What Parents Need to Know About TikTok
With children reliant on theirphones for social interaction with their friends more than ever at the moment, it can be hard to keep up with the latest apps, trends and issues on social media. National Online Safety have published a great free online safety guide on TikTok. This is also available to read on our school website.
TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Its main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing to popular music or soundbites, often for comedic effect, which can then be further enhanced with filers, emojis and stickers. TikTok has been designed with the young user in mind and has a very addictive appeal. At the beginning of 2019 it skyrocketed in popularity and has featured near the top of download charts ever since. Estimates suggest that it now has anything between 500 million and over 1 billion monthly active users worldwide.
In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as online predators, the addictive nature of TikTok and age-inappropriate content.
Reading for pleasure
English and Maths Support Videos
Resource website Twinkl have launched a YouTube channel for their Secondary Beyond resources, with fantastic videos to support both KS3 and KS4 students.
Check out this link for lots of great support: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC52aiIlmGiO4vzi0A5tEoDA/videos
Literacy Glossary for Parents
Parents have a crucial role in their child's developing literacy. In order to be able to understand the terms most often used in literacy lessons, Twinkl have created this handy glossary of terms that are commonly used in teaching so you can feel well informed and well equipped to help your child.
Supporting your Child – GCSE Maths
Supporting your child with Maths can feel quite daunting when you haven’t done it for many years!
Here we have a great reference sheet from Twinkl Beyond for GCSE Maths.
Their essential KS4 Maths resource contains the following items:
- GCSE Maths Formula Sheet - Foundation Level
- GCSE Maths Formula Sheet - Higher Level
The convenience of having such information compiled on a single maths formula sheet will prove highly useful to pupils, helping to condense information and make maths revision less daunting. The GCSE Maths formulae included are numerous across the two sheets and cover circles, cuboids, prisms, spheres, cones and many more essentials to the course.
The GCSE Maths Formula Sheets: Overview resource covers both Foundation and Higher Level Maths. One maths formula sheet per level is provided for the learner as a compact and practical overview. Whilst the first half of the sheets remain the same, the second half is distinct according to the level and will include diverging GCSE Maths formulae that are relevant to either Foundation or Higher Level.
Maths transition booklet
Reading Intervention Booklet
Supporting Parents Helpfinder (Young Minds)
Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different direction and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual.
A mixture of concern about Covid, working from home and children at home, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household.
Young Minds have created a useful 'Supporting Parents Helpfinder'. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond).
Find the help finder here: https://youngminds.org.uk/supporting-parents-helpfinder/
Support for Dyslexic Students and Parents
Where can you find suitable news stories to use with your pupils at home as a family? Here’s a great selection of age-appropriate news sites offering both UK and global perspectives from The Guardian:
- BBC Newsround offers daily stories on national, international, sports, entertainment and science news, as well as inspiring stories about children. You can watch the Newsround bulletins and read stories on the website.
- BBC What’s New? is a news programme for young people in Africa aimed at 11- to 16-year-olds. A weekly broadcast is available to watch on their YouTube channel. They also include stories about children doing remarkable things in different African countries.
- The Day is an online news service for schools, aimed mainly at the secondary age range. They report on daily current affairs across all subjects. You can read certain articles for free but must subscribe to access the full range of stories and materials. A newsletter for parents is currently available for free, with a daily round up of news and a current affairs topic to discuss with children. There is also a weekly news quiz that you can access for free.
- Dogo News is an online news site for children with stories written from an international perspective.
- First News Live is a free weekday news broadcast for young people made by Sky News and First News. There are also weekly polls on current news topics. The Positivity Place is a great source of positive news stories for children.
- Inside Science is a science news service from the American Institute of Physics. Some stories and language may be too complex for younger pupils. However it is a good source of weird and wonderful science stories.
- News for Kids: Daily roundups of current news written for children, including explanations of unfamiliar terms. US-based but includes worldwide stories. Free to access with ads, paid for ad-free subscription available.
- Space Scoop is an astronomy news website aimed at children aged 8 and above, with weekly stories from a wide range of international astronomical organisations. There are also podcasts available.
- Tuesday News Day: each Tuesday, members of the News Literacy Network tweet recent news stories appropriate for school-age children to the hashtag #TuesdayNewsDay. The National Literacy Trust has discussion cards to help guide conversations and get children thinking critically.
- Twinkl NewsRoom publishes a primary-age-appropriate news story and activities every day, with a fake news quiz each Saturday. There are options for both upper and lower KS2.
The Family Maths Toolkit from the National Numeracy website is full of ideas to help parents, families and children aged 13 and under enjoy everyday maths activities together.
The site also offers resources to help teachers support family engagement with children's maths learning.
Top tips for parents and families:
- Be positive about maths. Don't say things like "I can’t do maths" or "I hated maths at school"; your child might start to think like that themselves.
- Point out the maths in everyday life. Include your child in activities involving maths such as using money, cooking and travelling.
- Praise your child for effort rather than talent - this shows them that by working hard they can always improve.
- If you struggle with maths yourself - try our free online tool the National Numeracy Challenge to improve your maths level.