Online Safety encompasses not only direct internet access via PCs, laptops, or tablets, for example, but also electronic communications and web access via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people, and adults, about the benefits, risks & responsibilities of using online information technology. It is about safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
Online Safety aims
- We emphasise learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
- It is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so that we can feel confident online.
- We are concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
Online Safety at GPS
- We teach this through dedicated online safety lessons every half term as part of our computing curriculum and through the Jigsaw PSHE curriculum.
- We also follow up and recall key online safety messages through our Computing curriculum.
- Sequential and progressive planning for direct teaching of Online Safety throughout the school, which is primarily guided by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s framework for online safety - Education in a Connected World (see the 8 strands detailed in the image below) and the South West Grid for Learning's Project Evolve scheme.
- We also access a range of other resources to supplement our teaching, including resources from: NSPCC, National Online Safety, saferinternet.org, CEOP's 'Think You Know' material and czone East Sussex.
- In addition, we organise workshops and talks for classes, linked for example to Anti-Bullying Week and Safer Internet Day.
Online Safety in Action
Documents in folders containing the word 'letter' or 'minute' are listed in the order they were uploaded, most recent upload at the top. Otherwise, documents are listed alphabetically.
Online Safety Newsletter
In September 2021, we launched our brand new monthly Online Safety Newsletter, in partnership with Knowsley City Learning Centre. Copies are available on our website, and are also distributed to families in printed form and via Facebook.
Online Safety Library
Please also refer to our Online Safety Library for extra resources and advice.