Play your part for a better internet!

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 9th February 2016

Play your part for a better internet!

For this years e-safety competition, we would like students to enter a 30 second animation or movie themed around playing your part in a better internet.

Entries can be individual, group or class entries. There is no age limit.

We would like completed entries to be shared with us via Google Drive.

There are lots of resources that can help with E-Safety on our website. Including a Brainpop video

Brainpop has an e-safety section with activities and videos to give you some inspiration too.

Brainpop have very kindly sponsored our E-safety competition this year and the winning entry will win a Classroom subscription to Brainpop for 12 months (Please note this is up to 3 teacher accounts not individual student logins).

Brainpop Trial

Please remember that we have secured a lengthy trial period for our schools with Brainpop and remember to check out the wealth of resources available to you.

In addition we have a CPD session @ Openzone on 12th January 2016 4:00-5:5:30.

If you need any further help using Brainpop, Rob will be on hand to take you through it.

Any of our schools who have missed out on the trial or perhaps have not be able to access it yet please contact Robert Richardson

Important Information

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 9th February 2016@4:00pmNB Please make sure that all students have permission for their image to be used on websites as the winning entrant will be posted on ICT in Schools as well as Brainpop websites and social media channels

Free parent / carer friendly  information sessions will be taking place on Thursday 22nd October 2015 6-7pm and Friday 23rd October 2015 10-11am & 1-2pm at The Open Zone, Temple Park Road, South Shields.


The sessions will include:

  • Simple online safety tips for parents / carers to keep their child and / or  teenager safe
  • An update on sites and the latest social networks children and young people are accessing
  • The latest jargon used by children and young people on social media and what it means
  • How to spot the danger signs and  what to do about them
  • The opportunity to access the  online ‘Keep them Safe’ module. A easy module written by parents for parents around the link with social media  and Child Sexual Exploitation. Staff will be available to support  and guide parents / carers through this
  • A free up to date on line safety information pack



Due to the popular demand of these sessions booking is essential. Please contact or telephone 0191 424 6512 .


Kuddle – instagram FOR kids!

Kuddle video

A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent’s watchful eye. The photo-sharing app, which is like a more restricted version of Instagram, allows children to post and share photos with friends in a protected environment, safe from cyberbullying or unwanted connections from strangers.

Founded in March by a team of Norway-based developers and designers, all with kids of their own, the idea was prompted by co-founder and CEO Ole Vidar Hestaas’s experience raising his children. His 7-year old son wanted to be on Instagram, like his older sister was, but of course that’s not allowed…or, frankly, a good idea at that age.

After looking for an app designed with the safety and security needs of children and parents in mind, and not finding anything at all, he decided to build one.

How It’s Safer

The app is designed from the ground-up to offer a safer environment than something like Instagram. Children have to input their parent’s email at sign-up, but can begin to use the app right away. However, their photos can’t be viewed or seen by others until the parent approves the account via the email they receive.

Afterwards, parents are notified every time a child posts a photo and every time they add a friend. (Because children don’t have their own Facebook account and friend list, they search for friends by name.)

In addition, photos will appear only in approved friends’ feeds, and are not geo-tagged so as not to reveal a child’s location.

 Importantly, there are no comments allowed on photos. While kids can caption and even draw on their own photos with provided tools, friends can only view and like those images, not respond with text.

Though based in Norway, the app is COPPA-compliant, a U.S. regulation related to software and services designed for children. Children aren’t marketed to, and their info isn’t shared.