Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!
Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.
We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 11: July 2016' online now.
In this issue we look at how to use search engines effectively, the YouTube Kids app and the new Pokemon Go app which is already becoming a craze across the world. We look at the risks of playing Pokemon Go and provide you with some top tips for staying safe. We hope you enjoy this issue.
If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.
This is an exciting new project that the Prince Albert Community Trust are working on supported by King Edwards VI Aston and the King Edwards Foundation. We are in the application stage for a brand new Secondary Free School that is being proposed for a September 2019 opening in Birmingham.
For more information and to register your interest please click on the link here.
Executive Headteacher and CEO
Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT)
As you may be aware, Tuesday 28th June is a PACT Online Safety Day.
This time, we will be running a competition open to all children across the trust. As you know, we currently have Hector the dolphin which is a child-activated safety button. Hector the Dolphin has been keeping children safe online for many many years but sadly it is time for him to retire and for someone new to take his place.
We thought it would be great if the children could design their own character to be a child-led safety button, along with a name and some additional information, such as likes/dislikes.
The winner from each school will then have their design turned into a real computer program which will run on all of the computers in school for the next 12 months. If successful, we will then look to run this competition again next year.
The closing date for entries will be Monday 4th July.
Please find below two posters which explain the competition to children.
Classes will all be asked to look at their entries and nominate three to be put forward as their final 'class entries'.
The winners will then be chosen by our Online Safety Little Leaders and announced in due course.
We look forward to seeing some amazing designs for our new PACT Safety Button.
The Online Safety Team
Last week Mr Gulzar and Miss Downes welcomed Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, Lorna Fitzjohn OFSTED's Regional Director and Jane Millward HMI to Highfield School to discuss Safeguarding in Birmingham.
Mr Gulzar said "It was a very productive meeting discussing how professionals across Birmingham could further improve safeguarding for our pupils. We were able to talk about in detail the good work that currently takes place across the PACT and learn of other great practice elsewhere.' Miss Downes added 'Safeguarding continues to be at the fore front of all we do and as an organisation, we are continually looking for ways to be even better.'