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04/06/20

Our latest newsletter has just been published: full of updates, ideas and student achievements. https://t.co/9TLaomoPDC https://t.co/yzTizFyFSE

01/06/20

The first Virtual Assembly of our new half term covers transferable skills and careers related learning from Ms Haughton-Nicholls. We also have a lovely performance from Jaimee in 8H2, and wellbeing tips from Ms Grant. https://t.co/Ulmkm0qZ78

01/06/20

We hope that everyone had a restful half term. Although we will not be setting daily tasks this week, there's still a lot going on for our students at home, including virtual tutor times and optional projects. Students will also receive feedback on their Framed Tasks. https://t.co/IP8w4CIKYw

22/05/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Well done Year 7 on a fantastic half term. I’ve really missed seeing you all, but I’ve been so impressed with how brilliantly you’ve all been working online. Have a great half term. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can see each other again. Stay safe.

21/05/20

Our weekly newsletter is out! Many thanks to everyone who has sent us contributions so far. There will not be a newsletter next week but it will be back after half term, so please continue to send us photos and news. https://t.co/d8rVYn7riC https://t.co/E6Uzncmtfh

19/05/20

Love books? Hay Festival is running a 2020 programme for schools this week, created especially for learning at home. It brings authors straight from their house to yours. https://t.co/I6q6FrwpWh https://t.co/iHfXGwxbfX

18/05/20

In this week's virtual assembly: -Ms Grant offers advice to all of us to help maintain our mental health  -Ms Houghton discusses the Olympic spirit  -Mr Cutress launches our MiMove initiative Plus a lovely poetry reading from Arqish. https://t.co/GIy3CEo643

15/05/20

We had some trouble sending our newsletter by email yesterday. In case you missed it, here’s the link: https://t.co/kjNpEBYs7L https://t.co/80x4nvr0H6

14/05/20

The eighth edition of our Virtual School Newsletter was sent out today. Please share it with your children. Thank you for all the contributions - keep them coming! https://t.co/6aVVo8Zzwy https://t.co/A6nRoG2vSY

13/05/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Hi Year 7s. I am aware of an issue a number of you had uploading your Music Framed Tasks to Show My Homework today. They are looking into it. For now, please save your work and I will post on Show My Homework when it is fixed with instructions of how to submit it.

11/05/20

Our 7th virtual assembly has now been shared on YouTube. Mrs Holden talks to us about the arts during lockdown. There's a beautiful performance at the start from Samarth in 7U7. Also, watch until the end for a special poetry reading from the HASU staff! https://t.co/F6YPSseRjH

11/05/20

Don’t forget that Macbeth is on tonight! This is the production that Year 8 were planning to see at The Globe. https://t.co/oFFEiX0dFD

07/05/20

Our weekly newsletter is out! This one features some beautiful poetry written by our students. https://t.co/6aVVo8Zzwy https://t.co/E4IvQEgPRE

04/05/20

This week's assembly is on innovation during times of crisis, from Mrs Morgan. We are also reintroducing student performances! This first week, we are featuring a beautiful performance from Tilly in 7A4. https://t.co/G08kz25Any https://t.co/O17IImVta5

30/04/20

Today’s HASU newsletter is available to read here: https://t.co/IBpueGuUfa It’s packed full of news, recommendations and amazing student work. https://t.co/tcAZHh6nJv

27/04/20

Students and staff are encouraged to get involved in the HASU Reading Challenge, which was posted on Show My Homework today. https://t.co/TVHSm0bsLN How many of these reading challenges can you do? https://t.co/CEqxWK0efn

27/04/20

Today's virtual assembly is now live. Parents, please encourage your children to watch this. Thank you! https://t.co/UaRrVa4NTr

23/04/20

This week's newsletter has now been published: https://t.co/H83Oc7Vyym. It features news from students and examples of great work, plus challenges and recommendations from teachers. https://t.co/8NiR3suIpo

21/04/20

Retweetd From miMoveApp

Excited to announce who join the growing community of schools now using miMove to support and celebrate their students' physical activity journeys. Looking forward to working with you and your students. https://t.co/BSbggI83uP

21/04/20

We are very proud of our Vice Principal Miss Corley, who featured in The Times article "How work in Britain has been changed by coronavirus" yesterday: https://t.co/E8md1I5SYZ. You can read Miss Corley's interview here: https://t.co/u2zbVzZCWY https://t.co/vwCPbHxsUF

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Online Safety

Most of our students will be at home for long periods of time due to the school closure. It is inevitable that they will be spending more time online. It is important that we keep our children safe when they are using the internet, including social media and gaming.

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

All the popular social media platforms have an age restriction of 13, and WhatsApp has an age restriction of 16. There are good reasons for this age restriction to be in place. For example:

  • exposure to inappropriate and harmful content;
  • lack of maturity to use webite and apps safely; 
  • risk of being contacted by sexual predators;
  • creation of online profiles which will be hard to remove in the future. 

If you do allow your child to have a social media account, make sure you set the privacy settings to private and check your child’s account on a regular basis.

The Communication Act 2003 makes it an offence to send anything on the internet that is offensive, indecent, threatening or false and the reason for sending it is to cause the other person annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety. The age of criminal responsibility in England is 10 years old.

 

What can parents and carers do?

Ground Rules

  • Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private online (personal information, photos etc.) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends.

Online Safety

  • Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions on your home broadband for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content. A useful website to show you how to do all of this is  https://www.internetmatters.org/.

Location

  • Locate your computer in a supervised family area. Always supervise the use of webcams and applications which allow voice or video chat.

Handheld Devices

  • Remember that Children are accessing the internet via their phones, tablets, iPods, Kindles, X boxes, Nintendo’s, PlayStation etc. Without parental controls on these devices, children can access whatever they want on the internet.

Dialogue  

  • Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why.
  • Always ensure your child knows how to block or report people online who send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply.
  • Make sure your child knows to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
  • 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.

 

Websites for more information

www.thinkuknow.co.uk - Visit the “Parent/Carer” Section and use the “Click CEOP” button to seek advice and report online abuse

www.childnet.com - Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety

ww.getsafeonline.org - Free up-to-date Security advice

www.parentinfo.org - Supported by CEOP

www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety

www.cybermentors.org.uk - Online support for children

www.childline.org.uk - Online support for children

https://www.internetmatters.org/ -  Explains how to set up parental controls on most devices and game consoles.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/  -  A bit like TripAdvisor for the Internet. Find out about Apps and Games and age restrictions.