e-Safety and your Child
In today’s world, being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. This could be through social media, online games, websites and many apps. These areas can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets which a lot of our children have access to at both home and school.
We know that the internet offers many exciting opportunities to our pupils but it can also expose them to all types of risks.
This is why e-safety forms a fundamental part of schools’ safeguarding procedures.
How does my child learn about E-safety?
As a school, we have a responsibility to ensure that our school’s online procedures keep our pupils safe and to teach them about online safety both in and out of school. We also encourage pupils to ask questions and participate in conversations about the benefits and dangers of the online world not only in their Computing lessons but across the curriculum too. Each year group covers E-safety through our Purple Mash Computing Scheme and we also have access to National Online Safety. Please find below the units and the content taught for years 1-6.
Unit 1.1 - Online Safety and Exploring Purple Mash
Lesson 1- Safe Logins
Lesson 2- My Work Area
Lesson 3- Purple Mash Topics
Lesson 4- Purple Mash Tools
Unit 1.9 – Technology Outside School
Lesson 1- What is Technology?
Lesson 2- Technology outside school
Unit 2.2 – Online Safety
Lesson 1- Searching and Sharing
Lesson 2- Email Using 2Respond
Lesson 3- Digital Footprint
Unit 2.5- Effective Searching
Lesson 1- Understanding the Internet and Searching
Lesson 2- Searching the Internet
Lesson 3- Sharing Knowledge of the Internet and Effective Searching
Unit 3.2- Online Safety
Lesson 1- Safety in Numbers
Lesson 2- Fact or Fiction?
Lesson 3- Appropriate Content and Ratings
Unit 3.5- Email (including email safety)
Lesson 1- Communication
Lesson 2- Composing Emails
Lesson 3- Using Email Safely: Part 1
Lesson 4- Using Email Safely: Part 2
Lesson 5- Attachments
Lesson 6- Email Simulations
Unit 4.2- Online Safety
Lesson 1- Going Phishing
Lesson 2- Beware Malware
Lesson 3- Plagiarism
Lesson 4- Healthy Screen-Time
Unit 5.2- Online Safety
Lesson 1- Responsibilities and Support when Online
Lesson 2- Protecting Privacy
Lesson 3- Citing Sources
Lesson 4- Reliability
Unit 6.2- Online Safety
Lesson 1- Message in a Game
Lesson 2- Online Behaviour
Lesson 3- Screen Time
How can I keep my child safe on the internet?
We know that keeping your child safe online can be daunting as you may have concerns about your understanding of a topic and of the latest developments in technology. Keeping your child safe online is more about communication skills than the technology itself. It isn’t enough to protect children from online harms by banning sites or installing firewalls and filters (NSPCC, 2022). There are many search engines which can be used by children to search the internet safely like Kiddle and Swiggle.
You can also find parent guides on social networks, games, apps and more at Common Sense Media, Net Aware or download the app that has been created for parents by National Online Safety. In addition, we recommend creating a YouTube Kids account if your child uses YouTube regularly.
Alongside the websites that are listed above, the NSPCC has a guide to internet safety on their website too. The UK Safer Internet Centre suggests 4 top tips for parents which are:
- Having conversations without judgement
- Knowing where you can learn more about their favourite apps and games
- Getting support if things go wrong
- Reassuring your child that whatever happens online, you are there to support them.
Miss Parkes (Computing lead)