At Knaresborough St John's C of E Primary School we believe in keeping your child safe both in and out of school. We are constantly updating and reviewing our practice to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise the risk to our pupils by teaching them about online content, contact and conduct. Currently, we are using the DfE publication 'Teaching Online Safety in Schools' (July 2019) to inform our planning and teaching.
Children and young people are using technology in new and exciting ways, enhancing and enriching their lives with the many tools on offer.
In their exploration of these technologies, young people are not only developing their computing skills, but also a whole host of 'softer' skills - creativity, communication and networking skills, for example - which will be much in demand by the employers of the future.
Children are not assumed to be 'digital natives' and so the relevant skills are taught progressively in order to prepare children for the many uses of the online world. Children are taught strategies to help keep themselves and others safe online, as well as build confidence in situations they may find themselves outside of the classroom.
E-Safety Curriculum at St John's
At Knaresborough St John's, we have a progressive E-Safety curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6. The coverage of topics has been designed in line with resources from 'Common Sense Education - Digital Citizenship' and guidance is taken from several DfE publications in order to ensure themes are covered in an age-appropriate manner. The progression map for the delivery of different E-Safety themes can be accessed here.
'Teaching Online Safety in Schools' (July 2019) click here
'Education for a Connected World' (June 2020) click here.
E-Safety at home
There are many devices in our children's lives that connect them to the internet, which can make it challenging to keep up to date with the ways that children access material online.
At school, we have a filtered internet connection and we encourage children to access 'safe' learning sites at home. We encourage the children to keep to some basic rules to keep themselves safe online.
You may also find the following links useful. They give the latest advice and a range of practical resources, news and events on how to use the internet and new technologies safely.