Kidsafe is continuing to run in Year 6 on a Monday afternoon and we have been covering a lot about cyberbullying and keeping ourselves safe online. What to do if you need to talk to someone about an incident online or if you find something you shouldn’t. Could parents familiarise themselves with what their children are doing online and what they have access to. Ensure your children’s privacy settings are secure to ensure their safety. Please continue to monitor what your children are doing on all their electronic devices.
We are very proud to be a Kidsafe school and have been since 2015. Mrs Jewitt, Mrs Rothery, Miss Davison and Mrs Gill are all trained to deliver the programme. Follow the link to find out more about Kidsafe.
Watch this space for the 2021 – 2022 timetable.
Kidsafe Week 1 – Year 5 JC and JS
Our year 5 children began their 5 week Kidsafe course today with a focus on understanding Trust and ‘Yukky Feelings‘.
It can be difficult to explain or verbalise how we feel sometimes, especially if those feelings aren’t good.
Sadness, fear and worry can be really debilitating emotions, but for those who perhaps struggle with the vocabulary to explain exactly how they feel, it’s even more of an issue. How do you tell someone you don’t feel right, when you aren’t sure how to describe or even understand the feeling or emotion?
Kidsafe has a fantastic way of providing children with the confidence and vocabulary to do just that: our year 5 children have been discussing those emotions that can be classified as ‘Yukky’ – that moment when your tummy starts to churn and your heart beats a little faster and you know something just doesn’t feel right – Yukky Feelings.
Your child has been given a letter explaining a little more about today’s session; if they wish to discuss this with you further, do encourage it – it means they’ve understood the concept of talking with a ‘Trusted Grown-Up’!
If you have any questions about any of the Kidsafe sessions, do get in touch. Alternatively, visit the Kidsafe website here (or click on KS below!).
The sessions are being led by Mrs. Jewitt, Mrs Gill and Mr Dobson – 3 of our accredited Kidsafe Tutors here at Ashley Primary, and of course, KS the Kidsafe Mascot.
We are all looking forward to next week’s session!
Well done children, great first week! 🙂
Today at Ashley Primary School we have been wearing purple to support the Kidsafe Charity. KS (the monkey) and his friends have been doing a really long bicycle ride and visiting lots of South Tyneside Schools. We were all super excited when they arrived here. We were also pleased to see KS wearing a reflective band and a crash helmet. Thank you all for your support. 👍
The children at Ashley Primary School have been continuing to take part in the Kidsafe programme. During the sessions children learn how to look after themselves and keep safe in potentially harmful situations.
Our Kidsafe Tutors are Kelly Davison, Calum Dobson, Natalie Jewitt and Nicola Rothery and they have delivered the program to children across the school from Reception to Year 6.
On Wednesday 21st June – KS will be taking part in a fundraiser to raise money for this amazing charity. KS will be doing a mammoth bicycle ride and he hopes to cycle past our school. Watch out for more information about ‘Purple Day!’
It has been a busy year for KS.
He has delivered sessions to children in Year 2, Year 5 and at the moment he is having fun helping the children in Reception.
Kidsafe is an amazing programme which helps to teach children how to keep themselves safe. Please do look at the Kidsafe website for more information.
If you would like to know anything else about the programme you can speak to your child or one of our Kidsafe tutors: Mrs Jewitt, Mr Dobson, Miss Davison, Miss Sanderson, Mrs Rothery or Miss Rutherford.
You can also follow Kidsafe on..
Today at Ashley Primary School we have been hearing about how we can play an active role in making the internet a better place. The whole school took part in an assembly this morning and we chatted about how we all use the internet in many different ways. We talked about how not everyone is nice online and how we could deal with things which upset us.
It is important that we celebrate our differences online and the key message which we have learned is:
We also briefly spoke about the SMART rules:
At the end of the assembly the children were told about an activity which the whole school could take part in. Around the school there are photographs of people and the children are allowed to use post-it notes to post comments. Watch this space for the results!
The results are in… in total, there were 607 comments made about the 12 photographs which were placed around our school. Find out soon which photograph provoked the biggest response…
So, the picture which got the post comments was this one:
I like your lipstick and eye shadow.
I love your hair.
You are really pretty, I love your hair.
Can I be your sister you are that pretty!
The photo of the child crying had some very caring comments :
You are so cute and adorable.
