Please see our safeguarding page for more information around some of the activities and websites we use to support our teaching of e-safety as part of our computing curriculum and safeguarding procedures.
The world our children and young people live in is rapidly changing. New computer technology is creating fantastic, exciting opportunities in communication, in learning and in many aspects of our daily life. For a lot of us these developments seem quite different from what we have seen before and this makes us naturally very cautious about them. However, for young people they are a regular and a familiar part of everyday life that are being enthusiastically embraced and we ensure they are suitably equipped to be able to use these skills effectively and safely.
At St. Joseph’s we believe our role is to safeguard our children by shaping the way they access ICT, allowing them to flourish through the many benefits it has to offer yet at the same time helping them understand and make informed decisions about what information they seek and share, the way they do this and who they do it with.
We follow the National Curriculum guidelines statutory requirements, using Chris Quigley and Rising Stars ‘Switched on Computing’ programme. Within this scheme of work, children will develop a basic understanding of how email works, use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
Under the guidance of our Local Safeguarding Children Board we access the internet through Schools Broadband which provides a safe, city-wide framework in line with all national e-safety guidelines. Schools Broadband has achieved the British Education Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) accreditation for Internet provision which requires months of rigorous testing and evaluation to ensure that it meets the safety standards to protect learners from unsuitable Internet access.
Computing can bring huge advantages to children and young people’s lives, at St. Joseph’s we must help them to benefit from these safely and confidently. Please see Internet Access Policy/e safety in the Policies section of our website.
A web site containing a lot of useful information and guidance for parents and carers is www.thinkuknow.co.uk. This site also includes ‘Hector’s World’ which shows young children how to use the internet in a safe way.
Here is a practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media – https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-council-for-child-internet-safety-ukccis ‘Child Safety On-Line’ from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety