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How your son or daughter uses ICT at school

ICT at Ash Hill is taught as a subject in its own right and also supports students’ Learning in other subjects, including English and Mathematics.

Within ICT lessons students learn to use a wide range of ICT including:

  • Word Processing to write essays, news articles or letters
  • Databases to record information, e.g. GCSE data handling project
  • Spread sheets to create tables, charts and graphs
  • Desktop Publishing to design posters, leaflet sor cards
  • Multimedia Presentation to present text, pictures, sound and video
  • Drawing Programs to create pictures and designs in Art and Technology lessons
  • Internet and CD-ROMs to access research for project work
  • Email to contact friends in another school and email coursework to teachers
  • Digital Cameras to record what they have done in class or on a field trip
  • Electronic Sensors to record changes in light, sound and temperature
  • Control software to give instruction and make something happen
  • Simulations to explore real and imaginary situations
  • Website Publishing to create their own websites
  • Video Conferencing to share ideas or ask an expert.

All students are also taught about e-safety within the ICT syllabus and during Assembies durting the year.

Using the Internet Safely at Home

To keep safe they should:

  • use websites recommended by teachers and use a student friendly search engine
  • consider who created a website and possible bias with in information
  • only email people they know (why not consider setting up an address book?)
  • exercise caution before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
  • use Internet chat rooms, websites, instant messaging etc with caution and know How to block and report unwanted users
  • not use their real name when using games or websites on the Internet, (create a nickname)
  • never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family Online including home address, phone or mobile number
  • never email your school name or a picture in school uniform (even to a friend)
  • never arrange to meet anyone alone, and always tell an adult first and meet in a Public place
  • only use a webcam with people they know
  • tell an adult they trust immediately if they encounter anything they are unhappy with
  • report concerns to the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
  • avoid using websites they feel they could not tell you about
  • be aware comments they make on Blogs and Wikis can be Viewed by others

Using these rules

Go through these rules with your son or daughter and pin them up near to the computer. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites they are visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure them that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them. Create a dialogue and arela tionship of mutual respect as far as the Internet is concerned. For further information go to:

CEOP: www.ceop.gov.uk

Designated e-Safety Lead:

Mr. Reynolds

Some other Usefull Websites

ThinkUKnow: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Digizen: www.digizen.org