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April
 
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The Blue Whale Game… not a game at all.

The Blue Whale game is a dangerous game that is popular at the moment in Russia and spreading across Eastern Europe. The game is played online and spreads through social media.

Players are appointed as a “master/teacher” and these “masters/teachers” challenge the players in stages, to tattoo a Blue Whale somewhere on the body, usually the arm or the leg. As the game goes on the players are encouraged to self-harm and the final challenge is to commit suicide.

All these actions have to be filmed and shared via social media to the so called “master/teacher”. The game is being played by children of all ages, some as young as primary age, but predominantly by teenagers.

The craze is believed to have led to 130 suicides in six months in Russia, where it originated. In France, several cases of suspicious death have been reported and now education authorities are on high alert. It has apparently been mentioned on the Romanian News due to the seriousness of the consequences.

Like the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Blue Whale Challenge involves encouraging participants, via social networks, to face everyday challenges. The difference is that these are intended to lead the ‘players’ to death on the 50th day, thereby ‘winning’ the game.

A really useful article on the issue can be found at:

‘Blue Whale’ game: ‘Fake news’ about teens spread internationally

As with all such crazes and issues, it is key to discuss online safety with children, helping them realise the potential issues of their involvement. Discussion about these activities could form part of the schools PSHE activities. You may also wish to share this new craze with parents and the above link could be a good place to start.

November
 
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Friday will see the return of the annual shopping bonanza, where you can bag yourself a bargain and get some great deals. This year is expected to be bigger than ever, and with this, we are anticipating a rise in cyber criminals targeting online shoppers.

Check out our TOP TIPS for staying safe online during Black Friday & Cyber Monday.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER

To help keep you safe throughout the year, we’re offering a FREE 12 month subscription to our Digital Safeguarding Community.

This includes unlimited advice & guidance on any digital safeguarding issues such as cyber security, data protection and online safety. What’s more, your school will receive monthly resources and two free places to any ICT4C event.

This offer is valid for orders placed on Friday 25th & Monday 28th November for any of the following products & services:

BASECAMP: Embed technology into your teaching delivery with our resource portal

ONSITE SUPPORT: Support your IT with the help of our friendly technicians

BROADBAND: Connect to our education-only network with centralised filtering

SOPHOS: Protect your networks and servers against ransomware and viruses

CYBERPASS: The complete e-safety and digital citizenship education tool

November
 
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FREE Anti Buyllying Lesson Idea

Anti-Bullying Week

This year’s Anti-Bullying week takes place from the 14th-18th November and the theme is ‘Power for Good’. Use your lesson to encourage students to say positive things about each other.

  1. Ask your pupils to pick a name out of hat
  2. Get them to create a Voki which describes a quality about the pupil they have selected (e.g. clever, funny, kind)
  3. Share the Voki with the rest of the class and discuss how this makes your pupils feel

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Click here for your FREE resource from Basecamp which includes a step-by-step guide on how to create a Voki (talking avatar). Alternatively, for more information about Basecamp get in touch on 0300 303 89 50 or email sales@ict4c.co.uk

 

October
 
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FREE Chromebook OR Basecamp Licence

Our friendly team of local technicians are on hand to provide cost-effective and reliable ICT support for your school. This education-focused service includes:

  • Dedicated onsite support from an experienced technician.
  • Remote monitoring of your systems to pick up and resolve issues as soon as they arise.
  • Access to training and consultancy from our educational consultant team.
  • Support for your ongoing vision and school improvement planning.

“I highly recommend ICT4C, they are a reliable, friendly and professional service that won’t let you down.” Hendal Primary School

Our Service Desk Analyst team will help you resolve common issues and support you through your interactions with us in addressing your requirements.

We can also access your network remotely to solve a number of common requests like password resets, data recovery and AV updates. This helps controls costs for you and ensures you can carry on with business as usual.

We’re launching an exclusive offer for both new and existing customers that take our School Support Service!

Renew or sign up before the 31st October and you will receive a FREE Chromebook or 12 months Basecamp Licence (the choice is yours).

Chromebook – The stylish HP Chromebook provides a speedy connection to your protected online content and automatically updated apps, all within an ultra-thin full-sized notebook, providing a comfortable gateway to surf, socialise and play. This Chromebook goes wherever you go and keeps your files safe and secure in the cloud.

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Basecamp – Basecamp is an online portal that provides access to hundreds of approved resources that enable teachers and other classroom practitioners to embed technology into their teaching delivery. Aimed at KS1 and KS2 teachers across all subject levels, your school will receive a 12-month licence with unlimited staff users. Click here to download the Basecamp flyer.

For more information get in touch on 0300 303 89 50 or email info@ict4c.co.uk

Terms & Conditions

Your chosen free item will be delivered to your school following receipt of a confirmed order (Basecamp details will be sent via email). If however your school chooses to cancel their School Support Contract at any point within the 12 month period then you may be liable for the full cost of your chosen free item.

October
 
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Back-Up Storage

Every piece of data in your school is precious, which is why our back-up solution is designed to keep it out of harm’s way.

No matter what your size of school, when it comes to data, out of sight is very rarely out of mind.  In the event of data loss, accidental deletion, virus attack or server failure, you need confidence that you can recover business-critical information, and that it can be retrieved with minimal fuss and in minimal time.

Our flexible managed service takes the worry and pain away from you.  Our automated backup services will copy your data to our UK-based data centres, as frequently as you need and saving as many copies as you want, and help you to recover data whenever required.

  • Cost effective with a monthly subscription-based model
  • Secure UK based data centers with military grade encryption
  • Flexibility to specifiy what data you want backing up

Cloud

Our Cloud Backup service automatically copies data from your servers into our UK-based data centres on a daily, weekly, monthly or even hourly basis.  We will agree with you what retention policies you need for different types of data, how many copies you would like to keep and how far back you would like to be able to recover data.  Our managed service runs automatically and provides you with daily reports so you can rest assured your data is safe.

Hybrid

Our Hybrid Backup service automatically copies data from your servers into our UK-based data centres, and also keeps a copy on your site for added assurance.  This is for organisations that want the convenience and speed of knowing that all your data is backed up locally, and it is also securely held off-site in the event of a hardware failure or other disaster scenario.

Server Replication

Our Server Replication service automatically keeps a live copy of your business-critical servers offsite, ready to be brought to life in the event of a disaster.  Copies of your data and transactions for your critical applications are taken every few minutes and securely stored offsite.   In the event of a disaster, we can start up the applications on our offsite servers within one hour and allow your business to continue without disruption.

For more information or pricing, get in touch on 0300 303 89 50 or email sales@ict4c.co.uk

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