The internet offers our children a gateway to the rest of the world; a place where they can play, collaborate, research and contribute. It's an exciting world out there and we need to ensure our children know how to get the most out of it safely.
Online Safety is taught throughout every year group addressing issues appropriate to age. Our online safety curriculum is based on 'The Education for a Connected World Framework', which highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development and what skills children need to be able to navigate it.
In 2018, we were awarded the Online Safety Mark, which highlights our commitment to ensuring our pupils are safe and responsible internet users.
Children in Early Years are taught about pop ups and in app purchasing, cyberbullying and inappropriate websites through an EBook: Smartie the Penguin. In Key Stage 1, children are taught about the risks of sharing personal information through a cartoon based series called Hector's World. Children in Years 3 - 6, children are taught the childsnet smart message (see poster) through a cartoon based series called The adventures of Kara, Winston and the Smart Crew.
Deeper issues such as cyber bullying, creating a digital footprint, safe searching and reliability of information are also explored in depth. Children can visit the Thinkuknow web page, to find out more ways to stay safe online.
As part of our commitment to Online Safety, we have a team of pupil Online Safety Ambassadors, who regularly meet with the Online Safety Committee. These children play an important role in keeping members of the committee up to date with gaming trends, raising areas of concern and helping to plan and deliver e-safety assemblies and lessons.
Our Online Safety Ambassadors have worked collaboratively with local schools on a number of projects to explore e-safety. Some of the work they produced was made into a short film to promote e-safety in schools throughout Hampshire. You can watch the short film here.View the full details by clicking on this link E-Safety Case Study.
As part of Safer Internet Day this year, pupils worked with other schools across the cluster to create a number of short videos. Click on the image below to see our copyright video:
As educators and parents, it is increasingly difficult to stay up to date with the latest apps, games, websites and the risks they pose. However this website: commonsensemedia has done the job for us. If you are not sure about an app that your child is using, simply type the name of the app in the search bar. The website will give you a parent overview of the app, age recommendations, user reviews and a great section named 'Families can talk about' that provide you with the information needed to have a conversation with your child about the app.
Internet matters is a fantastic website that offers advice on how to: lock down your devices; set up parental controls on your router; set up safe searching on google and much more.
We encourage our pupils to speak to an adult if they see or experience anything that upsets them online. If you believe a child is at risk of sexual exploitation. it can be reported by clicking on the click CEOP button here: