Year 6 is a time when they are the eldest members of the school community and they must be prepared to leave and join the secondary campus in the coming months. As well as visiting the secondary school at different points throughout the year, Year 6 students increasingly develop the number of online learning tools they use.
Technology in the classroom enables a wealth of learning opportunities and the potential to transform the educational experience that students receive. A laptop in a classroom is truly a powerful tool. However, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. Here at BIS we teach children how to interact with others both in person and through technology in a responsible and caring way. It forms a central part of our ICT and PSHE curriculum, but it is only successful when teachers work in tandem with parents.
Parents, how successfully can you answer the following questions?
Do you know which websites your child visited yesterday?
How many minutes of screen time did your child have at the weekend?
Which emails or messages did your child receive yesterday and what time did they read them?
Can you access your child’s laptop without them signing on?
Is your child an ‘administrator’ on the laptop they bring to school?
As a concerned parent, you should be able to answer these questions. Like all of us, children are learning how to navigate an increasing mix of in person and online interactions and they will make mistakes and they will need help. Please support your child as they develop into caring digital citizens and take an active interest in how they use technology. For more information the links below are excellent sites that can help.
Mike Martin, Year 6 Leader