E-safety in the Curriculum
Educating pupils about the online risks which they might encounter outside school is done when opportunities arise and as part of the e-safety curriculum in PSHE and Computing. In addition the school provides planned opportunities to teach about e-safety issues as part of the Upper and Lower school assembly programme and Get Set days.
Pupils are made aware of the relevant legislation when using the internet such as data protection and intellectual property which may limit what they want to do but also serves to protect them. Pupils are taught about copyright, respecting other people’s information, safe use of images and other important areas through discussion, modelling and appropriate activities. Pupils are aware of the impact of cyberbullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying. Pupils are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies; i.e. parent/ carer, teacher/ trusted staff member, or an organisation such as Cybermentors, Childline or CEOP report abuse button.
Pupils are taught to evaluate materials critically and to learn good searching skills through cross curricular teacher modelling and discussions, and via the Computing curriculum. The Acceptable Use Procedure is introduced to the pupils at the start of each school year. The key e-safety advice is promoted widely through school displays, newsletters, class activities and so on.
E-safety Skills Development for Staff
Staff receive regular information and training on e-safety and how they can promote the ‘Stay Safe’ online messages in their lessons. Staff are made aware of their individual responsibilities relating to the safeguarding of children within the context of e-safety and know what to do in the event of misuse of technology by any member of the school community. They are encouraged to incorporate e-safety activities and awareness within their curriculum areas.
Advice for parents
There are many websites which provide up to date information for parents around the issues of e-safety. Some examples are shown in the useful links section. These include sites giving advice about online Gaming with tips about staying safe.