An Nuacht, September 6th 2018

Welcome Back to every member of the LSP Community.

It’s great to see happy, healthy children, staff and parents around the school again. We’ll all be glad to get back to a routine.

Keep in touch with what’s happening in school. This will help your child have a productive & happy year in school.

Finally, we, the BOM, staff, children, parents look forward to another great year ahead in LSP.

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Please read through the notices in this week’s Nuacht.

There’s an exciting new club starting soon – Kids Code Club. See information below.

A very important section on Internet Safety & Age Restrictions on Popular Social Networks. We ask that all parents take note of this. Please do not allow your child unsupervised access to the internet.

 

Teachers will be sending out information either by letter class meeting about the year ahead.

 

Please let Louise know as soon as possible if you think your child is eligible for the bun & milk scheme. Bun & milkscheme is available to families availing of social welfare

 

 

School milk can be ordered for term 1 at a cost of €14 per child. Names and money to office by home time tomorrow please.

                

 

Thanks to those who have paid book rental & arts, crafts and photocopying and a reminder to those who still have to pay.

 

Cash for clobber: we will be holding a cash for clobber day before mid-term, more details to follow.

 

It is very important that you let us know if your child has a chronic illness e.g diabetes, asthma or has developed an allergic reaction that might affect them in school. 

 

Have you sent in any changes to your contact details to Louise & class teacher?

 

Choir resumes next Thursday – 2.10-3.10pm.

               

 

 

A hearty welcome back to all the parents on behalf of the PTA. Also, we are welcoming new members of LSP Community, Junior infants and their parents. 

The PTA will be hosting a Harry Potter night sometime in October. If you are interested in helping out please leave your name and number with Louise at the office.  

If you have any ideas/suggestions please do not hesitate to speak to any of us directly

 

 

Arts and Crafts classes starting in school on Tue 18th Sept.  Classes will run for 8 week term, 70 euros (includes all materials). Classes will be held in the school every Tuesday 2.30-3.30. The children will be using various art mediums to make lovely craft projects to take home. (Clay, paint, puppet-making, printing, collage, paper-mache).  To book please text Tara (087 7455202) before next Tue 11th.

 

Speech & Drama will start on Friday 28th September 2018, in LSP.

Class Times:

Junior & Senior Infants – 1.10pm-2.10pm

Intermediate Group (1st & 2nd) 2.10pm-3.10pm

Senior Group(3rd-6th) 3.10pm-4.10pm

Cost €95 for 12 week term.

To book contact Lorraine 086 8485229

 

PTA Garden: The PTA have arranged another beautiful planted area in the school yard. The plants are specially chosen to appeal to the senses – scent, touch. 

The planted areas at the side of the school were cleared & painted ready for planting. Thanks to the efforts of a fewmembers of staff, past pupils and PTA.

We really appreciate their efforts and look forward to a busy year of planting and looking after the beds throughout the year.

            

 

 

Incredible Years Parent Programme

Children 3 years-8years (14 week course)

Starts on Thursday 13th September 2018 in Limerick Social Service Centre, Henry Street.

Time: 10am-12.30pm

For further information/booking contact liz.dunworth@issc.ie 061 314111.

COMMUNITY MOTHERS PROGRAMME

(Limited places available).

 

Kidz Code Clubs

 

A Kidz Code Club is interested in starting an after school activity in LSP depending on interest levels.. There is a minimum and maximum number so get your name in to Louise as soon as possible. The club will take children from 6 – 12 years old.

“IT Kidz Code Clubs are an enjoyable way to introduce coding to children. By creating games, animations and stories using Scratch the children are learning to code in a fun, interactive way. The code clubs run for 10 weeks and each child is awarded with a Certificate from the Irish Computer Society on completion of the term. The code club will run one hour a week after school (Wednesdays) and will cost €70 per child. Starting date will be Wednesday 19th September 2018″. 

 

 

 

        

Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre which is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and is co-financed by the EuropeanUnion’s Connecting Europe Facility.

At What Age Should I Allow my Child to Use Social Media?

Deciding at what age to allow your child to start using social media is a common dilemma for parents. In this article, we look at the different age restrictions on popular social media platforms and offer some advice for parents who are considering allowing their child to set up a profile for the first time.

Age restrictions vary across social media platforms; usually users should be no younger than 16 years old (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.). On Tinders users should be at least 18 years old.

Almost no services use robust age-verification processes. It is very easy to sign-up with a false date of birth. That said, they are pretty quick to delete the accounts of users when they discover they are underage.

Why 16 years old?

The introduction of the GDPR and the adopting of 16 as the Digital Age of Consent in Ireland came into effect on May 25th, 2018. The requirements of the GDPR state that “Where the child is below the age of 16 years, such processing shall be lawful only if and to the extent that consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child.”

The new regulations require members states to set a digital age of consent. The digital age of consent is the minimum age a user must be before a social media and internet companies can collect, process and store their data. The E.U. has set the age of consent to sixteen by default and member states are given the option of adopting a lower age, but it may be no lower than thirteen years. In Ireland, the Digital Age of Consent will be set at 16 when the Data Protection Bill 2018 is enacted.

An additional amendment to legislation has also been approved. The amendment declares it will be an offense for any company or corporate body to process the personal data of a child for the purposes of direct marketing, profiling or micro-targeting”.

Some services have already made changes to their terms of service ahead of the introduction of the GDPR, messaging app; WhatsApp has increased the minimum age, which was set at 13 years old, to 16 years old.

What are the Age Restrictions on Popular Social Networks?

What are the Key Things to Think about?

We know that some parents give permission to their underage-children to join services like Facebook and help them to set up accounts. They see putting in a false date-of-birth in the registration form as a white-lie that is necessary to access a safe-haven from the porn easily found on the rest of the web.
Ultimately, you need to decide if your child is equipped to deal with the interactions that arise from social networking. The pressure to ‘fit in’ and/or to ‘be popular’ can be intense. Romance, group dynamics, and bullying can contribute to creating choppy waters that even adults find difficult to navigate.

We have a rough rule of thumb. Is your child old enough to go into the city centre by themselves on the bus or train at the weekend? If not, then they probably aren’t ready to go on Facebook.

 

Best Practice for Parents

The best online safety strategy, regardless of the age of the user or the technology involved, is to talk with your children and to engage with their use of the Internet.

Remember, the chances of your child sharing their online experiences with you will be greatly reduced if they think that telling you about a problem will result in them being banned from using the Internet!

Useful Links

Report an underage child on Facebook: facebook.com/help/report