Safer Internet Day was yesterday and the upper years in the school have been taking part in classroom activities to raise awareness of keeping safe online. Thames Valley Police have passed up the attached document giving parents 10 top tips for keeping their children safe online.
Don’t forget to book your parent meeting appointment by Friday 9th February as booking closes then – thanks.
As we build up to Safer Internet Day, please see some information below that has been circulated to schools on the app Roblox:
Concerns about Roblox
Schools from all over the country are issuing warnings about this game as it has been identified as the most common game for inappropriate contacting of young children.
Firstly, there is a messaging facility as part of the game where youngsters can be contacted by strangers. The app states that it is ‘the best place to imagine with friends’ but there is no way to screen contacts or disable the messaging. Bearing in mind they claim to have over 30 million users, you have no way of knowing who it is you are talking to.
Secondly, despite claiming to be a ‘Kidsafe’ site and to monitor the use of those under 12, it is easy to create an account, saying you are 3 years old and proceed to play the games for over 18s.
We would advise you to check if your child is using Roblox and ask you to be vigilant and encourage your child to stay clear of this. Some children claimed they had over 200 friends – which meant their accounts were ‘maxed out’. We advise you to look inside your child’s inbox and check for inappropriate messages. We also suggest that they do not use headsets for in game chatting,
As always, please also ensure that your child understands the importance of reporting any future unwanted friend or chat requests with yourselves to ensure their safety.
Useful sources of information
Childnet has a fabulous guide for parents about online games.
Thinkuknow is great for adults and children and has a range of practical articles and advice.
Top tips for having a conversation with children about cyberbullying:
Childnet, a great website for information on being safe on the internet, highlights the importance of having conversations with your children about staying safe on the internet, whether playing online games, or researching. Using Safer Internet Day will be a fabulous conversation starter and we hope that you will use this as an opportunity to talk about safe internet use. Some discussion points will be sent home as part of your child’s homework next week.
Please see below for a link to this weeks’ Resource Peek at the Week:
Safer Internet Day is less than 2 weeks away now – here is a link to a quiz: This Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre is focusing on the relationships that children and young people form online, and exploring ways to ensure that these relationships remain healthy, positive and fulfilling. This quiz is designed for 8-13 year olds, but can be played by anyone!
Yesterday, Reception enjoyed an immersive space experience with an external theatre company and got to explore all things space. The owner of the company left us a lovely review which we would love to share with you:
“Today, with my business Immersive Theatres, I delivered a 5m digital planetarium experience to 100 Reception pupils at Priory School. I was warmly welcomed by the staff and found the hall prepared just as I had requested. The day was well organised with all groups arriving on time. The excited but well-behaved students enjoyed a rich selection of content: peering up at the planetarium night sky, visiting the International Space Station, handling a meteorite and learning about different types of space shapes that are round. Thank you Priory School for a very pleasant visit.”
Watch this space for more details of this wonderful visit!
Please book your appointment for Parent Meetings online by 09.02.18 – thank you.
Safer Internet Day is coming next week! Attached to this post is an activity you could undertake with your children to raise awareness of keeping safe online and being kind to others online. If you wish to upload a picture of your child(ren)’s create, please tag us using @PriorySchoolSL1!
Tuesday 24th January 2018 Football Report by Rory.
On the 23rd of January Year 5 and 6 took place in a football match, against St.Anthony’s Primary School. Josh started in goal, in defence was Hashim, Jamie and Kyle. Midfield Rajan in the centre with Max on the wing and Methab up front, with Rory as sub.
Kick off was at 3:40, St Anthony’s took an early lead, when there striker used his pace to unlock our defence, 6 minutes into the game I was ready to make my first appearance for the year 5/6 football team. After some great tactical changes from the coach Mr Woodruff, we started to gain more confidence on the ball.
Mehtab picked up the ball from within his own half and drove past the St Anthony’s defence, he took a shot, which the keeper saved, but luckily, the ball fell into my path, and I smashed it with all my power into the bottom right corner. 1-1, we carried on pushing looking for the second goal only to keep being denied from the keeper. Finally Max got a pass from Kyle and he took a first time shot that ended up in the back of the net 2-1 to Priory. 2 minutes left of the game they scored a goal with a deflection 2-2 the final whistle was blown.
Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world: Three quarters of a million children have written a story for us over the years!
It’s very simple. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.
For more information, follow this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/50pnqLfDywb9CFxjNvth5l0/about-500-words