Frinton-on-Sea Primary School is committed to using ICT to improve the standards of teaching and learning within the school. Pupils use ICT tools to find, analyse, explore, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively, and with discrimination. We are constantly up dating our ICT provision and all classrooms have computers, interactive whiteboards, IPads, and digital cameras which are used in all areas of the curriculum. We have Bebots and Roamers, programmable toys for younger children, and digital microscopes and sensors. We also have interactive learning platforms which includes Bug Club and Learn Anywhere which can be accessed at home. An ICT club is also run for different age groups across the school to help improve and support a variety of skills. We have an ICT Safety Policy and also hold and promote E-Safety sessions for parents and children; this is vital and underpins all the ICT teaching conducted in the school and prepares our children for the technological age in which they live.
Click on the link below to the UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online
Other useful sites
Please see below an email from Essex Police:
Many of you will already be aware of ‘Blue Whale’ and ‘MOMO’.
Blue Whale is a social network phenomenon dating from 2016 that exists in several countries. It is a “game” reportedly consisting of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a 50-day period, initially innocuous before introducing elements of self-harm and the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.
MOMO targets young children by encouraging them to text a number on WhatsApp, which then sends them instructions to complete a series of increasingly bizarre and dangerous tasks from watching a horror movie to engaging in self-harm to taking their own lives.
The Samaritans have recently seen several reports and Internet Matters have seen posts from a school in Clacton. The UK Safer Internet Centre Helpline also had one case reported last week by a school reporting that the Blue Whale challenge had resurfaced on Instagram.
If the internet activity of any child suggests the child has been communicating with relevant sites, this is obviously relevant to their risk assessment should they go missing. For your consideration in respect of raising the awareness of your operational officers.
Chief Inspector Alan Rhees-Cooper
Staff Officer to ACC Catherine Hankinson
NPCC Lead for Missing People