An Ever Evolving Subject: Given the rate of technological advances and ever increasing use of mobile/hand-held technologies, online safety has become a prime concern to parents and schools alike. At Frimley Church of England School, we take online safety very seriously. The last year has seen a number of changes and developments within the teaching of Computing in addition to a complete overhaul of the technology available to pupils in the new Discovery Zone, classrooms and Learning Hub. Furthermore, the children are embarking on a new and radically different curriculum of Computing which now teaches children to use and understand programming skills, debug code, explore algorithms and eventually design their own applications and games.
The Children: Central to all these exciting prospects and rich learning experiences is the theme of on-line safety. Every year group will be taught discrete modules of online safety at the beginning of the school year. These modules are tailored to the age and understanding of the children and broaden in depth and scope as they ascend through the school. Topics covered will include safely accessing the internet, staying safe when using email, reliability of sites and how to assess this reliability, digital footprints, reporting procedures for unsafe content. The learning does not stop there! Online safety elements will continually be referred to throughout other computing lessons and when using technology in class. Every classroom displays the SMART rules displayed on this website which the children have signed to state they have read and understand their purpose.
The Staff: All staff at Frimley Church of England School treat Child and Online Safety with the highest of importance. On-going training is given on safe practice and reporting procedures including the use of excellent resources provided by ‘ThinkuKnow’ in partnership with CEOPS (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). For more information and access to these valuable resources at home, please follow these links. You will also find the CEOPS reporting button added to our Website which can be used to gain assistance with or report any inappropriate online contact or experiences. CEOPS is directly linked with National Crime Prevention agencies and provide age-tailored areas for both advice and reporting.
Parent Resources: In addition to the learning in school, the continued learning at home (outside of the managed environment of school systems where children are exposed to a much larger world) is vital. Below are links to the school policies and resources that you may find helpful to read or access:
School Online Safety Policy
Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART crew – http://www.childnet.com/resources/the-adventures-of-kara-winston-and-the-smart-crew
How to ….guides (think you know)
SMART Rules 10 Rules for Online Safety
NSPCC keeping children safe online
Educate against hate
Share Aware – Help your child stay safe on social media, apps and games UK