At Wherwell Primary School we recognize that in order to continue to prepare children for life in modern Britain, it is important that we provide them with the tools to protect themselves and to have thought provoking discussions especially in this very important area. For new generations, technology is part of their every day lives, therefore they need to be able to live with it in a sensible way.
In this section, you will find information about what activities are taking place at school in order to support the children and families on online safety. We will also include useful links that can be used by parents and children to keep safe.
Theatre Production "Don't pack up your troubles"
On the 26th of January 2016, the children had a visit from the Effectus Theater Company. They watched the piece called 'Don't Pack up your Troubles'. This is a very topical and challenging production, which hopes to provoke thinking amongst children on internet safety, the effects of cyber-bullying and how to act upon anything that worries children regarding the internet (stop, block, tell, forward). The story involved Billy. He has been packing away all his worries about being on the internet and carrying them around everywhere! So the action team, "The Web -Stoppers" help him as they unpack Billy's worries and try to think of a way to help keep him protected and safe online.
After the performance all the children returned to their classes where they had a good discussion with their teachers about what they have learned and how can they put it into practice. We also texted and e-mailed parents suggesting them to take this opportunity of discussing it with the children at home that evening -whilst it was fresh in their minds. To see some pictures of this production click here.
Here are some of the quotes from the children:
"I learned that you need to be 13 to open a Facebook account", Tom class 3
"If we are worried we tell our parents", Luciana class 5
"I don't talk to strangers in the shopping centre and in real life. Therefore, I should do the same on the computer" , Isabella class 3
If you have got some quotes from your children that you would like to share with us and all other families via our website, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a result from their discussion, here are some examples of what the children have been working on to help to get the message across and to act as constant reminders of the importance of e-safety.
E safety Presentation from HCC to Parents
On the 20th of November, parents from Wherwell Primary School had the opportunity to come along to a presentation from Hampshire County Council on E-Safety. This is a very important matter and we must all play a part in keeping our children safe, especially on the internet. Here is the presentation, we hope parents will find it useful. You can find the presentation under Key Information-Policies - E-safety guidelines or click here