Wednesday, 19 September 2007

An Internet Safety Game

Here is a link to a game that gives clear, good advice to children about their Internet usage. I will play it with the Grade 5 during class. I have put it here so that all the parents can see it too.
Click here to play

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

How much sleep is your child getting?

Today the Grade 5 teachers asked the question:
What time did you get to sleep last night?
Three of the students answered after 12.00am! Here is a link to an important online article about sleep
When the teachers asked why those three students were up so late on a school night, the answers were, 'Playing on the Internet' and 'Watching a DVD'.
Here is a quote from the article:
"But just because you can stay up late, doesn't mean you should, scientists say. Young people who don't get enough sleep are often late for school, or they miss it completely, says a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Sleepy kids tend to be cranky and unhappy. And their grades suffer."
As the class teachers, we recommend to go to bed no later than 9.00pm.

Friday, 7 September 2007

The Dangers of Chatting

I found this video online today. I do not like chatting at all! I do not encourage chatting. Please watch this film with your child. I will also watch it with the class next week.

Thursday, 6 September 2007

The Minature Earth

This video is worth watching and discussing with your child.

IAD ... What's that?

Hi Grade 5 Parents,
What is IAD? Internet Addiction Disorder. Here is a link to an online quiz to check if your child is in danger, click here IAD QUIZ
What do you do if you child has a high score?
1. Limit the time online - 90 minutes a day maximum in total with a break after each 30 minutes.
2. Make sure that your child is doing school work and not just playing.
3. Don't put your child's computer in their bedroom. An area like the living room is better as you can monitor their online usage more easily.
4. Learn to make a blog yourself so that you can better understand how your child is using the Internet.
5. Talk to your child about what they have done online. Know what they are up to.

Welcome to the Virtual World

Hi Parents of Grade 5, I have made this blog for you. I will update the posts here from time to time. Firstly thank you for taking the time to check this out. I really recommend to make a blog. If you have trouble, ask your child to show you how. They will love to show you what to do. Please leave a comment if you have a blog so that I can link it to this one.