Computing and e-Safety
Today, computers are part of our lives more and more, with technology becoming essential in everyday life and at work. At Hanbury C of E First School, we believe it is important to open up opportunities for our children so that they can experience and participate in the ever-increasing digital world.
Under the new 2014 National Curriculum, 'Computing' now replaces what we have called it for years, ICT. The programme of study has been designed to help equip children and young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need for the rest of their lives.
At Hanbury C of E First School, we are eager to allow children to explore, experience and have fun with computers in a variety of ways and across different subjects.
Key Characteristics that we promote with our children:
Competence in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects.
The ability to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity.
An understanding of the connected nature of devices.
The ability to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum.
The ability to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.
Your child will continue to develop vital computer skills (mouse skills, typing, etc.) and internet skills (researching, finding information, etc.) whilst learning how computers and computer systems work; designing and building programmes and developing ideas using technology. This way they can develop their understanding in the world of computers as computational thinkers!
The Computational Thinkers of today!
When you think about it, whether we’re parents, pupils or teachers - we’re all natural computer scientists, capable of computational thinking. Our brains, like computers, process, debug and make simple algorithms every day!
Computational thinking is a skill that children learn throughout their learning in all areas of the curriculum. It is a skill that is important because it supports problem solving. Children who can think computationally have a greater understanding of abstract concepts, and of computer-based technology. This is a vital skill that children need to learn to be prepared for today’s technological world and the inevitable progression of technology in the future.
The internet is a fantastic and exciting place for children to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues.
Here are just a few of the risks and potential dangers that are explored with our children through regular e-safety teaching:
- Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content
- Allowing or seeking unauthorised access to personal information
- Allowing or seeking unauthorised access to private data, including financial data
- The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet.
- The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge
- Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers
- Access to unsuitable video / internet games
- An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet
- Plagiarism and copyright infringement
- Illegal downloading of music or video files
Staff at Hanbury C of E First School are committed to equipping children to foresee, and have strategies for, these dangers as appropriate. Our e-Safety policy lists some of the known dangers and the strategies the school uses to help children and families with these.
e-Safety is an integral part of our Computing Curriculum and is taught throughout the year in every year group. Children are taught to think carefully about what information is appropriate to send and how to report an unkind message to an adult. They also learn about what information is safe to share online and how to avoid and deal with unwelcome content online.
Information for Parents
Below are some recent and recommended websites and resources about e-safety. Please use any of these resources to have an open dialogue with your children about online safety, internet rules and how they should deal with inappropriate online content or messages.
Advice for parents on how to keep their children safe online.
Childnet.com - Advice on keeping children safe online.
Information and advice for parents, teachers and other professionals to support children and young people to use the internet safely and positively.
NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe Online
Online safety advice to safeguard children whilst they explore, create, play and learn using the internet.