Hello, and welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing half term break. You will no doubt be aware of the advisory letter sent to schools and parents last Friday about additional measures to combat Covid transmission being introduced in schools. I’d just like to let you know that we are still having schools visit us at OpenZone, and that schools have been happy with our safeguarding measures. We have a rigorous risk assessment and extra covid protocols in place. Once in our building we are confident that we are at least as safe as in school. The issue for school visits is how you get to us. So looking at your risk assessments for transport is the key. If you get public transport, perhaps reconsider or look to a different method to get to us such as a private hire coach. If you are still unsure or feel you need to postpone any trip please get in touch.
CAS Teams Training – Evidencing Children’s Work in Teams
We are hosting a training session on One Note next week, Thursday 11th November. It is a virtual session. You can book by clicking here.
#Ask the Awkward
Being online is an important part of how young people ‘do’ relationships. Young people are using online spaces for their social and romantic lives. These topics aren’t always easy to talk about, so #AskTheAwkward has been created to help parents and carers to explore online relationships with their secondary aged children, making these conversations part of everyday life.
A recent article has highlighted that young people are increasingly at risk of online fraud, scams and identity theft through their gaming. Lloyds Bank recently carried out a survey and found that a fifth of gamers had either been a victim of a gaming-related scam or knew someone who had, but less than a third said they knew how to spot one. With fraud and personal identity theft being one of the biggest crimes around the world, that’s a worrying statistic. Read the article here. Whilst we teach about scams, phishing and so on it’s often in association with e mail. It is equally important to relate it to the other parts of online life that we engage in such as games, you tube, streaming accounts and the like.
Squid Game Scam
In a similar vein, Netflix show Squid Game has been used in an online play to earn cryptocurrency scam. “Play-to-earn” cryptocurrency is where people buy tokens to use in online games and can earn more tokens which can later be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies or national currencies. A website set up to purchase tokens that could be used called “squids” has made off with approximately £2.48 in fraudulently obtained transactions. More about this scam here from BBC Business.
Internet Safety Calendar
Childnet International has an Online Safety Calendar for 2021/22 which offers teachers engaging ways of incorporating online safety advice into the curriculum. The calendar also highlights campaigns including Anti-Bullying Week, LGBTQ History Month, World Book Day and Mental Health Awareness Week – and the relevant online safety resources available. Find the calendar here: https://www.childnet.com/blog/check-out-our-online-safety-calendar-2021-22-for-educators and I have attached it to this e mail.
The winner of Blue Peter’s Our Planet Now competition is 8 year old Delphine. Her story and poem have been made into a beautiful and poignant animation by Aardman Animations with music from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Its a fabulous resource to talk about the COP26 summit and about the power of animation and music. You can watch it here: