Headteacher's Roundup 23 November 2018
Staff at Chinthurst are constantly updating their knowledge, particularly in the ever changing world of IT. This term we have all received INSET training from our experienced computing lead George McWilliams. Mr McWilliams is a trained CEOP Ambassador, which enables him to educate us with regard to online safety. Later in this academic year we will be holding an information evening for parents on this topic. You will also see a new feature appearing monthly in the Chronicle starting after Christmas. It will be an article by Mr McWilliams filled with useful advice and tips to help support parents at home.
One of our recent INSET topics focussed on what children are doing on line with specific emphasis on the Apps they are using. Mr McWilliams discussed the benefits this technology brings, what the children like about these apps and the hidden dangers. It is important that we educate the children in our care and recognise that there are so many worthwhile aspects of the online world. However, we all have a duty to help them stay safe. It was alarming to discover how many popular Apps currently in use the staff did not recognise. Many of the teachers went home after the INSET and spoke to their own children about what they were using on their phones, computers or tablets. I would strongly advise that all parents do the same.
The NSPPC website www.nspcc.org.uk/.../keeping-children-safe/online-safety is a great source of information, as is the ‘think you know’ site www.thinkuknow.co.uk. Both have areas of guidance regarding Apps and crucially how to set up privacy settings to help keep your child safe.