E-Safety for Pupils
The world our children are growing up in is different to that in which we grew up and it changes rapidly. Technology is an integral part of life and work for us all, including children. Technology has an important role to play in children’s education, entertainment, hobbies / gaming, communication and accessing their peer group.
Children will access many websites and use apps and games as they grow up, most of which are intended to be harmless if used properly. However, not all users, children or adults, use technology considerately and it is very easy for children to accidentally or deliberately access the following:
- Sexual content / imagery
- Violent content
- Extreme content / opinion
- Biased / skewed content
- Commercial content
In school we recognise that it is crucial that children learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and others’ online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. We are working to ensure that over the course of their Primary education, we teach children to understand:
1.Self-image and identity: exploring the differences between online and offline identity and how the media impacts on gender and stereotypes. We look at effective routes for reporting and support.
- Online relationships: consideration of how technology shapes communication styles and identifies strategies for positive relationships in online communities.
- Online reputation:exploring the concept of reputation and how others may use this online information to make judgements. Strategies to manage personal digital content are understood.
- Online bullying: understanding bullying and online aggression and how technology impacts those issues. Effective strategies for reporting and intervention are covered.
- Managing online information:this strand explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. Pupils learn to search effectively and evaluate what they find.
- Health, well-being and lifestyle: the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle is covered. Children begin to learn how they can limit any negative impacts.
- Privacy and security: we cover how personal online information can be used, stored, processed and shared. Children learn behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems from compromise.
- Copyright and ownership: the concept of ownership of online content and protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others is discussed. We begin to learn about the consequences of illegal access, download and distribution.
We have a team of pupil E-safety leaders who work with staff to audit our offer, communicate with their peers to get their opinions and help us improve our school offer.
We are also working to create bespoke E-Safety learning for identified vulnerable learners.