OMG are you getting bullied.
I feel bad for you.
I hope you are ok.
Cheer up, don’t be sad.
Ah, so cute, plz cheer up, I don’t like seeing people sad 🙁
There were some negative comments made about some of the photos which is similar to what would happen on-line. Some children even pretended that they were other children and posted negative comments using another name.
This highlights the sort of things which happen every day to children and adults using the internet and in particular social media sites. Thankfully at Ashley, our children have learned and will continue to learn about e-safety and how to protect themselves on-line.
Phew! It has been a busy couple of weeks for KS and the children in Mrs Hall’s class!
Session 4 was a fairly sensitive week; we began the session with a fun rendition of the song ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ which led into a gentle discussion about our bodies and our ‘private places’. We talked with the children about understanding that we all have private places and that, whilst we can have a giggle about it, really it’s quite important learning how we can help ourselves take care of them and how we can keep them safe! With the help of KS, we introduced the children to some special rules which will help them do just that.
It is important that the children know they are the boss of their own private places, but that there maybe specific times when it is necessary or ‘ok’ for certain people to need to see them or help care for them – for example when bathing, changing or if they are poorly.
We also thought about ‘happy secrets’ and ‘yukky secrets’. They all had immense fun keeping their surprise for KS’s birthday a secret and he was blown away by their loud rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’!! This helped the children understand the difference between a good secret, and a secret that could give them yukky feelings’. KS had experienced those yukky feelings and the children were fantastic in suggesting what he could do to get rid of them:
- Say No!
- Walk Away
- Tell a trusted grown-up
Brilliant work children! Now you know when a secret is ok to keep, and when you should share it with a trusted grown-up. Remember: You don’t have to keep a secret that gives you yukky feelings!
This was our final week with Mrs Hall’s class!
We discussed adults who have disagreements and sometimes argue. We thought about how this can make the children feel, and what they can do if they ever experience yukky feelings associated with this.
It was important for the children to understand that although sometimes our parents and carers do argue, it does not necessarily mean they no longer care for one another! It was equally important for the children to understand that they should never feel guilty or to blame if their trusted grown-ups argue or fall out with one another. In this situation, the children worked out that they could talk to another trusted grown-up to help them work through any yukky feelings.
We then recapped the whole of our Kidsafe course! Wow!! We have talked about so much over the last few weeks, the children have been amazing and we are so proud of them! KS has had a brilliant time and we couldn’t believe how much the children had remembered and how much they enjoyed the sessions.
Thank you Mrs Hall’s class! Don’t forget, if you ever experience those yukky feelings you can….
- Say No!
- Walk Away!
- Tell a trusted grown-up!
We will see you in a couple of months time for a catch up session where we can answer any of your questions and see just how much you can remember from Kidsafe!
We look forward to seeing you!
Miss Davison, Miss Sanderson and KS 🙂
This week in Kidsafe, the children in Mrs Hall’s class learned about all things cyber!
We learned about staying safe when using computers, laptops, X-boxes, Playstions and iPads etc… We thought about the different uses we have for these types of technology, and in particular, using them to access the internet or to play games. KS and the tutors also thought about what can happen – often accidentally – when using technology, the internet and playing games for example, that might give us Yukky Feelings.
As well as being introduced to the importance of firewalls and thinking about staying safe when going online or playing games, the children also learned about how to stay safe when watching films or DVDs. We looked at Film certification and PEGI game ratings – the children were reminded that game ratings are not based on skill level, but age! For more information on film classifications or PEGI game ratings, please take a look at the following sites: PEGI Game Info Film Classification Info
Importantly, Mrs Hall’s class were reminded of what they can do to help put a stop to yukky feelings should they ever experience them in situations involving technology, games or films. They can use their voice to say ‘No!’, walk away, and importantly, never be afraid to tell a ‘Trusted Grown-up’. It takes a strong person to stand up, say no and talk about it! Remember, you don’t have to watch or play something you know you shouldn’t, just because some of your friends do…
The children were fantastic and helped KS out of some tricky situations that gave him some really awful Yukky feelings…
Thanks Mrs Hall’s class! Your discussion was super, some great ideas were shared. We hope you have all learned some useful strategies to deal with Yukky feelings associated with online safety, gaming and DVDs.
See you next week!
Miss Sanderson, Miss Davison and KS 🙂