Our e-safety curriculum aims to provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for e-safety which enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of technology. This includes teaching pupils to exercise the skills of critical awareness, digital literacy and good online citizenship. The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into four areas of risk:

Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful content, for example: pornography, fake news, racism, misogyny, self-harm, suicide, anti-Semitism, radicalisation and extremism.

Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; for example: peer to peer pressure, commercial advertising and adults posing as children or young adults with the intention to groom or exploit them for sexual, criminal, financial or other purposes’.

Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm; for example, making, sending and receiving explicit images (e.g consensual and non-consensual sharing of nudes and semi-nudes and/or pornography, sharing other explicit images and online bullying;

Commerce: risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and or financial scams.

We aim to work very closely with families to help them ensure that their children use technology safely and responsibly both at home and school. We also provide them with relevant information on e-safety policies and procedures through our monthly newsletters, Parent Forums and social media. Please read our latest e-safety guidance here: Esafety presentation for parents

One way we support parents is by signposting them to ‘Internet Matters’ which is a charity working to support parents in keeping their children safe online. Also, this website has some good links for parents: https://www.virginmedia.com/blog/online-safety/childrens-internet-safety-test

A huge area of danger for children are social media apps designed for over 13s. If you are looking for social media apps suitable for children under the age of 13, read the guidnce below:

If you ever have any concerns about your child’s online safety, please contact Mrs Lacey

E-Safety Policy 2021