Staying safe online during the Summer

As we approach the Summer Holidays, we at Ivanhoe have been reminding students of the guidance
we give in relation to staying safe online;
• Make sure you do not share any personal information on any online platform, including Facebook & XBOX Live.
• Only speak to people online who you know in the real world.
• Once you put anything online, if only for a moment, it will be there forever.
• If you see or hear something online that makes you feel uneasy, you must report it straight away.

To support your child we recommend the following actions
• Talk to your child about what they’re up to online.
• Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child.
• Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
• Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
• Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
• Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
• Refer to the further reading available on the Ivanhoe College website.

After our most recent conversations with CEOP, we want to draw parents’ attention to the app/website called ooVoo. It is a free service that lets you make free voice and video calls as well as send text messages. The concern is that all users by default can be contacted by other users, whom the user may not know in the real world.

The recommendation from CEOP is that students under the age of 18 shouldn’t be using this service, as they could be exposed to content they didn’t ask to see or hear. CEOP have a guide available at this address - 

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

“Silver Surfers”

We’ve had another successful year our partnership with the Ashby Hastings Rotary club in promoting and running our community education project lovingly called “Silver Surfers” by our students. One of our regular visitors e-mailed us a few weeks ago to say thanks for helping her with getting her email set up on her iPad and showing her how to use the iPad to send and receive e-mails.
Big thanks to all the students who have taken part this year and offered their service to their community, we are really proud of you.

BBC micro:bits

We have successfully launched the BBC micro:bit with our year 7 students this half term. Year 7 students have been issued free-of-charge a BBC micro:bit funded by the BBC. This small programmable computer, has millions of potential uses.
Students have been given opportunities in Computing, Science & Design lesson to explore some of these ideas such as designing badges, using the micro:bit to change the light up design or conducting an experiment using the micro:bit as a pedometer. Students have thoroughly enjoyed letting their imaginations run wild, and we look forward to seeing what students create next year. We’ve also ordered class sets for our students in Year 7 & 9 to use next year in their lessons.

Students can order their own micro:bits online for around £15. We are hoping to launch a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths) competition next year and look forward to seeing what our students can achieve with a piece of technology like the micro:bit.

Stop Press – Pokemon Go

You may have seen on the news that there is a new game app called Pokemon Go. The game involves going out in to the real
world to certain specific locations, once there a Pokemon will appear on the phone. Although only just released in the UK the
game has caused problems in other countries and ThinkUKnow in Australia have issued the following guidance to parents and

1. Depending on your child’s age, search for Pokémon with them, or ensure they have a friend with them at all times if you’re comfortable with them being outside without parental supervision.
2. Make sure usernames don’t contain any identifying information. While there is no built-in chat feature, usernames will appear if you are in a ‘gym’. As you need to be physically near a gym to battle, it’s best those around you cannot identify you.
3. Be cautious of ‘Pokestops’ and ‘lures’. A ‘lure’ is an item that can lure Pokémon to a location. Other people you don’t know can also attend the location to catch the Pokémon.
4. Be aware that apps may also have access to your personal information and other applications on your phone, including your location and camera.
5. There are in-app purchases, so don’t forget to chat to your children about the consequences of buying items through the app.

Helpful hint: You can track your child’s activity on the app by clicking on the journal icon as it keeps
a log of all activity. And remind your child you don’t have to walk to a Pokémon’s exact location to
capture it. As long as it appears on the camera screen, you can capture it!

15 Jul 2016

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