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On Tuesday we celebrated Safer Internet Day @ ACE. Throughout school, children were taught about how to keep safe and how to have a positive presence on the internet. The theme of Free To Be Me gave us the chance to reflect on how the websites we visit, our avatars, our comments and our posts all contribute to build a picture of who we are. We can celebrate the fact that most children showed that they are well informed and understand all the issues involved in online safety, but we must bear in mind that sometimes they don’t always apply the rules to themselves and fail to act on their own advice.
Our major concerns for this year are much the same as ever.
- Children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information
- Age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children.
- Children can be contacted by bullies or by people who groom or seek to abuse them.
- Young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites.
- ‘Normalization’ of unhealthy attitudes.
We are continually trying to ensure that children can stay in control of the digital lives but your support is crucial in helping them to navigate safely through the online world.
Please be aware that unlike film and books, the impact of video-games on society and especially young children is not fully understood, particularly in their potential for health or harm. That means that it is even more important for parents and carers to accurately understand video game violence and the context in which it exists. Playing games together as a family, stopping technology migrating to bedrooms, making use of PEGI ratings and having open conversations about these topics creates a healthy environment to maximise the enjoyment of this aspect of family life whilst avoiding potential problems and dangers.
Please take time to talk to your children about their use of the internet. The Parentzone website has a superb section for parents, which has a wealth of information about apps, sites, games, tablets, consoles, browsers and smarttv.
Check our website for further links and please don’t hesitate to send me an email or arrange an appointment to see me if you need any specific advice or technical help.
Our Year 2 pupils in the after school Computing Club have been learning how to use Pivot Stickfigure Animator. Here are some of their first attempts:
This afternoon our Year 2 computing club have been playing with the colour tools on an art programme to see if they can make their teachers look more interesting! Can you work out who they are?
Our Year 2 group have been practising their copy and pasting skills to create strange, mixed up animals.
Tuesday 5th February was Safer Internet Day. Throughout school, children have been learning the skills they need to keep themselves safe in the rapidly changing online world.
The theme for this year is Together for a Better Internet. Our pupils have learned about the importance of taking control of their digital lives. Lessons have covered the principle of protecting and respecting privacy, and also the importance of seeking permission whether we are online or offline.
Please take some time to look at Parent Zone webpage and the Safer Internet Day 2019 site for parents and carers.
If you need any extra advice or support in creating a safer online environment for your child please let me know.
Computing Club have been introduced to the “green screen”, here is their first NewsSquare report.
In computing club we spent a little time researching about animals that have become extinct. Friday 30th November is Lost Species Day, a chance for us to remember all those species that no longer exist because of the way that we humans have chosen to live.
For information about Lost Species Day see http://lostspeciesday.org
In computing club we have been looking at how to do simple animations of ball games using Pivot. Here are a couple of our animations: