West Croft School takes online safety very seriously. We have an e-safety policy that provides guidance for teachers, students and parents about how to use the internet safely. All children participate in lessons on e-safety to develop their understanding of how to stay safe when using technology.
Due to the increase of technology in everyday life, online safety is now taught as its own curriculum area and links to PSHE and computing are made where suitable. Through this new curriculum, pupils will be taught about online safety and its potential dangers and harms. Children will also become aware of the risks and consequences involved, and will be able to seek support from the appropriate places; both in and out of school.
This will include being taught what positive, healthy and respectful online relationships look like, the effects of their online actions on others and knowing how to recognise and display respectful behaviour online. Throughout these subjects, teachers will address online safety and appropriate behaviour in an age appropriate way that is relevant to their pupils’ lives. This will complement the computing curriculum, which covers the principles of online safety at all key stages, with progression in the content to reflect the different and escalating risks that pupils face. This includes how to use technology safely, responsibly, respectfully and securely, and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. There are also other curriculum subjects which include content relevant to teaching pupils how to use the internet safely. For example PSHE covers media literacy - distinguishing fact from opinion as well as exploring freedom of speech and the role and responsibility of the media in informing and shaping public opinion. It also supports British Values and the teaching about the concept of democracy, freedom, rights, and responsibilities.