In Scoil Phádraig,  we are very committed to the use of Information and Communication Technology in educating our pupils. We believe it is important that the school mirrors the rapid technological changes that are evident in the wider community.

All classrooms are fitted with SMARTboard Interactive White Boards since September 2010, thanks to the generosity of the B.O.M. and the tireless fundraising of the Parents’ Committee.  Each classroom is also equipped with laptops, a 3-in-1 printer, a digital camera and various educational software packages.  We purchased a suite of 16 ipads along with headphones and various apps in 2019 which are used frequently in all classes.

Computers are used as tools for research, basic skills practice, writing assignments, multimedia presentations, creative expression as well as providing access to a library of curriculum software.

Young people are using the Internet to make friends, play games, download music and do homework. As parents the most important thing you can do to reduce the online risks is to engage with this digital lifestyle.

Webwise provides Internet safety information, advice and tools to parents teachers and students. They can be accessed at www.webwise.ie

Webwise top tips for parents:

  1. Discover the Internet together.
  2. Agree with your child rules for Internet use.
  3. Encourage your child to be careful when disclosing personal information.
  4. Talk about the risks associated with meeting online friends.
  5. Teach your child that not all information on the Internet is correct.
  6. Remember that it is not always their fault if they come across inappropriate content on the web.
  7. Report online material that you think may be illegal to appropriate authorities  on www.hotline.ie
  8. Encourage respect for others (e.g posting comments on facebook etc)
  9. Know your child’s Internet use.
  10. Remember that the positives outweigh the negative aspects of the Internet.

The following are some links that you may find useful