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2019 Digital Citizenship Parent Coffee Morning

“Kids are growing up in a digital playground, and no-one is on duty.” - Kevin Honeycutt.

Well, that’s not the case for BIS HCMC children as we found out at this week’s Coffee Morning which focused on the important topic of Digital Citizenship.

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Digital citizenship is an area that we take very seriously here at BIS HCMC. To highlight its importance, the latest of our coffee mornings here on the Junior Campus provided tips for how you, as parents, can help ensure your child is not only staying safe online but also being respectful members of the digital world. If you missed it, read on to get an idea of the message…

Luke Dyer, our ICT Coordinator here at BIS HCMC Primary School, held a coffee information morning for more than 80 parents on Thursday; during which he outlined the importance of being vigilant when overseeing the digital usage of our children. It was a great turn out, especially from our friends at the Early Years and Infant Campus, and a strong message was shared. Not to put too negative a spin on technology, Mr. Luke explained how we can create an atmosphere of responsibility in our families when it comes to online access. First, as children being responsible consumers of information found on the Internet, but also us as parents being accountable for having conversations with our children about the ways they are using that content.

Most importantly was the relationship between school and home when discussing how to keep our children safe online. As Mr. Luke said during the coffee morning, “It takes a village to raise a digital child”. With all areas of our school, the attributes which make up our Aide Memoire provide us with a solid understanding of how we should be approaching an understanding of Digital Citizenship. Through integrity, care and respect, moral characteristics will be developed both within the physical and digital environments, enabling all of our students to become true digital citizens within a global context. Some wonderful tips Mr. Luke shared with us were:

  1. Set ground rules early when discussing personal devices
  2. Consider making screen time an earned activity – do your chores, then you can have your device
  3. Monitor what your child is doing online – often
  4. Have a space where all devices are left overnight – that includes you
  5. Designate a space in your home where devices can be used – not the bedroom
  6. Be the parent! It will get tough enforcing your expectations, but don’t relax those expectations!
There is nothing to be afraid of if you are taking the time to create that relationship with your child in their digital world and have clear expectations of how they should be living in it. Mr Chris McKelvie, Deputy Headteacher

As we mentioned, it is a big wide world out there, but there is nothing to be afraid of if you are taking the time to create that relationship with your child in their digital world and have clear expectations of how they should be living in it – we will certainly be doing our bit at school to ensure this. For further information, please have a look at the slides from the morning which can be found here. Enjoy your family time online!

Mr Chris McKelvie, Deputy Headteacher