For Parents

Parent Session: Promoting a Passion for Reading (Oct 20, 2016)


Parent Session: Online Safety and Digital Citizenship

April 14, 2016 - 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.

Parent Session with Grade 5: Online Safety and Digital Citizenship

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 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 by logging in (follow the steps on the Online Resources page).
  • SweetSearch - sites are pre-selected by research experts at Dulcinea Media.
  • KidsClick - Kent State University librarians select and catalog web sites appropriate for children.

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. 


Parent Session: Research in the PS Upper Grades

On February 20, 2014, many parents attended a session in the library in which the PS approach to teaching and learning research skills was presented. Two sets of slides were used during the presentation. The first, Research in the PS Upper Grades, explain WIS' outcomes and strategy. The second, Online Resources, describe each of the subscription online resources accessible to our students. These online resources are collected here and passwords are available from a link at the top of that page.

Parent Session: Parenting in the Digital Age

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11keY-0UhozTNXRrwqWBVp6kPmFr6ZUMk7OFY4XgR2XE/edit?usp=sharing

This talk was updated and held again with many parents on November 14, 2014. Here are the updated slides.


On December 12, 2013, several parents attended a parent session where guidelines were shared on how to develop a family plan for safely and effectively using digital technology. You can view the presentation slides and review the resource listing at the right side of this page. Please let us know if you have any ideas or questions.

Page last updated: August 27, 2017

Technology Use Policies, 2016-2017

In September, WIS's Technology Use Policies were explained in class, sent home and returned signed by parents and children. The policies are age-appropriate and cover the use of electronic technologies while at the Primary School, including after school.

Digital Learning at the PS 

Parents gathered on October 15, 2015 for a presentation and discussion on the opportunities our students have to learn in a digital environment. Here are the slides:

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. Here is a comprehensive article from 2015 on media use by tweens and teens.

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup - Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.

Webwise.ie 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.com - Tocomail is a free email client for Gmail with optional parental controls available for a fee through inapp purchase.

Math at the PS

Link to our Math website, including access to Dreambox

Library Policies

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