Today’s post centres around staying safe online, and – back by popular demand(!) – the return of Red Herring.
Making sure your child is safe online should be a top priority.
During these times, your child may well be online more often than they normally would. We’ve suggested you might decide that your child shouldn’t be on social networking sites during the school hours, but the Easter holidays are coming up so you may choose to relax any rules you’ve set. But how much screen time should children have? These activities designed for use with 7-11 year olds (but easily adapted to other ages) will help your child recognise the signs they may experience when they’ve been online too long and the importance of balancing online and offline activities.
How much do you know about Houseparty?
An app growing in popularity is Houseparty – downloads have increased by 122% in the last month during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a group video messaging app that allows users to live-chat with up to eight people where they can play games and chat with friends and family in a ‘room’.
What’s the government advice about staying safe online?
Government guidance now includes reference to keeping your child safe online:
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
The guidance also talks about concerns about too much pressure on broadband connections:
The government is having regular calls with the major fixed and mobile operators, and with Ofcom, to monitor the situation and ensure that any problems on the networks are rapidly addressed and rectified.
Now, the return of Red Herring…
On Monday, we set you a challenge of working out which fact is the red herring amongst each of the Heads of School (and me). Today, we present five more people – our office-based staff – and with a bit of an equestrian theme. Just work out which statement for each person is a fib, a big fat lie. (Yes, we know it’s hard because you don’t know the people working in the other schools!)
Mrs O’Malley, Sphere Resources Manager based at Moortown:
- I met my husband whilst learning to drive a tank.
- I have three British military qualifications: artillery survey, combat appreciation, and radio communications.
- As well as a yellow belt in kickboxing I also have a red belt in Ju Jitsu.
Miss Pallister, Admin Assistant at Scholes (Elmet):
- My first ever full-time job after leaving school was working for Education Leeds, in the finance department at Merrion House.
- Before moving to Scholes, I lived in Spain for five years.
- When I was younger I won various horse riding competitions.
Mrs Quirk, Sphere Resources Manager based at Scholes (Elmet):
- Knitting is one of my hobbies – I love to make presents for friends and family.
- In my teens, I was part of a group of people who raised money to buy medical supplies for a hospital in Malawi; I spent a summer over there when we took over all the supplies.
- One of my favourite jobs was as a Wedding Co-ordinator at a country house hotel – I loved planning and organising people’s special days!
Mrs Russell, Admin Assistant at Moortown:
- When I was younger, I fell off a horse and it trod on my leg – it didn’t put me off horse riding though!
- I used to help mend shopping trollies.
- My favourite type of food is fish – anything apart from squid.
Mrs Walshaw, Admin Assistant at St James’:
- I can count to 10 in Japanese.
- When I was younger, my family owned two Shetland ponies but I never rode them.
- In my previous job as an air stewardess, I was part of a crew who took Manchester United football team to one of their European Cup games (now known as the UEFA Champions League).