Letter from Headteacher – 18th July 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many of your children are really enjoying the newly released Pokemon Go game and we have seen children round school searching for Pokemon at Lunchtimes. It certainly seems to be a great way of encouraging children to be outside and enjoying sociable time with friends and family – I am sure some of you have been Pokemon catching over the weekend!

There have been some concerns raised about the game in the media and we are making sure we speak with children this week to reaffirm with them the following to make sure that they are safe online;

  1. The usual rules about ‘stranger danger’ apply – it is not sensible to knock on a strangers door to try to access a Pokemon in their house!
  2. Privacy is important – make sure you are retaining your privacy in the game and also not invading others privacy as above.
  3. Physical safety – it is not sensible to go to remote areas or unfamiliar areas, also usual road safety and general safety awareness are still important.
  4. Cost of data – to play the game data is needed and could be costly depending on the data package a child has.

There are some good links to articles below if you feel you need to learn more about the game and recommendations about safety.

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/news/pokemon-go-gaming-gone-mobile

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/staffordshire-police-issue-advice-to-pokemon-go- players/story-29512725-detail/story.html

The weather this week is going to be very warm, we will be encouraging children to be sensible in the heat, including not wearing blazers around school. Please make sure children have water with them – they can top bottles up at our cold water dispensers.

Wishing you and your families a restful summer holidays,

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe

Headteacher

You can download a copy of this letter here – HOS Letter 18th July

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