New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital information and communications technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Not all devices used by pupils at home will be covered by network protection as they are within the academy, and therefore the emphasis of our e-safety programme must be on understanding risks and acting accordingly.
The information below outlines the e-safety curriculum that the children in each year group study:
- Strong Passwords – Pupils explore reasons why people use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords.
- My Online Community – Pupils explore the concept that people can connect with one another through the Internet.
- Things For Sale – Pupils examine product websites and understand that the purpose of the site is to encourage buying the product. Pupils learn methods used to promote products on these sites.
- Show Online Respect – Pupils explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful messages.
- Writing Good Emails – Pupils learn to communicate effectively through email, taking into account the purpose and audience of their message, and the tone they want to convey.
- Rings of Responsibility – Pupils explore what it means to be responsible to and respectful of their offline and online communities as a way to learn how to be good digital citizens.
- Private and Personal Information – How can you protect yourself from online identity theft? Pupils think critically about the information they share online.
- The Power of Words – Pupils consider that they may get online messages from other children that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. Pupils identify appropriate responses to use in the face of cyber-bullying.
- The Key to Keywords – Pupils learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their keyword searches and make inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies.
- Whose is it anyway? – Pupils learn that copying the work of others and presenting it as one’s own is called plagiarism. They also learn about when and how it’s ok to use the work of others.
- Strong Passwords – Pupils learn how to create strong passwords in order to protect their private information and accounts online.
- Digital Citizenship Pledge – Pupils work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community.
- You’ve Won a Prize – Pupils learn what spam is, the forms it takes, and then identify strategies for dealing with it.
- How to Cite a Site – Pupils reflect on the importance of citing all sources when they do research. They learn how to write bibliographical citations for online sources.
- Picture Perfect – Pupils learn how photos can be altered digitally. They will consider the creative upside of photo alteration, as well as its power to distort our perceptions of beauty and health.
- Talking Safely Online – Pupils learn that the Internet is a great place to develop rewarding relationships. But they also learn not to reveal private information to a person they know only online.
- Super Digital Citizen – Pupils explore Spider-Man’s motto, “with great power comes great responsibility” through the lens of digital citizenship. They create comic strips to show a digital superhero who witnesses an act of poor digital citizenship, and then help to resolve it.
- Privacy Rules – Pupils learn that children’s websites must protect their private information. They learn to identify these secure sites by looking for their privacy policies and privacy seals of approval.
- What’s Cyber-bullying? – Pupils explore how it feels to be cyber-bullied, how cyber-bullying is similar to or different than in-person bullying, and learn strategies for handling cyber-bullying when it arises.
- Selling Stereotypes – Pupils explore how the media can play a powerful role in shaping our ideas about girls and boys. They practice identifying messages about gender roles in two online activity zones for children.
In order to stay safe online, the children follow the SMART rules outlined in the image below:
(For more information about the SMART rules, please click the image to go direct to their website)