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E-Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world, and it is embedded in their learning at school. Technology and the way in which our children engage with the internet is changing rapidly and we need to equip our young people for the changing demands that new technology brings. E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Hook Primary School. We teach our children how to use the internet safely and responsibly.

At Hook, we teach the SMART principles as part of our embedded Computing curriculum.

Curriculum

If you would like more information surrounding what children learn in each year group in regards to E-Safety you can access the ‘E-Safety Progression of Skills‘ document in the resources section at the bottom of the page. Alongside the Computing curriculum, all year groups will teach three modules (2 modules for EYFS) to the children which will cover what they need to know for their age group. Our curriculum focuses on the progression of skills for the children so that they can deepen their understanding.

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher-supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. However because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school’s rules on staying safe. A copy of the Acceptable Use Agreement can be found in the resources section below. We have also created an Online Safety Book for Children which the teachers share regularly with the children. They are also kept in the classrooms where the children can access them.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices such as phones, computers, or tablets. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about someone else. This can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.

At Hook Primary School, we take cyberbullying very seriously and we equip our students with the skills needed to identify online bullying and how to respond to it. National Online Safety has created a guide to help young people understand cyberbullying, which can be found here.

Alongside teaching our pupils about cyberbullying we also teach about the importance of digital wellbeing. With the online world being such a huge part of young people’s lives, it is very important that we help them to understand how to use it safely, sensibly and with an awareness of how it can impact on them. Childnet have created a page on their website with further information as to how you can support your child’s digital wellbeing, tailored to their age. You can find this page here.

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