A Special Visit from Crucial Crew!
On Thursday, Crucial Crew came to Class 4 in the form of Charlotte from The Dog's Trust and Jo and Anna from West Mercia Police. They spent the morning sharing valuable advice with the children regarding how to keep safe.
Charlotte reminded children that there are no dangerous dogs, rather that there are unsafe and uneducated owners. She covered how to greet someone's dog so that the dog and they are safe; always ask the owner if you can stroke the dog, let the dog sniff you and then ask the owner how they like to be stroked.She taught the children the 'x factor' pose to adopt when a strange dog runs up to you: to stand very still, form an x across your chest with your arms and then look away to the side. By doing this, the dog realises that you are not interesting and leaves you alone. Valuable advice for children of any age!
Jo and Anna covered internet safety with the upper key stage 2 children. After sharing their experiences of using the internet, Anna reminded the children that they have to be 13 years old to use Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and 16 years old to use Whatsapp (which is a recent change to legislation). They discussed the importance of not putting any personal information online, including photographs wearing uniforms, and to regularly allow/expect your parents to monitor what you are doing to keep you safe. The importance of what you write was discussed too. They encouraged the children to think about what they write online and to consider whether they would be happy for the same to be written about them. A short video also underlined the importance of 'followers' and 'friends' being people you should actually know such as family, classmates or neighbours.
Our morning finished in a fun and informative way, as the children were allowed to sit in the two police vehicles, test the sirens and pose questions to the four police officers who had visited us about what their job entails. The children had a fantastic time and over half of the children at the end of the session said they would consider the police force as a future career! Miss Clark