Internet Safety is taught as a major part of the computing curriculum. All children at Lowerplace, from EYFS to Year 6 are taught dedicated computing lessons by Mr Hall, with Mrs Pearson also teaching in Year 6.
Internet safety messages are re-enforced in all computing lessons, children are reminded of their digital rights and responsibilities every time they use any device. In addition, there are times when internet safety is the focus of lessons and units. Typically this will be before and after the summer holidays to coincide with times when children are most likely to spend more time online, and in the first half of the Spring Term when we take part in Safer Internet Day.
There are lots of great resources you can access to help you to keep your child safe online. Please visit the links below for more information:
UK Safer Internet Centre
A website with sections for children and parents and carers. I especially recommend the Parents Guide to Technology which gives advice on how ensure various devices such as Smart TVs and tablets can be used safely and responsibly. It also has guides to setting up filters on all major internet service providers.
It also has a section on Safer Internet Day, in which Lowerplace will be involved on February 6th 2018.
Internet Safety Videos
Below are a selection of videos which I have used when teaching internet safety. Depending on your child’s age they will be familiar with some of these videos. I recommend you watch them together with your child and discuss the issues raised with them.
Lee and Kim’s Animal Adventures – shows younger children that people online are not always who they say they are and like in the real world people you don’t know are strangers. It introduces ‘SID’s Top Tips’ which are displayed throughout the KS1 classrooms and the Charter Street building.
The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew. This develops the messages from the Lee and Kim video, introducing specific technologies such as gaming and messaging. The messages are based on the SMART rules of internet safety, which are displayed in all KS2 classrooms and shared spaces.
For upper KS2 (years 5 and 6), this video focuses on the importance of keeping personal information private and thinking carefully about who you communicate with online. This is especially useful for children of this age who might have their own devices and may be beginning to experiment with social media.
For more information on internet safety at Lowerplace, please contact Mr Hall through either of the school offices.