The Computing curriculum aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use information and communication technology (ICT) creatively and purposefully. A key aspect of this lies in being “digitally literate”. Online technologies play a huge role and so providing a broad and balanced online safety education at each key stage is vital to ensuring that pupils can navigate the online world safely and positively.
“Digital Literacy” – a definition:
1. The ability to find, evaluate, use, share, and create content using computers and the Internet.
2. The ability to understand and use information in different formats (articles, journals, videos, etc) from different sources (web search, news website, someone’s blog, etc) when presented on a computer.
The concept of literacy is more than just being able to read – it’s about reading with meaning. You can’t understand information found on the Internet without evaluating its sources and placing it in context.
Pupil Acceptable Use Policies
Pupils are learning about acceptable online use and each class is signing an acceptable use policy agreements for pupils. You can view these agreements from the notices section of our letters page here:
Being Safe Online Outside School
At school the children’s use of the Internet is controlled, filtered and closely monitored. The information and web sites below can help you as parents understand online safety and, if necessary, use tools to keep your child(ren) safe online.
YouTube and inappropriate children’s videos
This factsheet is by The Key about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube and how to protect your child online.
Parental Controls are available for all computers, mobile devices, phones, etc to help reduce the chance that your children will come across inappropriate or offensive content online. More information about this is in the notices section of our letters page here:
A video about online safety in
(click the YouTube logo while it’s playing and it’ll take you to the full website which has more information and the lyrics.)
West Midlands Police Workshops
These clear and informative booklets (from Sophos) are free for you to download.
The Little BIG Book of Badness
– a guidebook for students and parents on how to stay safe on the Internet
Online Safety Links
A guide to the social networks your children use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world.
For parents of primary school children.
A great site aiming to make online parenting simple. It includes practical tips and simple guidance.
Think U Know – for 5-7 year olds
(formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
The team that brought you Think U Know working with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinate activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.
A great source of practical, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety with great links for advice with children under 5 years, 6 to 9 years and 10 to 12 years old.
Get Safe Online – short videos
Get Safe Online – safe social networking
A not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.