Online Safety is an integral part of the children's education at St Stephen's. As they start the school, all children read, discuss and sign an acceptable use policy which ensures all children understand the importance of using the internet responsibly. As we use Chromebooks across the school, the children are given opportunities to put what they learn in place.
Through our Online Safety curriculum, we aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to work, communicate and collaborate safely and effectively online. Our curriculum is broken up into 8 strands which run progressively through all year groups: media balance & well-being; privacy & security; digital footprint & identity; relationships & communication; cyberbullying; digital drama & hate speech and news & media literacy.
As social networking sites (e.g. Tik Tok) become more and more popular, we feel it is important to educate children about the potential risks associated with these sites whilst appreciating the positives that they bring and the importance of checking privacy settings.
During lockdown, videos were shared with the pupils with suggestions on how they can keep themselves safe online. Especially important as children spent so much more time communicating and accessing their learning online.