12:00pm Friday 18th January 2013
A NORTHWICH school is making internet safety its top priority with an online safety event this month.
Witton Church Walk CE Primary School is taking the initiative in trying to ensure that children are using the internet safely, holding a special ‘Keeping children safe online’ event on January 28.
Year five and six pupils have also been provided with their own Android tablet computers for them to use in class.
“We do a lot of work in school to help children learn how to keep safe online but we know that many parents feel they know less than their children about new technology,” said headteacher Kathryn Magiera.
To combat this, the school is inviting parents and carers of its students to attend a free internet safety information evening.
Teacher Gino Rushton, Cheshire West and Chester Council IT consultant Mark Aspden and an PCSO from Northwich NPU will be leading the event at the school, which takes place at 6pm on January 28.
As well as parents of pupils, members of the Northwich community are also invited to attend the event.
Mr Rushton, Year five teacher, said: “We place great emphasis on utilizing new technology to enhance and enrich learning experiences. This includes all Year five and six pupils having access to their own Android tablet computer.”
As well as teaching the children about technology, the tablets are allowing pupils to access multimedia software, educational games and applications, with children even helping to draw up their own user agreements for the tablets.
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