We have enjoyed a productive week, with a focus on Technology and how it is used within the wider context of school and then more specifically within classroom settings. Our BYOD initiative is working well, with students better able to integrate technology into their lessons, learning the processes of augmentation and modification as opposed to using their devices simply as research and presentation tools.
The opportunities for our children to learn how to use hardware or software effectively and safely, is of paramount importance, since they will need to have the skills to remain up to date within their future workplaces. Of course, technology also plays an essential role in communication, on local and global scales and this requires the children to be aware of the hazards they potentially face as social media users.
The systems that we use within school, ensure that the children are prevented from accessing harmful material and our e-safety curriculum provides children with the knowledge that they need to protect themselves whilst online.
What can you do as a parent?
We have provided opportunities for parents to attend e-safety workshops this year and we would urge you to attend one of these in the future, if you are unaware of how to check your children’s safe usage of the internet at home, or need advice on how to put parental locks on your devices. Please see the YouTube reference below, which demonstrates how you can block harmful searches through Google:
For younger children, internet content filtering tools and safe search settings can be a good way to prevent them stumbling across unsuitable adult content and restrict the amount of time they can spend on devices.
It gets harder to implement filters and restrictions as children grow up and have access to their own technology and data plans, but families can explore a range of options that include:
- Setting parental controls on a specific device
- Restrictions at the router or modem level to limit the time online through device ‘scheduling’ settings
- Routinely changing the Wi-Fi password and only giving access at times when your child is doing homework or in line with your routines.
Most modern operating systems for computers, tablets and smartphones have parental controls so it’s a good idea to become the ‘administrator’, setting up parental controls perhaps via a separate account.
Technology has an essential role to play within our society, so let us work together to ensure that our children learn how to use it safely.
Thank you all for your continued support. Enjoy your weekend.