Coronavirus & Remote Learning

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To all of our families,

You may have found your own, family rhythm and be finding this situation quite manageable.  However, you might be finding it challenging to keep the children going as lockdown goes on.  We understand that supporting your children with remote learning can be hard; it can be frustrating and draining in equal measures.   My advice to you right now is to do the best you can.  If you find that the government guidelines of three to five hours of education each day is a little too much sometimes, then take a little break.  Take it one day at a time – we all have up days and down days so don’t be afraid to let us know if you need to miss the odd lesson, the odd morning, the odd afternoon or even the odd day if you need to.  We are here to help. 

For me, what matters more than anything is that your child remains happy and feels supported.  We need to prioritise their well-being; this is the thinking behind our Friday fun days and screen-free afternoons.  I truly believe in our school ethos of educating hearts, educating minds; the truth is that the key to children doing well is how happy and secure they feel.  We need to look after their hearts right now.

Mrs Clarke

E-Safety

It’s never been more important to make sure you are helping to keep your child safe in the digital world. We want to help to put you in control and help you and your children understand the risks and stay safe online. First of all, it’s really important to get familiar with your child’s online habits through regular conversations. These are some of our favourite tips for having conversations about online safety with young children:

  • Start a conversation when your children will be more receptive and engaged, such as on the way from or to school.
  • Ask them for advice on how to do something online and use this as a conversation starter.
  • Make sure they know they can come to you if they’re upset by something they’ve seen online.
  • Be sensitive and encourage them when they share their online experiences with you.
  • If your child talks about an issue with you, stay calm and listen without judging them.

 

It is important that you also check that they know the rules to help them stay safe online:

  1. Don’t share personal information like their phone number or email address online.
  2. Only talk to real life friends or family if they are on sites with a social media element.
  3. Talk about online grooming and explain that people they meet online might not be who they say they are.
  4. Tell them to be a good online friend and not to say nasty things even if it’s just a joke.
  5. Use secure and legal sites to download music and games.
  6. Make sure they check with you before downloading any programs to avoid viruses.

You can find more help, advice and step by step guides at www.internetmatters.org. Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation created to help parents keep their children safe online.

https://nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/news-opinion/net-aware-reveals-risky-social-media-sites/

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