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HOW & WHEN TO BE ONLINE TO LEARN

For those parents/carers with children accessing Google Classroom (or GC as we call it!), it is especially important to be clear on:

  • what your child can and can’t do online
  • where they can use the internet
  • how much time they can spend online
  • the sites they can visit
  • the type of information they can share.

Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet – it is a good idea to set appropriate times so they are not using their devices late at night and you are ensuring they still get enough sleep!

ONLINE SAFETY
Google Classroom is a secure platform which only children on roll at The Welldon Park Academy can access. This stops external risks being presented to children. For example, nobody can pretend to be someone else and communicate with the children as the password and accounts are controlled through us. Names of children making comments are displayed too, with no option to delete comments. Within The Welldon Park Academy we know families and staff reinforce the importance of e-safety and good behaviour choices, but we know children do make mistakes.  As comments can be monitored by our staff, we always know what is being said and by who.

GOOGLE STREAM
In each classroom there is a stream that children can comment on. They can ask questions of their friends and staff from the Welldon Park Academy, but they unable to create new “posts”. For instance, they can comment on an assignment that has been posted to them if they need help or guidance on what to do next.

This way they can use Google Classroom as a safe place for them to communicate with their friends. It will reduce the need for them to use more open social media sites and a staff member is able to monitor all communication through The Welldon Park Academy.

MORE ONLINE SUPPORT
Staff will post links to suitable websites to support some research tasks to reduce the need to look elsewhere for information. Additionally, children can also comment individually on a piece of work as they submit it. Teachers can then feedback directly to children on that particular piece of work and list any areas they have excelled in or areas to look at again, providing instant feedback.

LOTS TO REMEMBER – WE CAN HELP!
We understand this is a different way or working so if you having any issues or have a query about Google classroom, please call the school office between 9:00am and 3:00pm and we can try and resolve this for you.

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Click here for information about our school E-Safety

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