The introduction of the new Computing curriculum aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use information and communication technology 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 e-safety education at each key stage is vital to ensuring that pupils can navigate the online world safely and positively. Details of the discreet digital literacy lessons which your children will be taught during Computing lessons and PSHE lessons at St John’s C of E Middle School academy are provided on this page.
Online safety is well-embedded as part of our school practice and as well as the discreet units taught below, there are many other opportunities where children and staff focus and reinforce staying safe online across the complete Computing curriculum, across other curriculum areas, during school assemblies and through enrichment activities. You can also view our school online safety policy here which includes acceptable use of mobile phones.
We also provide e-safety awareness advice and training for staff, parents/carers and other stakeholders. All staff received Online safety training and complete an annual certificate in Online Safety. The Online safety policy has been created for the trust and moderated by Bromsgrove Middle School Leadership Partnership. High quality leadership and management make e-safety a priority across all areas of the school.
KS2 National Curriculum: use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content, contact or conduct on the internet or other online technologies.
A half-term dedicated to online safety, including:
Autumn 1: Anti-Bullying
Links are made throughout the whole topic and online bullying is a core theme throughout the six lessons.
Online safety embedded into all topics reinforcing, keeping safe and how to take and use digital images.
Spring 2: Healthy Online Relationships. Children learn about how to form healthy online relationships including where to access support if needed.
Summer 2: The Wider World and Relationships. Staying Safe online. Children learn about how to trust online content and people they may ‘meet’ online.
KS3 National curriculum: understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know-how to report concerns.
Autumn 2: Bullying and cyber-bullying
Spring 1: Online wellbeing and the consensual and non-consensual sharing of nudes and semi-nudes
Summer 2: Cyberbullying and safer online relationships are taught. Safer online relationships.
A half-term dedicated to teaching Online safety including:
Autumn 2: How to trust online content and contact and people they ‘met’ online is revisited. Children also learn how to keep data private online
As a parent, you'll know how important the Internet is to children - they use it to learn, explore, play, socialise, and express themselves. It's a creative place of wonderful opportunities. However, the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting, and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers, or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
To help engage with your children regarding their use of the Internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, find the safety advice, privacy settings, and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Could you encourage them to help? Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online, or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the Internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
Find out more about how to stay safe online
Useful e-safety websites:
Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.
Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about Internet safety, and quick guides to different social media types such as Instagram and Snapchat.
Below is a recording of the Online Safety webinar held on 12th July 2022 and a copy of the Slides showing how we encourage Online Safety at St John's
The digital world is moving at such a pace that it is necessary to try to stay on top of events in today's world. Most social networking sites have an age recommendation of 13+ years of age. School cannot be responsible for many of the problems encountered from social media relationships and issues, and either the police or CEOP should be directly referred to for support.
The NSPCC have launched a series of videos and information links that can support parents/carers in talking to their children about the safe use of the Internet. This includes the use of social media.
The campaign ‘Share Aware’ is aimed at parents/carers of children ranging from age 8 to 12 years and is helpful in understanding online safety. The campaign is intended to support parents/carers in having effective conversations about staying safe online.
An additional resource on the NSPCC site is available for parents to access, which informs specifically about child sexual exploitation.
This site helps explain the indicators of when a child might be being exploited, appreciate the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families and know what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse.
Whilst we all hope that such situations will be far removed from our children, it is essential to be kept informed and so we trust by sharing this information with you, we are assisting in this process.
There is a lot of information on the Common Sense Media website that parents/carers will find useful regarding games, apps, videos, and age ratings and suitability.