Children learning to be safe online is an important part of both the computing and PSHE curriculum. Online safety lessons are taught regularly across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The lessons follow the guidance set out by the Department for Education in their publication, 'Teaching Online Safety in School' and 'Education for a Connected World'. With support from Project Evolve, children explore the following areas: self-image and identity; online relationships; online reputation; online bullying; managing online information; health, well-being and lifestyle; privacy and security; and copyright and ownership.
If you are concerned with things your child is accessing online or other online safety issues, please speak to the relevant staff in accordance with our school policy. Ms El-Habti and Mrs Allard are the designated Child Protection Officers and Ms Auty is the Digital Safety Lead.
Using devices, like phones and tablets, to share pictures and videos can be a great way for children to have fun and stay in touch with friends and family. It's really important your child knows what is okay to share online and what they should check with you first.
Here is some information on the risks and how to support safer sharing.
Online games are social activities and most have features that allow children to chat with others whilst they play.
For information about the positives of gaming; the risks of in-game chat; and measures you can take to help protect them, watch this short video.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, children spent more time online doing their school work, playing games or watching videos. Technology is hugely valuable for education, as well as a way to keep in touch with friends and family. Here’s some information about what your child may enjoy online and what you can do to help keep them safer:
This fantastic link shows you how you can set parental controls on a range of different devices at home (including on games consoles, mobile phones and online platforms like YouTube): https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/interactive-guide/
And here is some further guidance on Online Games and Platforms published by the University of Birmingham in 2023
For advice, help or to make a report please visit https://ceop.police.uk/
A parents guide to Instagram (PDF) - Age limit 13 years old
A parents guide to WhatsApp (PDF) - Age limit 16 years old
A parents guide to YouTube (PDF) - Age limit 13 years old
Snapchat Privacy Setting (PDF) - Age limit 13 years old
A parents guide to Tik Tok (YouTube video) - Age limit 13 years old
A parents guide to Twitch TV (YouTube video) - Age limit 13 years old
Curriculum Documents and Policies