At Sudley Infant School we teach the children about online safety through our Computing curriculum which is based on the Purple Mash scheme. It is reinforced at various points throughout the school year within assemblies, PSHE sessions and focused safeguarding activities. We are also registered with eCadets.
Children have questionnaires to fill in to express how safe they feel online and how we can ensure children remain as safe as possible. We include pupils’ voice during school council sessions so that the children are able to have an input on how we can ensure they remain safe online and around school.
We take part in Safer Internet Day each year which includes practical lessons on how to remain safe online and what online identity means. Where possible we use simple ideas such as using YouTube Kids and the search engine Kiddle in our day to day teaching.
As part of ensuring children remain safe online we have created a computing charter. Throughout each year in school the children learn about what it means to be safe online to reduce these risks. This is discussed at the start of computing lessons.
Reception children are taught to Tell:
- Tell an adult at home what device you are playing on.
- Tell an adult if someone tries to connect with you online.
- Tell an adult if you see something that worries you online.
Year 1 children are taught to use the Never rules:
- Never give your personal information to anyone online.
- Never meet up with anyone you met online.
- Never trust everything you read online.
Year 2 children are taught the Always rules:
- Always keep personal information such as your birthday or address private online.
- Always make sure you only connect with your real friends online and do not arrange to meet anyone online.
- Always check with an adult before opening an email or message, even ones from a friend as they could contain a virus.
- Always double check things you read on the internet, not everything online is a fact.
We teach the children about the SMART rules and display them in Key Stage 1 classrooms.
IN EYFS children are introduced to safe use of equipment and discuss the eSafety tips shown on the posters displayed in classrooms.
eCadets is an age-appropriate e-safety curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages pupils’ interest. Children are taught how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety. The eCadets curriculum provides a range of online safety activities which we use alongside other online safety lessons and activities.
Some children in each class are chosen as eCadet representatives who lead other children through specific tasks to achieve awards. Some of the tasks are completed as a whole class, others by every member of the class and some tasks by the eCadets.