In year 1 our e-safety coverage concentrates on:
- Not sharing personal information
- Asking for help when worried or concerned
- Being kind to others on the internet as you would be face to face
First the children listen to a story about Smartie the penguin who has a few computer issues that the children are asked to think about. As a class we decide what he should do in each situation. To reinforce the messages in the story the children learn the song which accompanies it.
They then listen to the story about Digi-Duck, who is considering forwarding an unkind picture of his friend to other people. The story reinforces the message about being kind and considerate when using technology.
In year 2 our e-safety coverage concentrates on:
- Exactly what personal information is
- Why this should not be shared in the internet
- Understanding that people can pretend to be someone else when using the internet
- What the Report Abuse button looks like
To deliver and reinforce these messages we watch the Lee and Kim’s Adventure cartoon. We discuss what is meant by ‘butterflies in the tummy’ and what happens with the bear in the story. The children then learn the song which goes with the cartoon to help them remember Sid’s 4 Top Tips.
The children watch a selection of the Hector the Dolphin clips and discuss the various issues which arise from them.
In year 3 our e-safety coverage concentrates on:
- What to do when someone sends unkind messages or comments to us through a computer
- Who to report worries to
- Getting an adult to block unkind communication
- The importance of strong passwords and why they should not be shared
The children learn the ‘Zip It, Block It, Flag It song and discuss the messages the song is giving. We discuss why the children should show a responsible adult any unkind messages before deleting them.
One of our main activities is the creation of strong passwords. There is a great deal of discussion around this topic and the children have the opportunity to create their own. When happy the strength of their password is assessed against our checklist.
In year 4 our e-safety coverage concentrates on:
- What is a digital footprint?
- What happens to the content we post on the internet and later when we ‘delete’ it.
- The safe use of a variety of communication methods, including email
To deliver this message the children are asked to explore the Cyber Café website (Think You Know), where they work through various scenarios related to choices they make when using the internet.
The children also watch the Horrible Histories Saxon Monk and Queen Mary clips to demonstrate what could happens when you post personal information, including photographs, and opening pop ups. They also, for the first time, watch the Jigsaw video and have discussions about the messages the film makers are trying to send.
In year 5 our e-safety coverage concentrates on:
- What we can safely post onto the internet
- The appropriate ages to access some internet resources
- Passwords (again)
- Using Report Abuse buttons – when and why
The children watch the Jigsaw video and then have in-depth discussions about the real meaning behind the story. We talk a great deal about the risks involved in communicating with strangers on-line and role play to demonstrate that people are not always truthful.
We revisit the need for secure passwords (learning a password rap), where to find Report Abuse buttons and what to do if there isn’t one on a site they are using.
To reinforce the security issues the children learn the song Who do you share your details with?
In the latter part of the year, the children will be presented with a range of scenarios which could potentially be dangerous and discuss what they should do if it ever happened to them.
In year 6 our e-safety coverage concentrates on:
- What we can safely post on the internet and the present and future consequences if wrong choices are made
- Recap what age they should be to access some internet resources
- Passwords (again)
- Using Report Abuse buttons – where and when
- Sexting and the potential consequence
The children are given stills from the Jigsaw film and asked to explain exactly what messages are being given by the film makers.
We revisit the need for secure passwords which are changed regularly. We discuss how important it is to keep passwords safe from others (even their friends) and possible consequences if they don’t.
Throughout the year the children will be shown alternative video clips to reinforce the idea of internet stranger danger. Links will be make with the PRE curriculum, with discussions about the dangers of ‘Sexting’.