The lockdowns during the pandemic have demonstrated how important technology has become in education. At Wilmington we are a Google school and use the apps (like Classroom) from the Google Suite to help educate our students. We have seen a seismic change in the use of technology within the rest of society too. Like any other tool, technology has the potential to do both harm and good and we aim to teach our students how to tell the difference.
Our e-safety program is embedded in the curriculum, specifically through IT lessons, PSHE delivered in form time, assemblies and during Action Days. Currently this is the curriculum plan for KS3 in IT:
Week 1: Secure Passwords
Week 2: Cyberbullying
Week 3: Searching the web
Week 4: Copyright
Week 5: Social Media Use
Week 6: Finding a balance
Week 7: Review
Week 1: Cyberbullying
Week 2: Use of Smartphones
Week 3: Grooming
Week 4: Live Streaming
Week 5: Health Risks
Week 6: Digital Citizenship
Week 7: Reporting Concerns
Week 1: Digital Tattoo
Week 2: Hacking
Week 3: Selfies-the Naked Truth
Week 4: Private Pics Go Public
Week 5: When Chat Goes Wrong
Week 6: Hoaxes and Fakes
Week 7: Reporting Concerns
e Safety presentation as an MYP assessment
Student will have completed a Certificate from OSA (Online Safety Alliance) by the end of Mod 1
In KS4 issues around online safety are explicitly taught via their Morals and Ethics lessons as well as bespoke Action Days. Topics covered include online safety, online relationships, tackling extremism, the impact of pornography and strategies for dealing with fraud and harassment. A similar process is delivered to KS5 through form activities and the pastoral team. Students explore age-appropriate subjects like dealing with online abuse, sexual harassment and the importance of a positive digital presence.
Many of these areas are also covered implicitly via the curriculum-particularly within the IT department. For example the ethics of hacking is included in Computer Science and Intellectual Property Rights / Fair Use in Creative Media.
Furthermore the school has been accredited with the National Online Safety Award. (National Online Safety won an award as ‘Company of the Year’ at Bett in 2021)
This is a fantastic resource that all students and parents can use for free. It contains a monthly update on current issues, explainer videos on IT related subjects and online e-safety courses that you can complete in your own time.
There are many functions, such as search, and you can sign up to do courses as well. You will receive constant updates on new topics so you can stay informed.
There is also an app you can download to your phone. Find out more >
- Parent’s guide to privacy settings
- Gaming: What parents and carers need to know
- What is the ‘Internet of Things’?
Other useful links
The police site you can use to report suspect behaviour online from adults who are trying to contact children
- Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
A site to report child sexual abuse content
- Think U Know
A terrific resource that offers advice to parents, students and teachers about all aspects of e safety
Another highly recommended site with a host of e safety information and resources