used.
Some people do not want their image online for personal or religious reasons. Some children, families and staff may have a complex family background which means that sharing their image online can have unforeseen consequences.
Unfortunately there could also be times when some children and adults may be at risk and MUST NOT have their image put online and not all members of the school community will know who they are.
In order to keep all members of the school community safe I’m sure you agree that we must all ‘Think Before We Post' photos and videos online.
Facebook has announced an update to their site, which in effect replaces the Facebook wall and is what others will see when they visit a profile page.
For the UK Safer Internet guide to Facebook settings, click here.