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Online Safety at Coten End Primary School

Without question, the most impactful online safety education comes from home. We cannot prevent children from accessing the internet and all parental controls/restrictions have their limitations. Children need to feel safe in discussing online safety issues with their parents and it is the role of the school to enable children to feel safe discussing internet safety issues at school too.

A recent survey has shown that 77% of children want their parents to be there for them if something worries them or happens to them on the internet. It is important that as parents and educators we react calmly to online safety incidents and that our first instinct is to make children feel safe not scared in these situations.

 

We recommend that the most important step parents can make is to have regular conversations with their children about internet usage and how to be safe online, but a few additional steps we can suggest are:

  • Share profiles/devices with children
  • Ensure the strongest privacy settings are in place
  • Set time boundaries
  • Never share any personal information
  • Look at the potential danger of sharing offensive/inappropriate content

 

It is the role of the school to provide children with an effective, reactive Online Safety curriculum. As a school we follow guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and the Education for a Connected World framework (2018) alongside resources provided by Common Sense Media and Internet Matters.

 

Online safety education will be provided to pupils in the following ways:

  • An online safety programme of study will be provided and should be regularly revisited – this will, however, be reactive and will include vital, relevant and up to date messages about internet usage, video gaming and apps we are made aware of;
  • Key online safety messages will be reinforced as part of a programme of externally supplied assemblies and activities annually on World Safer Internet Day;
  • Pupils will be taught in all lessons to be critically aware of the materials/content they access on-line and be guided to validate the accuracy of information;
  • Pupils should be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using material accessed on the internet;
  • Pupil questionnaires about internet usage will be carried out annually;
  • Staff should act as good role models in their use of ICT, the internet and mobile devices.
  • Key messages will also be linked in with work children do in their annual Taking Care Project

 

Websites with further information for parents, carers and young people:

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.commonsensemedia.org

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.net-aware.org.uk

 

Website for parental controls and privacy settings set-up guides:

www.internetmatters.org 

 

Warwickshire County Council Websites:

www.cybersafewarwickshire.com

www.safeinwarwickshire.com/prevent

 

Computing at Coten End Primary School

 

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world.

The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. - Computing in the National Curriculum 2014

 

Aims:

At Coten End Primary School, we aim to implement a varied and enjoyable computing curriculum within regular computing lessons as well as developing children’s digital literacy and information technology skills across the whole curriculum.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation within computer science

  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems in information technology

  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

 

Principles:

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has links with all of our core and non-core subjects and enables children to think about systems both natural and artificial. Children will be expected to use a variety of software to analyse and solve problems by using computational thinking; this will mean learning how to code using basic algorithms - key programs used at Coten End across KS1 and KS2 are BeeBots, Scratch, 2code and LegoWeDo.

Children will learn how to use information technology across a range of software to analyse, discuss and share a range of content including collecting, analysing and presenting data information.

The World-Wide-Web will be used to support children's understanding of computer networks and how they can provide multiple platforms for communication and collaboration. Alongside this, we will always emphasise the importance of internet safety (E-safety) and how technologies can not only be used effectively but safely, respectfully and responsibly in and out of school.

 

 


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