Parent’s Hour of Code

Yesterday my Coding Club hosted an event for parents. They decided at the beginning of the semester that they wanted to host a Parent’s Hour of Code. 

So before the parents arrived they set all of the computers in the lab up on Code.org and had them ready on the Hour of Code page. As the parents came in one of the Coders would grab them and get them started. We had an amazing turn out of parents, teachers, an IT Integrationist, IT technician and even a high schooler!

Here is what one of the coders, Ian, had to say:
“When you first hear about computer coding you think it’s an extremely complicated thing to learn. That is what Ms. Marrs and my dad thought at first. Code.org has made coding simple using blocks that you have to link together. Under those blocks is the computer code. After the Hour of Code both Ms. Marrs and my dad now know that it isn’t as complicated as they thought. I think the Hour of Code was extremely successful.”

Our first parent, who stayed the entire hour!

Teachers and parents learning.
Our first certificate of the event!
Another Certificate by one of our Lower School teachers!
On of our IT Technicians getting into the spirit.

Our Art Teacher who was told that  “you can make art” by one of the coders!

Her final design.
She did it!

 
 

 
We even got an adminstrator to come!
A 9th grader saw our posters and came to see what it was about.

Parents and Internet Safety

Last week we had our yearly Grade 4 & 5 parent internet safety presentation.  During this presentation we talk to the parents about the ways to help their children stay safe while on the internet.  Our main message is TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN about what they are doing online.  We try to get it across to the parents that there is no way to filter out everything that could lead to a safety issue.

As parents, you need to ask your children about the sites that they like to go on.

  • Find out if they know where the security settings are.  
  • Find out if they know how to report a problem.  
  • Find out how they interact with people on the sites they visit.  
  • Let them know that they can come talk to you if they run into issues.
  • Get them to show you how the site works (even if you have to fake being interested!)
  • Show them how you set up your own safety settings. Try this site: Safety Center
  • If you and your child don’t know how to set it up, then look for the answer together (don’t be shy).
  • Use sites like www.commonsensemedia.org to help you find out about websites, games, movies, and apps.
  • Pay attention to announcements in the news about games, apps, security breaches.
  • Get them to show you how they work with the internet at school.
  • Explore the Think You Know website with and without your child.
  • Share the “scary” stuff when appropriate.  How can they know that things are unsafe if they aren’t told.
  • Talk to your children about what they like to do online.