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Online Safety

Online Safety at St Michael’s 

We understand that technology plays a huge part in all of our lives in the 21st Century. As such, we know that technology poses risks as much as it does opportunities for great learning, communication and entertainment both in and outside of school. We recognise the range of existing e-safety issues and work hard to update our knowledge of issues as they arise.  

As part of the Computing curriculum, we teach children to understand computer networks such as the internet and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. These can provide highly positive experiences for children but it is also a platform on which cyber-bullying, abuse and trolling can take place and that some content poses risks to their mental health and wellbeing. We strive to teach children to identify a range of ways to report concerns about and get support with issues that they may face online. We also teach children to be discerning consumers of information that they find online, evaluating its authenticity and reliability. 

Alongside the Computing curriculum, the school teaches online safety through the South-west Grid for Learnings scheme of online safety lessons and through the Jigsaw scheme of learning for PSHE. We use both the Education for a Connected World framework and the Relationship and Sex Education curriculum to support the teaching and learning of online safety. Our aim is that by the time our children leave us at the end of Year 6, they are respectful, knowledgeable and safe users of information technology. 

We have compiled some useful links for parents that can be found on this page.

Useful links for parents:

  • Thinkuknow
    Information on what to do if you are concerned about your child and how to report incidents to CEOP. This website also gives information on how keeping your children safe. 
  • Childnet
    Lots of resources/ideas that can be used by your children to help them learn to keep safe online.
  • Safer Internet
    Provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your children safe online.
  • NSPCC
    Provides advice for parents on a variety of subjects from setting up parental controls to sexting to online games.
  • PEGI – providing age classifications for video games
    Provides help to parents, allowing them to make informed decisions when buying video games.