ONLINE AND COMPUTER SAFETY UPDATE

Safety Online!

Screen Addiction

e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Loanhead Primary School . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed.  e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

Recently, many of the children have been talking about the Momo challenge and have been increasingly worried about it.  Like many of these online phenomenon the publicity and hype has made this a lot bigger than it needs to be.  For a quick briefing on it see the link below.

https://parentzone.org.uk/article/three-minute-briefing-momo-challenge

MOMO INFO

It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

Search engines

Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:

Research searching

nICE
CBBC
Kids Yahoo

Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Image searching

Pics4Learning
picsearch

Gaming

When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up.  To read more, click here

FORTNIGHT BATTLE ROYAL – WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

Social Media Platform Guides

Click here to access to modern and relevant information on the most popular online phenomenons and social media platforms

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/

Insta advice

Snapchat Info

WhatsApp Info

YouTube Info

 

Another Successful Health Week!

This week has been our Health Week at Loanhead Primary, and what an amazing week it has been.  Every class has enjoyed learning about health and wellbeing as well as trying out different sports and healthy activities.  We thank Mrs Duncan for organising this week for us, without her then this week could not have happened.

Classes kicked off the week with our amazing sports day, another thanks to Mrs Duncan and the P7s for running this for the school.  It was a lovely afternoon filled with a lot of laughter and team spirit and it was great to see so many parents, carers, friends and family here to support the pupils.

The rest of the week was filled with our early morning warm ups in the playground, American Football, Football, Hockey, Cycling, Rugby, Judo, Movement to Music, Yoga, Judo, Relaxation, Healthy food making, Dance, Sleep and gaming awareness, Police talks, Internet safety, our fabulous bike breakfast (storm Hector can not stop us!) and so much more!

Here are some photos of this amazing week.

 

P7 Visit Loanhead’s new climbing Centre – EDEN ROCK

Primary 7 had an amazing opportunity to visit Eden Rock last week.  The new climbing centre is just a short walk from the school and we had a tour of the amazing world class facilities as well as learning tome tips and tricks.  The class picked it up really fast and by the end they were all really excited to tell friends and family and go and visit again in their own time.

Loanhead Primary are hoping to work with Eden Rock in the future to offer some exciting opportunities to all pupils.

UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSURES – CLOSED FRIDAY TOO

UPDATE: School closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March, BINGO NIGHT AT SCHOOL CANCELLED



Today (28.2.18), Thurs (1st March)and tomorrow (2.3.18)


Our building is closed. All Midlothian schools and nurseries are to be closed due to adverse weather conditions. Keep up to date with news and more info on the council website. We will update this page later today with more information if we have any.

https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/878/schools/46/school_closures

Screen Time and Concentration – P7

Recently, they hot topic in class has been a game called “Fortnight” or similar.  Pupils are admitting that they are trying to pull “all nighters” without their parents knowing, some even claim to get up at 5.30 to play each other on line and many are spending fortunes on parent bank cards without permission.

I have had a few parents speak to me about their concerns relating to this obsession but also the language that pupils are using to converse with each other over phones/headsets while playing.  Some pupils are coming to school red eyed, tired and really distracted and when spoken to they are blaming too much screen time but are reluctant to stop.  Mrs Donnelly has advised that ALL parents be made aware of this.

While we do not wish to tell you how your child should spend their free time, we would like you to support is in promoting healthy lifestyles and good sleep hygiene which is not promoted by too much screen time.   If pupils are overstimulated and tired, it has been proven that this has severe effects on learning and concentration.

Most difficulties that arise in school come from social media or gaming and we ask for your support in this matter. We conducted a survey in P7 about screen time….there are some surprising results e.g. 52% of pupils s[end 5+ hours on a screen (Not inc T.V.) each day! (click the link below)

When speaking to specialists, some recommendations are:

  • Turn off the Wifi at a set time each night (be strong!)
  • No screens in bed rooms
  • Appropriate down time at least 2 hours before sleep
  • Passwords for all consoles, phones, tablets should be shared with you.

For more information please see below for some guidance:

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/digital-home/how-much-screen-time-for-kids-3520917/

http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/internet/tablet-smartphone-screen-time-advice-parents-kids-11364191314228

P7 30 days of kindness grid…

Below is the grid that out P7 pupils have challenged themselves to complete.  We are choosing kind and trying to be a kindness classroom which is part of our “Wonder” novel study.

I typed this when pupils worked in groups to create the grids so initially there was some typos – that will teach me to proof read!  🙂

I have hopefully edited it so here is a copy.  We will reflect on these on the 10th of October!

30 days of kindness challenge

P6 Outdoor Learning

This morning P6 went into the woods and in small groups built shelters using 5 ropes and a tarpaulin sheet.  The children enjoyed a small snack under their shelter before taking it down and ensuring that we had left no trace of our visit. One group were so quick at building their shelter that the got to put a hammock under their shelter which they enjoyed having a seat in.

The children evaluated what had worked well and what they needed to improve for next time.  They all behaved extremely well and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.