It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard children.
Our world is becoming more reliant on and we are seeing new forms of technology being introduced more quickly than our curriculum can keep up with. Information Technology provides a range of benefits for how we communicate in our world, however also opens up further potential risk for those who are not informed of how to keep themselves safe online.
Keeping safe online is an important message that we regularly give to our children and this is a key theme of our Computing Curriculum and our wider curriculum.
Our Computing Curriculum explicitly incorporates one of our ‘Lifelong Literacies’- Digital Literacy. Our aim for our Digital Literacy focus is to empower learners to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.
We have taken age-appropriate outcomes from Education for a Connected World- UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCIS), which gives guidance to support children to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world. This framework focuses on eight strands of online education:
Our approach enables us to ensure that our curriculum for our children aligns with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2019 clearly defines online safety requirements:
Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material; for example, pornography, fake news, racist or radical and extremist views
Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; for example, commercial advertising as well as adults posing as children or young adults
Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm; for example, making, sending and receiving explicit images, or online bullying
Working and keeping safe in our community
We link with our local PCSOs on Online Safety, regularly inviting them to come into school to supplement the messages that we give in assemblies and in class.
We regularly communicate with parents and give messages on supervising their child’s online activity and censoring what they may access.
We have ‘Be Safe’ weeks throughout the year and we share messages to parents and children if a concern occurs in school or in our wider society.
We expect all children to sign an agreement to keep safe online.
Acceptable Internet Use Agreement for Learners:
If you are concerned about any interaction or behaviours online, please report here.
Here is our Online Safety Policy: