Keeping children safe on the internet
At Roecroft, we recognise the importance of integrating online safety into our curriculum. We teach Online Safety through our PSHE lessons, where once a half term we have a PSHE lesson dedicated to Online Safety. Linked to the Government recommended ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework, which breaks learning of Online Safety into different strands:
Throughout the school, we focus on particular strands at the same time with differentiated lessons across the school. 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 Online Safety learning both accessible and age-appropriate.
To further promote Online 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 Online Safety messages and the whole school takes part in planned activities based on a theme.
Roecroft also hosts annual Online Safety workshops for students, parents and staff which ensures that all members of our school community receive the same important messages. For parents, this year's workshop was hosted virtually by NSPCC on the 16th November 2023. Please click on the following links to access factsheets from the workshop and use the QR code to sign up for a monthly online safety newsletter:
To demonstrate the whole school’s commitment to Online Safety, new starters and children in reception receive an ICT and Online 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 online-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 Online 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 Online Safety: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Keeping children safe: online and beyond - advice and support for parents and carers.
Ensure your children are always safe when using the internet.
Scan the QR code below to access a range of parent guides.