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Free 'Esafety event for Parents' - 10th Feb

Know how to protect your children on the internet

You're invited to attend an important event that is free to all parents who want to keep up-to-date with esafety - ensuring your children are safe online. 

When: Tuesday 10th February at 6pm

Where: St Mary's School, Mongleath Road, Falmouth, TR11 4PW

What's it all about?

A free presentation focussing on the the dangers on the net such as cyberbullying, grooming, sexting and what happens to information when it is posted online.

Andy Trish, Director of NCI Technologies who is also the founder of www.esafetymatters.com a website focused on the internet safety of children throughout the world, will present you with the latest information on how to keep your children safe and what to look out for.

This isn’t your normal everyday lecture, it is focused on informing parents of the dangers associated with the internet whilst promoting the good things that can also be achieved.  Due to the hard hitting nature of some of the content we highly advise young children do not attend.

Andy will be bringing along an unsuspecting victim to help him present.

If you think you know it all, think again. At least 1 child in 5 in the UK alone is approached online by a stranger.  1 child in 2 worldwide admit to doing things online that their parents wouldn’t approve of. Most children will not tell their parents for fear of losing internet privileges.

Come along, bring a friend, keep your children safe online.

Will Google search changes leave your students vulnerable?

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How to ensure new search engine changes don't leave your students at risk...

What are http://www.seomofo.com/downloads/new-google-logo-official.png doing?

You may have heard that Google will be making some changes to their search engine forcing all Google searches to use SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption.  We expect other search engines such as Yahoo, will follow in their path over the coming months and make similar changes.

Why are Google doing this?

SSL helps protect your data. SSL encrypts the connection between your computer and Google to help prevent others (like Internet Cafes, Internet Service Providers and WiFi hotspots) from seeing the information you see on the search results page and your login information.

What will this mean for me and my students?

Once Google has made this change it will mean that internet filters used in schools will not be able monitor and protect students when they use Google, this is because they cannot see the encrypted search made by the user.  Because the content of the search is not visible to most internet filtering services this could allow students or staff to search for key words that are blocked by your filters and they can potentially be exposed to undesirable search results.

Good News! - If you're using NCI School Internet Services your students are protected!

If you're using the NCI Schools Internet Service (SIS) your product is being upgraded by NCI to ensure that your students still enjoy the internet with a content filter product that gives maximum protection to minimise the risk of undesirable content. Our upgrade will create a secure encrypted connection from your browser to a web page or website hosted at an HTTPS site.

What will I need to do?

In the majority of cases nothing! If you're using our Internet Service the upgrade will happen seamlessly in the background and you will not need to take any action. All devices that are managed on an NCI support contract through our SIS service will receive an SSL certificate which will be deployed remotely by NCI.

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But my device is not managed by NCI

If you are using an iPad or Android device that is not managed by NCI, you will need to install the certificate on your device and our engineers are ready to talk you through how to do this.

What happens if I do not have certificates applied to all devices used in school using the school’s internet?

If you do not install this certificate then if you use that device in school you will see an error on your screen every time you try to access a web site that uses https:// at the start of the address.

Who should I contact for further information?

If your an NCI SIS customer then you are protected already! But do This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information or have any concerns.

If you don't have our School Internet Service in place and want to ensure your web-filtering is effectively protecting your students then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with our team for helpful advice.

Read about: NCI's School Internet Services

 

School Tech Show for Cornwall 2015

Exciting News!
It's back this Summer
Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Your own mini-BETT show on your doorstep! 

NCI School Tech Show 2015
Tuesday 23rd June
@ Royal Cornwall Showground, Pavilion Centre, Wadebridge

FREE ENTRY 

Following the success of the 2014 show, NCI are excited to announce this years' Tech Show for Schools.  Your very own, mini-BETT, right on your doorstep and showcasing the latest technologies and services that can support your school, your teaching and your students to deliver great results.

We have the best in IT security and encryption, wireless, interactive touchscreens, PCs and tablets, mobile storage, ICT suites, digital animation, robots and much more.
Plus, great speakers and a free buffet!  It's going to be even better than before!

 

Last year you told us...

'Excellent show, looking forward to next year'
- IT Technician, St Columb Major Academy
 
'A great day'
- Chris Wild, Teacher and E-Safety Specialist, Constantine School    
       
'Great for Cornwall schools to have a local event'
- Jane McFall, Cornwall Learning

 

Pop the date in your diary!

We will be in touch with registration details and tech show news very soon!

The NCI School Tech Team

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Exciting News! - School Tech Show for Cornwall

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Don't miss Cornwall's own exciting
'School Technology Show' 

Thursday 10th July 2014, 10am- 5pm

@ Royal Cornwall Showground, Pavilion Centre, Wadebridge  

FREE ENTRY 

For:

Head Teachers, Teachers, Business Managers, ICT Co-ordinators and Managers, Teaching Assistants, Governors and in fact anyone with an interest in ICT for schools.  

Why attend? 

Meet leading IT experts and explore and try out exciting technologies at Cornwall's own mini-BETT style show - to empower teaching and learning. From IT security, wireless and e-safety to the latest in Interactive Tech Solutions, Mobile Storage, Greenscreening and Digital Animation. We have it all!

Win Prizes too! - for you and your school by attending presentations and visiting the show.

Free lunch - book your lunch when you register.

