Online Safety and School Quality Assurance Review


Dear Parents and Carers,

Online Safety

On Tuesday 6th February, children across the school took part in activities to mark Safer Internet Day. The internet is an invaluable tool for research, communication and entertainment however it is important that we teach our children how to use it safely and responsibly.

In one of our year 1/2 classes two thirds of the children are using an app which allows strangers to talk to them; unless the child mode is turned on. In this class it appeared that all these children, who use the app ‘Talking Angela’ were having strangers talk to them! The children thought they knew the strangers because they talked to them in the app. This article maybe of interest to parents:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/18/talking-angela-app-children-safety

We had a similar response about the app, ‘Road Blocks’.

It can be a challenge to keep up to date with your child’s use of technology as they are able to access the web from such a range of devices and may even appear to know more about technology than the adults around them.  However, it is still our role as teachers, parents and carers to educate children on how to stay safe, think about the impact of their own actions on line and understand the digital footprint they are leaving behind.  To help support this, you may find the two links below useful either as a starting point for conversations with your child or as a source of information for yourselves.  We hope you find them useful.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

School Quality Assurance Review

The quality of our provision continues to improve but we still challenge ourselves to make it even better. To this end we have four experienced school leaders undertaking a review of our school. This review will take place the week we return from the half term holiday. Once we have received the report we will share, with parents and carers, the main information in it.
I wish you all a happy and safe half term holiday.

Regards,

Mr M Carter-Tufnell

Headteacher