September 2020

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Library resources and advice for online homework

Do the families you work with worry about internet safety or have difficulty with completing online homework? The Library Service can help! We have fantastic resources for homework help and regularly share advice on internet safety. Being a library member gives you access to a massive range of online encyclopaedias in our Reference library online – perfect for homework assignments. I would like to highlight two:

  • Britannica Online – the online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica. It includes the great feature in that you can select the level of detail according to your age group. They have three levels: Junior (for age 6-10), Student (10-15) and Adult (for age 15+).
  • Credo Reference – a database of hundreds of encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauri including articles, images, audio files and videos. Just type in your topic and have easy access to a huge range of articles

To find these great resources and more, visit our Reference library online .

If hyperlink isn’t suitable please use this text:
To find these great resources and more, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk, select Libraries and Archives, Books and Online Reference and then Reference Library Online.

If you know families that are concerned about internet and app safety, we can highlight organisations and websites that help keep them informed and feel more confident:

  • Net Aware https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - this site from NSPCC and O2 reviews the most popular and up-to-date apps, games and social media sites that children are using. Parents and carers can learn essential information, what to look out for, and Net Aware provides ratings for risks including sexual, violence and hatred, bullying, suicide and self-harm and drink, drugs and crime
  • Thinkuknow https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - this CEOP site breaks advice down according to age groups: age 4-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14+ years. Advice is tailored to adults as well as directly to the child and includes helpful videos and games
  • BBC Own It App – an app to support digital wellbeing. This app includes a downloadable keyboard that can provide advice in real time to children, for example if a child is about to share a phone number or email address, the app will ask them if they really want to do this.

I hope you have found this information useful, library resources and advice are regularly featured on our social media so follow us @hertslibraries on Facebook and Twitter and visit our website for more information or to get in contact.

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