1. Talk about it: Make time to chat about online risks and how to use the internet safely as soon as they're old enough to go online. Encourage your children to speak to you about what they view online and empower them to act if they're worried about anything.
2. Recognise the risks: Educate yourself about the potential dangers children could face online so it’s easier to spot warning signs. Get to know what platforms your children use, and learn about dangers such as phishing, grooming and cyberbullying.
3. Teach the do's and don'ts: Be clear about the non-negotiables. For example, teach your child not to share personal details or photos with strangers and instruct them not to click on links to unknown websites or texts. Do encourage your child to question what they see and only accept friend requests from people they know.
4. Spot the signs: Pay attention to your children's behaviour whilst on and off their devices. Being alert to changes in your child can help prevent problems from escalating. Some warning signs are withdrawing from friends or family, sleeping and eating problems or losing interest in previously loved hobbies or interests.
5. Set boundaries: Let your children know what they can and can't do on the internet from the get-go. Agree on what devices they can use, when, and how long they can spend online. As they get older, explaining and negotiating boundaries may be more effective.
6. Take 'parental' control: These ready-made boundaries put parents in control of what children can see online. They can be set up through your internet provider at device level to block specific websites and filter out inappropriate content.
7. Be social media savvy: The popularity of social media apps like TikTok and Snapchat makes it harder to keep track of what your child is accessing online. Fortunately, each social media platform has its own privacy settings and safety tips for parents. Check them out before you let children have their own accounts.
8. Protect from harm: Install antivirus software on family devices to minimise the risk of cyber attacks or scams. Use two-factor authentication (2FA) for extra security on your online accounts. This can also stop children from signing into services they're not allowed to use.
9. Set a great example: You're the greatest 'influencer' in your children's lives when they're young. Limiting your time online, discussing dangers you've come across, and questioning what you view can help reinforce the rules you are setting for your children and, in turn, influence their online behaviour.
10. Seek support: The more you learn about online dangers, the better equipped you'll be to handle them. There are some great resources like webwise.ie, internetmatters.org and cybersafekids.ie to help you recognise and reduce online dangers and seek advice if you think your child is experiencing cyberbullying or is at risk online.
Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Saint Brigid's Day, is an Irish Celtic traditional festival. It marks the beginning of spring, and for Christians it is the feast day of Saint Brigid, Ireland's only female patron saint. It is held on the 1st of February, which is about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
This year is the first year of an Irish public holiday named after a woman. St Brigid’s Day provides a unique opportunity to acknowledge the critical role that women have played in Irish history, culture and society.
In Celtic mythology, Brigid was a triple goddess – of healing, fire, and of poetry – and the Christian saint who took her name, born in 450 AD, carried some of those same associations as the patron saint of poets and midwives. This bank holiday carries a dual opportunity to recognise the role of women through our arts and cultural heritage.
This week we are holding our first ever HERO attendance week. HERO stands for- Here, Everyday, Ready, On Time. We know the past two years have been very difficult attendance wise, so we want to now get back to encouraging punctuality in the mornings (if you're line is in the yard you're on time) and being here in school any day that you are well enough to be here. If your child must go to an appointment please drop them back to school afterwards so we can mark them in as present.
*Long holidays during term time are strongly discouraged by the school*
The class with the highest attendance next week will get a half hour extra of yard on a day of their teachers choosing.
We will be holding HERO weeks several times throughout the year to encourage excellent attendance!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
With the new school year already back in full swing, we would like to invite you to our PTA Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Friday, October 21st at 10am in the school hall. Tea/Coffee and light refreshments will be available beforehand from 9.30am.
At the meeting, we will give you a short introduction into how the PTA works, we will be reviewing PTA activities over the past year, and we will also elect the committee for the coming year.
It is great to see the school alive again with parents taking part in various classes, activities and general school life, so whether you are an existing or a new parent in Esker ETNS, we would love to meet you and we hope you will be able to join us on the day.
Chairperson, Esker ETNS PTA
Next week is maths week. Please take a look at the timetable below and come in for some maths fun.
Students and staff are all looking forward to having you back in the school.
Please see leaflet below with some upcoming events in Esker.
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