Curriculum planning

Develop a progressive online safety curriculum

The most effective approach to online safety is to treat it as a whole school community issue, with educational messages embedded across Computing/ICT, PSHE, SRE and citizenship, as well as touching on online safety issues across the curriculum whenever and wherever children are using technology.

Developing your school’s Digital Literacy Curriculum

South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) has produced a fantastic resource – ProjectEVOLVE which allows teachers to access free materials designed to empower pupils to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. You can browse the resource by Key Stage or Year Group, and find cross-curricular lessons which address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.

Childnet’s resource bank can also be sorted by Key Stage and topic.

Online safety in the Computing curriculum in England

The Computing curriculum provides a fantastic opportunity to develop your school’s approach to online safety. 

The Programmes of Study for Primary (KS1 & 2) and Secondary (KS3 & 4) were by the Department for Education.

Online safety is included in the Programmes of Study for all Key Stages to help ensure that young people are “responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.”

Online safety in PSHE and SRE

PSHE and SRE provide great opportunities for approaching a range of key online safety issues such as cyberbullying, safe social networking, healthy digital behaviours, pornography, sexting, privacy and online reputation.

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