Frequently Asked Questions
How much time will my child spend on a computer?
What will my child be using a computer for?
Children in Years 1-3 use carefully selected educational games on the internet or ipad app. They also take photos and record video of their learning activities.
From Year 4 children learn how to use a range of Google based tools - staring with Google Docs and Slide Shows. They will also be using Mathletics at school and at home to practice basic facts and mathematical concepts.
Children are taught to use the internet to find the answers to their questions. They will be researching online.
A small number of children also use internet based applications such as Lexia to support their literacy learning. These children should be accessing Lexia for 10-30 minutes per day, depending on their age.
Why does the ICT user agreement need to be signed every year?
Are children allowed to use their devices during break times?
Why isn't the ICT User Agreement written in a way that young children can understand?
What should parents say to their children about the ICT User Agreement?
We ask that parents talk with their children about the ICT Agreement when signing, even if it is just to make clear to your 5 year old that computers and ipads at school are for learning and that the teacher is in charge of how they will be used.
Older children will need to participate in a different discussion at home; perhaps around the topics that they search the internet for, or appropriate use of a device camera to film or take photos. As parents you know your children best, and the concerns you have for their use of technology and safety should guide the discussion that you choose to have around the ICT User Agreement.
Do teachers teach children how to use the internet safely?
Yes - this is an important part of the Ridgway curriculum.
What about cyber bullying?
Bullying of any kind must be dealt with immediately so that it stops. Teachers will cover cyber safety and online bullying as part of our normal teaching programme. If your child is the victim of inappropriate online behaviour, please contact their teacher.