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22nd November 2019

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Latest roundup of useful online safety snippets from

07th October 2019

Latest roundup of useful online safety snippets from

Here's the latest roundup of useful online safety snippets:


I really don't like this term, I find it quite derogatory, but it was widely used in the media last week regarding a study (which doesn't appear to be publicly available) of interviews with 50,000 young people about sharing problems or worries online, apparently to get sympathy.

Being reported as new, or a new trend is misleading and unhelpful. Equally, is this attention seeking, attention needing, a cry for help or something else? I can't really comment as I, nor anyone I know can get hold of the report to have a look.

As this was breaking in the media I was visiting the wonderful British School in Paris and asked some of the students about this (a small group of sixth formers and approx. 80 Year 8's). Firstly they had never heard of the term (unsurprising), they did say it happens (we've known this for years), but interestingly they overwhelmingly stated it is on the increase. I didn't have time to go into it further but it may be worth exploring at your school, perhaps utilizing your school council or digital leaders to do a poll in order to gain further insight/understanding.

Gen Z and online safety

88% of Gen Z's (16-24 year olds) believe they are the most digitally responsible generation yet 64% don't think it's risky to share explicit photos online. There's some interesting figures in this study from GetSafeOnline which could be really useful as conversation starters in the classroom to get a debate going:

Instagram - new app called Threads

Instagram has a feature called 'close friends' which allows a user to create a list and add people to it in order to share stories. Threads capitalises on this feature; it's designed to share images and videos privately to this close friends list, which also means the user is in control of who can and can't be contacted. Essentially, it's private messaging using photos and videos between friends. Given the popularity of Instagram across the age ranges it'll be worthwhile keeping an eye on this one.

To read more click here:

Encryption and child protection

In 2018 the automated systems on Facebook Messenger identified 12 million instances of CSA. Protecting children and privacy online are two very different subjects yet impact on each other immensely. Recently Mark Zuckerberg, creator/owner of Facebook has been speaking a lot about privacy and the fact that Facebook services such as Messenger will be encrypted. Whilst this is welcome from the perspective of privacy, it's a very worrying development when it comes to protecting children because those automated systems mentioned in the first sentence above simply won't work.

To read more on this see John Carr's blog here:

Break the Fake

What is fake online is a hot subject, but how do you get this across to younger children in an engaging, impactful and fun way? Use House Hippos - these resources look like they could be a lot of fun, take a look here:

Online Safety Pro

In-depth training for your online safety lead PLUS 12 months online access to fully updated training for all your school staff and governors, PLUS regular video updates to keep you all right up to date.

7th Nov - London
(more dates to follow in 2020)

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Until next week

Best Wishes,

Alan Mackenzie

Tel:  01522 25 30 88

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Primary Flu Programme 2019

16th September 2019

Primary Flu Programme 2019

Information for Parents/Carers

Primary Flu Programme 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

From September 2019 we will be using e-consent for the Flu programme.  This year we are vaccinating children in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Please click and click on the Seasonal Flu icon to complete the consent form, the option to consent or decline the vaccination is at the end of the questionnaire so please complete even if you do not want your child to have the vaccination.

Your unique school code for Brackenfield Special School is DD113031

For the Public Health England Flu information leaflet visit

Visit and select your school under the primary section for the date we are due to vaccinate your child in school.

The vaccinations are being held are the on 7th October at 9AM

If you experience any problems please contact Natalie Odell 0115 9733710 or email

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02nd September 2019

The September issue of our “What’s On” is now available on our website.

The link to the newsletter page is


I would like to draw your attention to an evening with the highly rated Henry Normal who co-wrote Mrs Merton and co-created and co-wroteThe Royle Family.


Poetry Evening: A Celebration of Family with Henry Normal (Friday 4th October 2019) 18:00 to 19:30

at the

Deda Creative Arts Centre

9 Chapel Street





(This is in support of Derbyshire Autism Services)



See link below



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Derbyshire Autism Services, what’s on during June

03rd June 2019

What's on June 19

DERBYSHIRE AUTISM SERVICES (charity number 1105525) is a small and very hardworking charity, working right across Derbyshire.

We offer information, advice and guidance but above all support to children, young people and adults affected by autism - with or without a diagnosis - and their families.

We also work with professionals in other services to make sure that individuals and families affected by autism have their needs met and fully taken into account when involved with them.

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New Sensory Room

09th October 2018

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Important information regarding school dinners

16th July 2018

Please click here to view the letter to parents regarding school meals from September 2018

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