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Willaston Church of England Primary School

E-Safety Letter And Resources

With over a half term of home learning since school was shut for the majority of parents, I hope that you are feeling positive about the successes you have achieved with your child’s home learning activities to date. It has been fantastic to see (and hear about!) all the learning and exciting experiences that have taken place!

Alongside our offline activities that have been set, and depending on the age of your child, you may also have access to online platforms such as Bug Club, Numbots and Times Table Rockstars. We have also highlighted a selection of fantastic free online resources that are available to support learning at home. These can be found on our twitter feed as well as on our website, under the ‘Home Learning’ tab.

You may have found yourself using the internet and online services more than ever during this period. Being online is providing a lifeline for everyone, whether it be for learning or for keeping in touch with friends and family. Therefore, it is a good time to remind ourselves and our children of a few key points to keep safe online.

Please see attached a handy top ten tips for online safety and remote learning. We have also included some other useful information for keeping our children safe during these unusual times.

Parental controls of internet usage

Whilst the internet and online services are providing invaluable resources to support home learning and periods of escapism for our children, it remains important to continue to monitor your child’s online activity and usage to ensure they are not spending too long on their screens or accessing inappropriate content.

Below are a series of sites which are useful:

https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/ - this is a useful tool that provides tips on setting parental controls for different apps, websites, social media and gaming sites.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - Advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/default.aspx - Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - Support and guidance for parents from the NSPCC

 

Keeping in touch and social media

In the current environment, many of us are using different ways to try and keep in touch with our family and friends. One app that has risen in popularity is the video messaging app, Houseparty. This is a 13+ so our children should not be accessing it outside of parent and carer supported calls. We have provided you with a simple guide on its usage for further information.

As a school, we also want to draw your attention to the Tik Tok app. Again, this has risen in popularity as a means to stay connected and relieve boredom. Please see the guide attached for further information on this app.

As and when, we will continue to provide you with information and support on how to balance your children’s use of the internet. As ever, if there are any apps or online services that come to your attention, please contact us so that we can look into them further and inform our school community.

Take care of each other and thank you for your continued support.

Mr Graham



Date: 21 May 2020