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Snap Map warning for Parents

Dear Parents

One of the most common Apps at the moment is Snapchat. You may have heard reports about a new feature called �Snap Map�. This is causing a fair amount of fuss in the news.

It is the ability to be able to view a map showing the exact location of where they are and also their 'friends'.

This is concerning as it could make their whereabouts known to strangers as not every user is careful about who they add to their friends list.

An immediate suggestion for everybody, is to set their settings to be �Ghost Mode�. That way nobody is able to see their location. You do this by:

  • When they are in photo-taking mode, you pinch the screen and that will open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog which is located in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap "Ghost Mode" and that will switch off location sharing.
  • Also need to remember that photos and videos which are posted to Snapchat's public 'Our Story' will still be discoverable on the map
  • There are a couple of links which describe the Snapchat App and how to control settings.

    Snap Chat Site Link
    ThinkUNow Internet Safety Guide
    NSPCC Net-Aware Site

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    Parents Guide to Homework

    Frequently Asked Questions about homework

    We have received questions and queries from parents and carers concerning a variety of aspects regarding homework. We have summarised these below in what we hope will be a helpful guide which will enable you to further support your son/daughter.

    What is my role in homework?

    Encouragement is a major role. Ensure that your child manages and copes with the workload. Sit with them. Talk to them about the tasks. If youngsters verbalise their learning they are more likely to retain the knowledge. Do not do it for them though!

    I'm busy and don't have time to help. What can I do?

    It's not essential that you sit with them and work alongside them, but showing an interest is imperative. Ask them what tasks they're undertaking tonight and sound enthusiastic!

    I can't help because education has changed since I was at school. I don't know what my child is taught.

    You can support by appearing interested in school: reading the school newsletter; attend parents' evenings. Generally show an interest in school and check the school website.

    I don't know enough about a specific topic to help my child. How can I help?

    Youngsters thrive on rewards and encouragement. Maybe look at some information together. Help collect information. Supporting is an excellent way of helping.

    It's noisy and there's no space at home

    Do try to create a specific time and place for homework to be done at home but if this is difficult the school runs a homework club, with access to computers from Monday to Thursday 3.15pm until 4.15pm.There are limited places so please indicate via the homework diary if you wish your child to attend. As always please communicate any specific issues to your child's tutor. There is also help with My Maths at lunchtimes every day from 1.15 to 1.40 in the Warner room.

    How much homework should my child be doing?

    The current homework timetable is glued into your child's homework diary and it is on the school website.

    My child doesn't tell me about homework. What can I do?

    Make sure you are signed up to Show My Homework and also look in the homework diary. Ask your child's form tutor. Ask your children open questions about today's learning at school.

    My child's homework is set irregularly and then doesn't get marked.

    The first thing to do would be to talk to your child and make sure of the facts. If there is an issue, tell us via the homework diary in the first instance, or directly via the tutor.

    All my child seems to do is finish off work done in class

    It is important from time to time to finish off classwork. However, homework should take many forms. If you aren't sure � ask or send in a query via the homework diary.

    My child spends more time than is necessary on her homework.

    Youngsters work at different speeds. However, if they are spending inordinate amounts of time on tasks make a note in their planner � or simply write='x has spent 30 minutes on this task'.

    The teacher will then take charge of the situation.

    Finally�..Homework is used to support classwork. It is an attempt to help youngsters become independent learners and more importantly form a base of good practice which can be built on in future years. Dedworth Middle School regards homework as an integral part of the learning process.

    We hope you've found this guide useful. If you would like to make any suggestions for improvement please contact the school homework coordinator Mrs Scott via