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Learning From Home – Ministry of Education
This website contains advice and resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders spanning early learning through to senior secondary to support learning at home.
The resources include activities that parents can use with their children and young people alongside what teachers provide.
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5 Helpful Digital Citizenship Resources for Parents
Resource 1: Comparitech (Houseparty)
Houseparty is an app designed to try and provide a safer communication avenue through video calls. It only allows people to be added if they live nearby or are already contacts of the individual and is designed to be used by groups to videocall and communicate in a safer way. It has quite a few of the normal security issues regarding illicit material and predators but has tried to implement a few options and safety features unique to this app to minimize these risks. It also obviously has issues as most apps do regarding it will collect information from the user to use for advertisements. Not to mention some slight hints of party culture in its design and how it’s portrayed.
As such parents can consider it and investigate as they please as while it is better than some other options is still not ‘perfect.’
Resource 2: Netsafe
This resource is one I would greatly recommend for concerned or curious parents, it has a large variety of online resources discussing key apps, games and sites that students and teens might be using and some advice, knowledge and hints on them. It intends to try and not make parents experts but give parents the information they need about these different things so they can be helpful and more knowledgeable while ensuring the safety of their children.
It is however more aimed at older children and teens but is still a very useful resource for a variety of needs.
Resource 3: Ladders
The Ladders resource is a good one for helping parents to figure out how to maintain order and keep their children on track and in good habits when we are suddenly relying on online learning. It gives nine bits of advice to try and help with this. These bits of advice are; limit distractions, make a space for learning, maintain breaks, use video-calls with their friends, try to mix online and old fashioned learning, keep in touch with other parents, work on keeping the day as scheduled as possible.
Make sure your children are not treating this time as a vacation but… do allow time for fun. It goes into more depth on all these points and how to try and use them all together to make a productive and fun learning environment at home.
Resource 4: Kid’s Health
This resource is a simple one and covers lots of repeated but still valid concerns and points about social media and ensuring safety on it. It goes into the good, but also the bad regarding predators, advertisements not meant for them, cyberbullying and to a lesser extent mentions of the feeling of not matching up to their peers. The messages, while repeated, in many comments about social media go into being nice, thinking about what you say, don’t add strangers, use privacy settings as well as trying to make a clear statement on how what is said online can haunt you and is never truly gone. While these are said a lot, it is important the message is heeded to ensure safety and smart behaviour online.
Resource 5: Internet Matters
This is another resource with a video designed to help parents assist their children and teens navigate the developing online world of apps and social media. It has numerous articles on different aspects of this to try and provide a hub of information. Unlike some of the others it also advises helping kids learn what parts of the online world are positive and good influences to them, and which are not and therefore what they should disconnect from. Another concept it proposes is giving them a point at night from which they do not access their phone to try and regulate them and stop them gaining an overpowering instinctive urge to check. As such while it may repeat some notes and advice given by other resources, it is a very useful resource to help parents regulate and keep their children interacting positively and safely with the new tech filled world.