As a computing department we are focused on guiding our students to become digital citizens of the wider community. We know that technology can be a remarkable tool to enhance learning and communicate with others, however we are aware of the need to educate our students on the potential risks around using computers and the Internet.
Our computing curriculum is underpinned by the principles of e-safety, and our curriculum is designed to include an element of e-safety as a unit every year, building upon knowledge from the previous year's learning. All our students and adults sign our acceptable use agreements. Our curriculum is linked to 4 C’s defined by Safer Internet Centre – Conduct, Content, Contact & Commercialism.
We make children aware of the impact they have through the choices they make when communicating online or offline. It is important that children are aware of who can view, and potentially share, what they put online.
Some online content is not suitable for children and may be hurtful or harmful. This is true for content accessed and viewed via social networks, online games, blogs, and websites. It’s important for students to consider the reliability of online material and be aware that it might not be true or written with a bias.
The Internet opens a wide variety of networks that children would otherwise not have access to. We encourage our students to regularly review friends lists, review privacy settings on social media.
Young people’s privacy and enjoyment online can sometimes be affected by advertising and marketing schemes, which can also mean inadvertently spending money online, for example within applications. We advise students to keep their personal information private, know how to block spam emails and pop ups and turn off in-app purchasing on devices where possible.