It was brilliant to see so many parents in school after the end of the normal day to join in with our latest Computing Showcase. They spent 45 minutes sharing in what their children have been learning in their Computing lessons, which included work in J2E, Scratch and Beebem as well as looking at the Think U Know website.
As you may be aware, the latest digital craze sweeping the globe is the Pokemon Go app game. You may want to find out more information about this game and about what advice to give to your children. Please do click on the links below with this aim in my mind:
Digital Parenting Magazine
Check out the latest edition of the Vodafone Digital Parenting magazine, which is full of useful articles about online safety.
How do I set up parental controls?
Some parents have asked about ways of setting up parental controls on devices that use the internet at home. Here are some recommendations:
Sucessful Safety Messages Make the News
Yet again, our school's efforts with online safety have received recognition in the local press. Click the link below to see the report on the county-wide poster competition that we organised and judged.
Westacre sets up county-wide initiative
Click the link below for further information about a wonderful event being led by Westacre, which aims to increase awareness of online safety across Worcestershire.
Safer Internet Day 2016
As part of our commitment to E-Safety at Westacre, we will again be taking part in Safer Internet Day 2016 (further information can be found in the E-Safety section of the Children tab of this website). To go alongside this event, the following information document has been released for parents and carers.
National Awareness of our E-Safety Drive
Our school's recent push with E-Safety has again been recognised as innovative practise by experts in the field of Computing and online safety. Catshill Learning Partnerships, who work with schools and police forces across the country to raise awareness of being safe with technology, have used our latest idea of Computing Showcases as an example that other schools should follow.
Year 5 Parents Computing Showcase & E-Safety Session
Thank you to the many parents (and other family members) of our Year 5 pupils who gave up some of their own time to find out more about what the children have been learning and creating in their Computing lessons, as well as to discuss in more detail how we can work together to ensure the safety of children online.
It was great to see so many enthusiastic children showing off the webpages they have created on J2E, as well as some of the coding and e-safety learning they have done this term. Many of the adults were being taught new skills by the children!
As part of a session with Mr Barber and Mr Laniosh (our school ICT consultant), parents then looked in more detail about the dangers of the Internet and ways to protect children online so that they can enjoy the many wonders of the world wide web. Thank you to all of the adults who came along for their positive feedback, which included comments such as:
"All areas were useful"
"The videos shown were very good"
"Thank you. Very helpful"
"Very informative. Thank you"
"It's made me more aware. Will talk more to my daughter about e-safety."
We are keen to run sessions like this again in the future for other parents. Details to follow soon.
Superfast Broadband - are you Netwise?
High speed fibre broadband is now being made available across Worcestershire. To help inform communities about this and to ensure everyone uses the facility in a fun, secure and safe way, Superfast Worcestershire has been set up as a partnership between Worcestershire County Council and BT. They have produced leaflets to go home from school giving families information about the high speed broadband, as well as how to stay safe online.
Updated E-Safety Policy
All of our children have now looked at and discussed our school's new E-Safety policy. They have agreed to a set of rules to help keep them safe when using technology at school and signed a class E-Safety charter that will be displayed in their classroom. Please spend some time reading through the key points to this policy with your children to help reinforce these messages.
Social Networking Guides
Please have a look at these very useful checklists, which give parents many answers to the questions they may have about the main social networking sites.
In the news .... again!
Here is the report that has gone into the local newspapers about the recent visit from our Police Commissioner to meet some of our digital leaders.
In recognition of our efforts with E-Safety, the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore came in to school recently to meet some of our pupils and hear about the e-safety webpages they have been creating, the activities they took part in during Safer Internet Day and how they are teaching other pupils and adults about online safety. Bill was impressed with what we are doing as a school and was full of praise in particular for Finley C, Freya, Isabel J and Lily-Mai from Year 5 who spoke to him with such confidence and knowledge.
Parents E-Safety Presentations
During this school year, we have now run E-Safety sessions for parents of children in all year groups. Thank you very much to those adults who attended any of these sessions and for joining us in partnership preparing your children for a future where computers, technology and the internet will play a massive role.
Here is some of the feedback from parents about the meetings:
- Very useful info/leaflet. Very useful and informative. Another Esafety please. As my children are 9 at the moment, some of the presentation was not relevant BUT it is very important that I am one step ahead - so thank you.
- A yearly session might be helpful as our children and the online world are changing/growing. It's also getting the message across to parents that this is really important and we need to know more!
- Made me think more anti-virus, privacy settings and dialogue. Parental settings and ways of discussing issues with children.
- Didn't realise there were parental controls on game consoles - good info I can use as a recap. Fantastic presentation. All covered - thank you.
- The jigsaw video was brilliant and a very strong message for children.
- Very useful info. But realise I must read up more about the subject.
- A very informative, thought provoking presentation.
For those of you who haven't been able to attend a presentation yet, do keep a look out for future events and look through the rest of this section of our website for more advice and resources.
Westacre in the News
Our school's current focus on e-safety has hit the headlines! In a recent edition of the Droitwich Standard, an article reported on the activities we carried out during Safer Internet Day, as well as how our children have been creating their own webpages around the theme of online safety. Open the file below to see the actual article.
In today's digital world, we realise that knowing how to safe online is vitally important.
At Westacre we run an ongoing programme of education for pupils and parents covering all aspects of online safety including personal privacy, social media, cyber-bullying, gaming and digital literacy. As well as the resources below, we run regular e-safety training sessions for parents.
Our pupils will be developing their own e-safety micro-site which you can visit here (coming soon).
As parents, you can view and download the following useful resources that can help you and your children stay safe online. Please contact the school if you have any issues relating to child safety.
1. Discuss as a family how the Internet will be used in your house. Consider what information should be kept private (such as personal information, photos etc) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
2. Discuss using strong passwords with your child so they understand how they can protect their online accounts. It is important they know they need to keep their passwords safe and not share them with anyone or use the same password for several accounts. If your child’s account is 'hacked' make sure they change their password and report any suspicious activity.
3. Install antivirus software, secure your Internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact. Always remember that parental control tools are not always 100 per cent effective and sometimes unsuitable content may get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
4. Consider locating your computers and laptops in a family area where children’s online activity can be monitored. Supervise the use of webcams and any applications or devices which allow voice or video chat. Also consider the use and location of other devices which allow internet access such as tablets, mobile phones and games consoles.
5. Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the Internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together with your child can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour online.
6. Always ensure your child knows how to block and report people online who may send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply and to keep any evidence.
7. Make sure your child knows that it is important to tell an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
8. Be realistic. Banning the Internet or websites often will not work and it can make a child feel less able to report a problem or concern, so education around safe use is essential.
For more information and guidance to https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk