Online Safety Curriculum Policy
Online safety is part of a broad and balanced curriculum and staff regularly reinforce online safety messages. The online safety curriculum is broad, relevant and provides progression, with opportunities for creative activities. This is provided in the following ways:
- A planned online safety curriculum is provided as part of PHSE. The SWGfL / ‘common sense education’ online safety curriculum is used a basis for this and be taught in the first half-term of each academic year. Details of this curriculum can be downloaded below.
- Key online safety messages will be reinforced as part of a planned programme of assemblies and tutorial / pastoral activities, including promoting Safer Internet Day each year.
- 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 will be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using material accessed on the internet.
- We will discuss, remind or raise relevant online safety messages with pupils routinely wherever suitable opportunities arise during all lessons; including the need to protect personal information, consider the consequences their actions may have on others, the need to check the accuracy and validity of information they use and the need to respect and acknowledge ownership of digital materials.
- Any internet use will be carefully planned to ensure that it is age appropriate and supports the learning objectives for specific curriculum areas.
- Pupils will be taught how to use a range of age-appropriate online tools in a safe and effective way.
- We will remind students / pupils about their responsibilities through an end-user Acceptable Use Policy which they will sign.
- Staff will model safe and responsible behaviour in their own use of technology during lessons.
- It is accepted that from time to time, for good educational reasons, students may need to research topics (e.g. racism, drugs, discrimination) that would normally result in internet searches being blocked. In such a situation, staff can request that the Technical Staff (or other relevant designated person) can temporarily remove those sites from the filtered list for the period of study. Any request to do so, should be auditable, with clear reasons for the need.
- Where students / pupils are allowed to freely search the internet, staff should be vigilant in monitoring the content of the websites the young people visit.
- All use will be monitored and they will be reminded of what to do if they come across unsuitable content.
- Students / Pupils will be taught about the impact of online bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of bullying.
- Students / Pupils will be made aware of where to report, seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies; e.g. mother/father or carer, teacher or trusted staff member, or an organisation such as Childline or the CEOP report abuse button.
Online Safety Presentation
For those of you who couldn't attend our recent online safety workshops please find the presentation at the link below: