For Parents

Library Policies

Policies about using our library and the collection are explained fully on the Policies page.

Parent Session: Break the Boredom with Books (Dec. 13 2018)

Parent Session: Parenting and Technology (March 15, 2018)

Slides from Steve Hisler's presentation with parents are here.

Parent Session: Online Safety and Digital Citizenship

November 2017 - Fifth graders worked with a large group of parents on the issues surrounding digital citizenship. The workshop format that included students, parents and teachers allowed for multiple perspectives to be explored in the areas of multi-tasking/distraction and digital footprint. Students documented their discussions using a thinking routine called the Four C’s. See the presentation slides below and visit Common Sense Education for more detailed guidance on these topics.

Page last updated: June 6, 2019

ICL Learning Outcomes

At the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, the WIS Primary School released its Information and Communication Literacies Learning Outcomes for students in grades 1 through 5. The Outcomes have been revised twice since then and are applied throughout the school. 

Search Engines for Kids

The next time your child wants to jump on Google, why not try a search engine aimed at kids? (Note these are not filters, but rather they guide students to appropriate sites.) Here are some good ones:

  • WebPath Express - WIS subscription to excellent pre-screened web sites. Access it from our online library catalog.
  • SweetSearch - sites are pre-selected by research experts at Dulcinea Media.

Students who have not yet learned how to evaluate web sites for credibility, bias, currentness, etc. are discouraged from using Google to search. However, if you use Google at home you may want to use their "Safesearch" option, a a filter to prevent explicit content in its search results. 

Parenting in the Digital Age 

Common Sense Media - a site for parents of children of all ages that rates the latest video games, apps, movies, websites, etc. for content. for Parents - Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre. It provides resources and advice on internet safety topics, including cyberbullying and privacy.

NetSmartz for Parents - Advice for parents, including how to recognize dangers and increase self-confidence whenever kids go online. - Tocomail is a free email client for Gmail with optional parental controls available for a fee through inapp purchase.