Computer Skills and Internet Safety
Since 2009, Gowran National School has had Interactive Whiteboards and laptops. When we first got the whiteboards and projectors, it opened up a new virtual world for Gowran School. It’s helped with work for the pupils. The boards show us what is on the teacher’s laptop when the teachers might tell her class to look up at the map of the world being projected on the whiteboard. It is important to us that pupils can not only develop their computer skills but also develop awareness of how to use the internet and technology safely. The pupils from third class upwards will undertake lessons from the Department of Education programme 'Webwise' over the course of the year.
Top 10 Safety Tips for Parents
- Discover the Internet together Be the one to introduce your child to the Internet. For both parent and child it is an advantage to discover the Internet together. Try to find web sites that are exciting and fun so that together you achieve a positive attitude to Internet exploration. This could make it easier to share both positive and negative experiences in the future.
- Agree with your child rules for Internet use in your home Try to reach an agreement with your child on the guidelines which apply to Internet use in your household. Here are some tips to get started:
- Discuss when and for how long it is acceptable for your child to use the Internet
- Agree how to treat personal information (name, address, telephone, e-mail).
- Discuss how to behave towards others when gaming, chating, e-mailing or messaging.
- Agree what type of sites and activities are OK or not OK in our family.
Older children using social networking sites like Facebook should be selective about what personal information and photos they post to online spaces. Once material is online you can no longer control who sees it or how it is used.
Teach your social networking teenagers how to use and apply the privacy and security settings of the site. All responsible sites have a Safety Centre and a Block and Reporting system. Learn together with your teen how to use the safety and security settings of the site.
There is an informal code of conduct for the Internet. As in everyday life, there are informal ethical rules for how to behave when relating to other people on the Internet. These include being polite, using correct language and not yell at (write in capital letters) or harass others. Also, children as well as grown ups should not read other’s e-mail or copy protected material.