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Pokémon Go – how to stay safe


Pokémon Go is the latest craze to sweep the internet. If your child has not yet downloaded it, or asked you to download it for them, I can guarantee they will in the very near future!

In many ways, Pokémon Go is brilliant. It encourages people to get out and about, gives people the opportunity to communicate and work together and above all it’s great fun. However, as with anything online there are risks. As a parent it’s important that you understand what Pokémon Go is, and how you can help your child use it safely and responsibly.

Please take a few minutes to read the NSPCC’s Parent’s guide to Pokémon Go, so you can help keep your child stay safe this summer.

Here are some other links you might find useful:

Norton Community guide to Pokemon Go
Parentzone parent’s guide to Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go wikipedia page

Registering with the Scratch community (KS2 only)

Your child has been learning to program a computer using Scratch software which they can access online http://scratch.mit.edu. Programming has become an important part of learning about technology to meet expectations in the new curriculum. It also develops children’s thinking and problem solving skills. Using this site is a great way to add to the experience of learning to program and also to learn about e-Safety.

Your child can use Scratch without registering with the site. However, to enable your child to be able share the programs and games they create they will need to register with the Scratch community. This allows them, their friends and their family to see what they make at school and at home. They can also view programs created by other people to see how they have been made and can make changes to adapt it to create a similar game of their own.

The site lets anyone in the world see what you have created. Anyone can leave comments about your work. This is fantastic way for children to get feedback and can be very encouraging. They may get suggestions of ways in which they could improve their game. There are many benefits but also the risk that someone might leave a comment you don’t like. The Scratch Team includes a group of moderators who work each day to manage activity on the site and respond to any reports of misuse. When logged in, your child can delete any comments they do not like and can report anyone who is not following the community guidelines. It is extremely rare to see an inappropriate comment but we feel we should let you know that this could occur.

The website has guidelines for use which you agree to when you sign up:

* Be respectful. When sharing projects or posting comments, remember that people of many different ages and backgrounds will see what you’ve shared.
* Be constructive. When commenting on other’s projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions.
* Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find on Scratch and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.
* Keep personal info private. For safety reasons, don’t use real names or post contact info like phone numbers or addresses.
* Help keep the site friendly. If you think a project or comment is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, click ‘Report’ to let us know about it

The e-Safety aspects of being part of the Scratch Community will be explained to your child. We are writing to suggest that your child signs up with the Scratch Community so they can further their computing learning at home, and share the great work they are doing.

Here are some useful e-Safety messages for children using Scratch (and other websites):

* Use a safe alias
* Keep password and personal information private
* Give positive feedback to others
* Recognise copyright in terms of acknowledging other people’s ideas
* Recognise inappropriate content – consider whether others would find a project or comment mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate
* Know how and when to report inappropriate content and when deleting a comment is the sensible action
* Consider appropriate length of time to spend online creating and playing games

We would suggest you have a look at the website http://scratch.mit.edu to make sure you are aware of how it is used and that you are happy for your child to be part of the Scratch community. They have a page for parents which may answer any questions you have http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/, or you are welcome to arrange a time to come into school to discuss this with us.

e-Safety at Lowerplace

Live Blog e-Safety discussion


I have now worked with nearly all the classes in the school. We have discussed the importance of safety and agreed some guidelines for the year ahead. Access to the internet is not restricted to school so it is important that parents and carers are also aware of the issues. Therefore I thought it would be useful to summarise what I have covered.

Key Stage Two
We have discussed the potential risks of being online. we used the thinkuknow cybercafe website to go through some online scenarios and discussed what choices could be made. We then followed up with an activity asking children to choose appropriate actions online and explain their choices. It would be useful if you could complete the cybercafe activity with your child and talk about the issues raised. This may also help raise your understanding of eSafety issues.

There are further resources available in the 11-16 section of the CEOP website. I would advise you to review this content to decide if it is appropriate for your child.

Key Stage One
We watched Lee and Kim’s Animal Adventures where the children learned 4 top tips to stay safe on line. We then played a board game to re-enforce these messages. This video is only available in school, however there are some similar messages in the Hector’s World series of cartoons. I will be running an eSafety parent workshop later in the term where you can see all these resources.

Finally, I have discussed the CEOP button with all the children. You can now see this on the sidebar of all our blogs. This links to advice for teachers, parents and children of all ages. It also directs you to other agencies which can help. I will also add links to all the other sites mentioned in this post.

There will be further information sent home in the next few days, but if you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact through the school office.