At St Mary’s, we use a wide range of fantastic resources to help keep our children safe online. The two main engines that power our curriculum are thinkuknow (predominately used in EYFS and KS1) and Google Internet Legends (predominately used in Key Stage 2), both of which are PSHE Association quality assured resources. Supplementing the two resources above, we also use: code.org, Childnet, National Online Safety, Teaching Online Safely in Schools Guidance and the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) statutory guidance.
Our progressive planning framework describes the skills and understanding that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely.
We also use the DfE guidance of ‘Teaching Online Safety in Schools’. We know that the online world develops and changes at great speed and that it is difficult for schools and parents/carers to stay up to date with the latest devices, platforms, apps, trends and related threats. It is therefore important to focus on the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that can help pupils to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app. With this in mind, all of our E-Safety lessons, which are in line with the new RSE guidance, are centred around the five pillars of Interland:
• Be Internet Sharp – Think Before You Share
• Be Internet Alert – Check It’s For Real
• Be Internet Secure – Protect Your Stuff
• Be Internet Kind – Respect Each Other
• Be Internet Brave – When In Doubt, Discuss
Even though Google’s Internet Legends program is targeted towards children in KS2, at St Mary’s we follow the philosophy of the five pillars throughout our entire school to ensure that all children leave St Mary’s as true Internet Legends.
At St Mary’s, we now have a new ‘Tech Team’ which allows pupils take an active role in their own and their peers’ learning of online safety. Our E-Safety Champions (team teach) have regular meetings with the Computing Coordinator and work with the class teacher to help children learn about E-Safety. They also take part in and lead Worships throughout the year and are heavily involved with Safer Internet Day and E-Safety Newsletters.
There is one e-safety champion per class and they help to remind children that they can report any problems to an adult or on the website/game they are on. We believe in empowering children with the knowledge and behaviours to keep safe in the modern world, but we know that children are the first people to discover apps, new games and their related problems. By having e-safety champions and regular meetings, staff get to hear about the latest trend/app to potentially be aware of and the pupils have a voice throughout school.
The opportunities that Computing gives our young people as they grow are both varied and fantastic. Even as little as ten or fifteen years ago the technology being used today would seem amazing. With this ever-changing world comes ever-changing challenges. It is important that all children are kept safe from things online which could make them upset or put them at risk. At school we help the children to think more deeply about their use of devices and computers. In discussions with them and using government advice, we can minimise the risks.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is a global celebration with the theme: Together for a Better Internet. More than 2,000 organisations and schools participate in this day every year. It aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology safely, responsibly, respectfully and creatively.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
Our Tech Team will be sending out important information via newsletters and dojo as we run up to this key event.
These websites will give you and your child more information about staying safe online.
• www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The police's Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/parents/ - Help your child become a smarter, safer and happier explorer of the online world.
• www.getsafeonline.org A beginner's guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
• www.kidsmart.org.uk - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
• www.bullying.co.uk - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
• http://parents.vodafone.com/ - Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child’s digital world and get more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!