E-Safety Top Tips for accessing Home Learning
We recognise that much of the learning that has been sent home for pupils to access whilst they are not in school requires the use of digital technologies. As such, here are our top tips for keeping pupils safe whilst online:
1. Keeping Personal Information safe - Pupils will already have accounts for the main websites that we have asked pupils to use (such as Times Tables Rockstars, Numbots or School 360) these will be in the front of the books that were sent home. If you or your child is looking to access a different site, which asks you to ‘register’ or ‘sign up’, check the website looks safe to use. Having the ‘padlock’ symbol in the web address is a good sign the website is secure.
2. Supervise pupils’ research time - If pupils are carrying out research for an activity they are working on, we recommend children doing this in a family space, where you can discuss what they are researching and see the content they are viewing.
3. Set up parental controls - If you have not done so already, now is a great time to ensure all of your devices have appropriate parental controls. We recommend InternetMatters.org which has clear guides for almost all mobile/wifi networks, devices and including smart speakers.
4. Consider screen time - Whilst many activities can be completed online, these may not need access to a screen for all of the task. Pupils should make sure they take regular breaks away from devices. Check out these two links on, creating screen time balance and managing screen time in your family.
5. Avoid Social Media - Pupils will not need to discuss their learning with people in chat rooms or Social Media such as Discord or TikTok. We may signpost you to our YouTube Channels; we recommend pupils view these in a family environment, so that their viewing can be supervised.
6. Discuss your child’s use of the internet - Ensuring you have a good understanding of how your child uses technology and what content they are viewing is essential in keeping children safe, yet is not always an easy topic of conversation! Here are two clear guides to support you in having conversations with your children about their use of digital technology. 0-5 Guide 6-11 Guide
7. If you are unsure, seek advice - If the school has asked pupils to do a piece of learning, where you are not sure how to use the programme, please let us know. Equally, if you have other e-safety concerns or would like advice, please contact staff via Class Dojo and we will endeavour to find a solution.
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