Online Learning and E-Safety
19th March 2020
We understand this is a difficult and uncertain time for all of us. At The Dales, staff are committed to ensuring we are as supportive as possible to you and your families. Below are a list of resources and sites your children can access in addition to using their Home Learning Packs which have been distributed by class teachers.
However, as the resources below are all accessible online, this is a good opportunity to remind you of the importance of e-safety and the tools available to you to help protect your children whilst online.
Talk To Your Children
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
Rather than being anti-social, lonely and isolating, when used correctly screens can be social, connecting and creative. Playing games together, looking up new places to visit or using them to aid with home learning can be great ways of using the internet. However, the blue lights used in screens can affect your brain's ability to 'switch off', therefore making sleep difficult which will affect the routine you will be trying to keep at home for your child.
Parental Controls and Privacy
We know a large proportion of our children access apps and social media through their mobiles and tablets.
You can find further information on apps, their age ratings and need to know information for parents at www.net-aware.org.uk
If you receive your internet through BT, Sky, Virgin Media or TalkTalk, you can find instructions on how to add parental controls to selected devices which use your WiFi through this link
Remember, this will not apply to mobiles which use data instead of WiFi to access the internet, these would have to be applied independently through the individual devices.
We would also recommend checking the privacy settings in any apps your children use to ensure they are appropriately protected.
Reporting and Support
If you, or your child, find yourself in the position where something that has been seen online needs to be reported, this can be done through CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection). Go to www.ceop.police.uk - CEOP are a branch of the National Crime Agency who specialise in the online protection of children. After receiving a report, they will contact you to discuss your concerns and decide how to proceed.
There is also support available for children and their parents affected by CyberBullying via the NSPCC.
Further Information on E-Safety
A useful leaflet from www.childnet.co.uk can be accessed here.
We can also recommend these websites:
Sites To Support Education At Home
A social story to help ease children's confusion and anxiety around school closures
A website on which teachers can set at home learning and activities for your child, as well as your child choosing their own. If this has not already been supplied by your child's teacher, it will be in due course.
A lovely way of keeping in touch with your child's teacher and sharing their learning at home
Twinkl are currently offering a month free to families who are affected by school closure. Twinkl is a site which offers plenty of academic and craft activities to aid in learning across the curriculum. To access your free month, go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS
Games to practice alphabet, numbers and shapes
A variety of educational games
Pintersest offers a multitude of sensory play and creative teaching ideas
Topmarks is an interactive site offering games to aid children in maths
Interactive games to support children in their phonics
A website which offers videos and pictures which can aid in inspiring writing and discussion
Although some of this site requires a subscription, it offers games and interactive resources for free
Subscribe for a 2 week free trial to access reading resources
Virtual tours can be accessed through this site
We have also now set up a Facebook page for parents to keep in regular touch, this can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/The-Dales-School-108745704090751/
We will continue to assess the schools opening on a daily basis until further notice but as always, the safety of our children is paramount. If we can support you and your family at all, or if there is anything you are unsure of when it comes to e-safety, please get in touch.