Click to: Find out more

How to register:

Whether you're attending the whole day or just popping in to hear a presentation or explore the exhibition, let us know you're coming.  We will keep you up-to-date with the latest news on exhibitors joining the show and the presentation schedules.

Click to: Register now

Or Register via cornwalllearningonline.co.uk - course code IT6 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

We look forward to seeing you there.
Best wishes,

The NCI School Tech Team

 

NCI success story- Marlborough School rated OFSTED 'Outstanding'

Congratulations to all staff and pupils at Marlborough Primary School...

for joining the elite group of schools to receive the top Ofsted rating under its new grading system - we're so proud of you!

Marlborough School have been a triumphant success story for NCI, first agreeing to trial our new school internet services and soon evidencing significant ICT developments.  The school benefited from a Superfast boost to internet services which empowered teaching and learning.

NCI supported Marlborough with a complete school internet service including advanced web-content filtering, e-safety support meeting OFSTED 'outstanding' guidelines, Office 365, a move to Superfast Fibre Broadband and much more...click the link below for details:

READ: Marlborough School - Success Story

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NCI rescued Calstock School from lost internet

 Calstock School's superfast rescue by the NCI team ended their 2 weeks downtime without internet

Calstock Community Primary School lost their internet connection and were stuck without access for over 2 weeks when their provider failed to reconnect them. 

NCI Technologies came to the immediate rescue when Calstock School contacted them having received a positive referral from one of NCI’s school clients.  Andy Trish, Education Director at NCI, met promptly with the School Secretary and Head Teacher to discuss the options and presented them with details of the advanced Netsweeper web filtering and reporting system which adheres to Ofsteds ‘outstanding’ guidelines for E-Safety.

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Teens aged 14 and 15 most at risk online

McAfee and Anti-bullying alliance found...

Teenagers aged 14 and 15 are most likely to be at risk from harm on the internet, according to research.

A tenth of them have been approached by an adult stranger online and half had then sent the stranger inappropriate material.

Read more...

The danger in sending photos from your phone

Anyone who sees your digital photos, can trace your whereabouts and your children's too!

The latest phones on the market now compete to have the best cameras and video facilities.  Each device having bigger storage capacity and unlimited access to the internet with great links to social media sites such as facebook, Twitter etc.  But have you considered the dangers associated with sending photo's from a mobile phone?

You may have seen programmes where the police have tracked peoples movements by their phone records, or you may simply use a map feature to find your way around town.  Nearly every mobile device on the market today has a GPS feature that most of us never consider configuring.

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Awards for ICT & E-safety Students

School pupils to be awarded ICT Student of Year and E-Safety Champions

This year we will reward two outstanding pupils per school for their achievements in ICT throughout 2013.

As part of our managed ICT services to schools throughout Cornwall and the UK, we have provided schools with an ICT Student of the Year Award and also a Best E-Safety Student rosette to present to their star pupils.

Andy Trish, Education Director says;

‘Supporting ICT education and child safety is the heart of what we do, so witnessing and rewarding the achievements of pupils is truly inspiring’.

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South West Finalists for National ESET Cybersmart Awards 2013

Thank You everyone for voting for us...   

We were absolutely thrilled to have received such a fantastic public voting response to our entry for the ESET CyberSmart Awards and such great feedback on our newly launched resource site esafetymatters.com.

 

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The ESET CyberSmart Awards is the UK’s first competition to recognise individuals and organisations in the UK that are working on projects to keep people secure online – meaning we can all enjoy the benefits of the Internet in a safe way. Our entry also highlighted the presentations our Director, Andy Trish has delivered over the last 12 months, on the dangers of the internet to over a hundred schools in Cornwall alone. Andy has spoken to primary and secondary school children at the various stages of their internet learning experiences and also delivered workshops for their parents/carers.

Many thanks for all your votes which secured our place as Finalists for the South West, and we were invited alongside 11 other finalists nationwide to the Award Ceremony at the Birmingham Science Museum.  The panel of judges from ESET, UK Safer Internet Centre and the Daily Telegraph selected the overall winner and 2 runners up to receive awards and grant funding to develop their projects in the community.

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Is your child really safe online? – Free talk for Parents/carers

NCI Technologies Ltd are joining forces with Penryn College Cornwall this month to raise awareness about the dangers of the internet and how to stay safe online, through a series of talks to parents, pupils and the wider community.

Andy Trish, NCI’s Director of Education and NSPCC Childline Schools Service Programme Volunteer has been talking to all pupils at Penryn College this week to raise their awareness of the dangers on the internet and who to talk to if they are worried or need help. The important topics of cyber-bullying, grooming, sexting, identity theft and phishing are covered through powerful child-centred videos, and pupils can volunteer to take part in an ‘every person matters’ role play to highlight the effects of bullying.

Andy advises “A parent or teacher who understands the dangers and takes an interest in the child's virtual life is much more likely to build that trust relationship that is so needed if things go wrong”.

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What happens on the web in 30 seconds?

A mere snippet of time, not nearly enough to read this news item and yet the superfast world of the net has clocked up a staggering amount of connections and data from us, by us and about us.  How then, are we protecting ourselves from being so exposed?

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Addition of e-safety to primary school curriculum would be breakthrough for children

Today, the Government has proposed changes to the national curriculum including adding e-safety to the primary school (KS1 and KS2) national curriculum.  This is great news as addressing issues such as cyber-bullying and e-safety at this early age can help protect children as they increase their use of the internet and social networking throughout their school years.

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