We are delighted to provide children with the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to deliver our curriculum. Inevitably however, the online world develops and changes at great speed. New opportunities, challenges and risks are appearing all the time. It is difficult to stay up to date with the latest devices, platforms, apps, trends and related threats. We understand the responsibility and importance of focusing on the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that can help pupils to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app. Many parents and carers wish to continue this education at home. To support you in this, we have collated a few important websites to refer to.
The National Online Safety group have published the following useful guide on ways we can all work towards stopping online hate together:
This can also be viewed below as a pdf document:
Parents can find the most up to date guides from National Online Safety on a range social media apps and platforms below. They include information about each app and useful tips to help keep children safe.
Thankyou to all the parents who attended this week’s e-safety workshop. Looking at a range of websites and advice alongside the children, the parents worked together to create a list of Top Tips we shall be sharing with everyone.
Some of the positive feedback we received:
”It was useful to be able to look at info relating to social media, apps, etc”
”It’s good to do with your child so they believe you! Often when you tell them no to having an on-line account, they don’t understand the reason why”
”It was wonderful to see how involved the children at Westacre are in developing their knowledge and skills in/around e-safety”
West Mercia Police Cyberbullying Campaign
West Merica Police have publised a range of materials about cyberbullying. These include advice sheets for parents. Click the links below for more information:
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.
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:
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.
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 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.