Keeping children safe on the internet
At Roecroft, we recognise the importance of integrating e-safety into our curriculum. We teach e-safety through our PSHE scheme of work called JIGSAW – a programme that is organised into six half-termly units called Puzzles. These Puzzles are designed to be delivered in sequence in order to build progression in children’s learning.
JIGSAW uses the Government recommended ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework which breaks learning of e-safety into eight strands:
- Self-Image and Identity: shaping online identities and how media impacts on gender and stereotypes
- Managing Online Relationships: relationships and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice.
- Online Reputation: strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles
- Online Bullying: strategies for effective reporting and intervention and how bullying and other aggressive behaviour relates to legislation
- Managing Online Information: strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation and ethical publishing
- Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle: understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them
- Privacy and Security: behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise.
- Copyright and Ownership: protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others as well as addressing potential consequences of illegal access, download and distribution.
Whilst many of the framework's learning outcomes refer to being online, the JIGSAW scheme of work allows the children to discuss and explore these themes in offline examples. The children then look at how these can be applied to online situations to support them in being able to behave, deal and respond to online issues.
When teaching about online safety, we also link each strand and concept with our school's values. Our children are very familiar with values-based language, so this helps to make their e-safety learning both accessible and age-appropriate.
To further promote e-safety, we also celebrate the National Safer Internet Day in February each year. This is a day that gives us the opportunity to further reiterate key e-safety messages and the whole school takes part in planned activities based on a theme. Children enjoy sharing their learning in an assembly and also look forward to our annual e-safety competition that is launched.
Roecroft also hosts e-safety workshops in the summer term through the company ‘EST e-safety trainer’ and these workshops address ‘21st century stranger danger’ and highlight risks current apps pose and how we can safeguard against them. The workshops are attended by children from EYFS to year 4 and parents are offered a separate evening event. Staff also a CPD session and this ensures that all members of our school community receive the same important messages.
To demonstrate the whole school’s commitment to e-safety, new joiners and children in reception receive an ICT and e-safety agreement to sign and children then receive this same agreement at the start of KS2 to independently read and agree to. This agreement highlights the expectations for online behaviour and use of digital devices and also our school e-safety rules; our school rules are displayed on our ‘Think then Click’ posters throughout the school next to all computers. (see attached).
We believe that by working together, we can all keep well informed regarding e-safety issues and so make the most of the positives the internet has to offer safely. Please take a look at the attachments for further information which include guides for social media use, apps, our school rules and school ICT policy. The following website also has some useful online videos from professionals about the importance of e-safety: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/