Children and Tech – some useful reading

Common Sense Media have some reports and articles well worth a read.

Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image

Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance

Family contract for tech use in the home

 

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Digital Leaders go to Apple!

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On Tuesday 1st December, the Digital Leaders from Prep and Senior schools met ICT staff at Ashford Station. The excitement about the trip was contained behind the bleary-eyed 7am start, but they were soon on their way to Stratford International to visit the Apple Store Genius Bar.

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On arriving they were greeted with yellow field trip t-shirts, and shown the basics of using Keynote. The leaders then split into pairs and worked on presentations of their favourite apps and games.

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The Apple staff were amazed at how quickly the leaders picked up the skills, and all the presentations were showcased before each leader was given theirs on a fetching yellow USB wristband.

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Needless to say, the whole team had a great morning and there were some very jealous school friends on our return!

Rings Of Responsibility

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Year 4 learned about being good Digital Citizens this afternoon. After studying responsibilities on and offline for the three areas ‘self’, ‘friends and family’ and ‘larger community’, they sorted out a pile of Good Citizen Responsibilities into the correct 3 rings.

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Can you be like Year 4 and be a good Digital Citizen?

Lesson taken from Common Sense Media – Rings of Responsibility

Welcome back!

So we start a new school year, and the rollout of iPads
is due to commence for Year 5 & 6.
They have all studied keeping safe online over the last year,
but for parents who have any concerns,
I have put together a list of websites that are useful
both for restricting use and reporting issues.

CEOP-1lgc6uchttp://ceop.police.uk/
Twitter – @CEOPUK

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https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

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http://www.childnet.com/
Twitter – @CHILDNET

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http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

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http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers

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http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents/

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http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html

CommonSenseMedia

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns

 

End of term is upon us!

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As we approach the end of another great year, it is time for our Digital Leaders to pass on their knowledge to the new recruits.

An overwhelming number of children signed up for a role, and this year I have added roles for termly Class ICT Leaders.

The lucky recruits are as follows:

Digital Leaders 2015 – 2016:

Y3 – Nino D
Y4 – Jasper S
Y5 – Deven P
Y6 – Claudia D

Michaelmas Term Class ICT Leaders:

Y3 – Daisy W, Kaya B, Perdie I
Y4 – Abigail A, Zohha L, Alex F
Y5 – Connor S, Alan N, Misty I
Y6 – Daisy K, Grace W, Gaby M

Congratulations and welcome to the team!