Children have the right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces, and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring to them, appropriate to their age and stage” (UKCIS, 2020).
At SEAC, we intend to achieve this by ensuring that our children become digitally literate, critical, safe and responsible online citizens within a digital world. We are fully committed to keeping all our pupils safe and recognise that learning about online safety happens through a range of subjects and approaches.
We use the ‘National Online Safety’ alongside the UK Council for Internet Safety’s, ‘Education for a Connected World’ (2020) as a framework of knowledge and skills to support and broaden the provision of online safety education within our school.
We recognise that online safety education is a whole school matter and goes well beyond the computing curriculum alone, therefore, our teaching of framework objectives will come in many forms, for example, through discrete online safety, PSHE or RSE lessons, as well as other curriculum areas, reflections, home learning, worship, special events and diversity days. With this approach, it is our intention that pupils will build resilience and develop safe and appropriate behaviours online, which in turn will lead to positive online experiences.