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Online Safety

Digital Literacy

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Online Safety

Advice For Students

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This school

Has a clear, progressive e-safety education programme as part of the Computing curriculum / PSHE curriculum. It is built on e-safeguarding and e-literacy national guidance. This covers a range of skills and behaviours appropriate to their age and experience, including:
to STOP and THINK before they CLICK
to develop a range of strategies to evaluate and verify information before accepting its accuracy;
to be aware that the author of a web site / page may have a particular bias or purpose and to develop skills to recognise what that may be;
to know how to narrow down or refine a search;
[for older pupils] to understand how search engines work and to understand that this affects the results they see at the top of the listings;
to understand acceptable behaviour when using an online environment / email, i.e. be polite, no bad or abusive language or other inappropriate behaviour; keeping personal information private;
to understand how photographs can be manipulated and how web content can attract the wrong sort of attention;
to understand why on-line ‘friends’ may not be who they say they are and to understand why they should be careful in online environments;
to understand why they should not post or share detailed accounts of their personal lives, contact information, daily routines, location, photographs and videos and to know how to ensure they have turned-on privacy settings;
to understand why they must not post pictures or videos of others without their permission;
to know not to download any files – such as music files – without permission;
to have strategies for dealing with receipt of inappropriate materials;
[for older pupils] to understand why and how some people will ‘groom’ young people for sexual reasons;
To understand the impact of cyberbullying, sexting and trolling and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying.
To know how to report any abuse including cyberbullying; and how to seek help if they experience problems when using the Internet and related technologies, i.e. parent or carer, teacher or trusted staff member, or an organisation such as ChildLine or the CLICK CEOP button.

Plans Internet use carefully to ensure that it is age-appropriate and supports the learning objectives for specific curriculum areas.
Will remind students about their responsibilities through an end-user Acceptable Use Policy which every student will sign/will be displayed throughout the school/will be displayed when a student logs on to the school network.
Ensures staff will model safe and responsible behaviour in their own use of technology during lessons.
Ensures that when copying materials from the web, staff and pupils understand issues around plagiarism; how to check copyright and also know that they must respect and acknowledge copyright / intellectual property rights;

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