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Online safety: Using information technology safely and respectfully

Duration: 1 minute 40 seconds
Date: 05.11.2015

KS1 Module guide

This Key Stage 1 module has been created to help children develop a safe and respectful online behaviour; recognising areas of danger and knowing how to act and react when something goes wrong. The module also offers resources for exploring the vast range of modern products that are controlled by computers and the different ways in which we use information technology.

The module assists teaching and learning associated with the following Key Stage 1 Computing objectives in the National Curriculum:

Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Look at the front screen: Polly, Ash, Scully, Scrap and Ash's mum are sitting in the living room. Ask children to identify the different devices in the room that have computers inside and those which connect to the internet. Discuss the following: Why is it a good idea to be together when going online?

Watch the videos. Staying safe online shows the Espresso characters as they face situations that could cause problems online. Each situation is introduced with the e-safety rule that the characters should use to solve the problem. The E-safety rhyme video is a summary of some key e-safety rules in the form of a rhyme to help children remember them.

The activities help children test their knowledge of e-safety and how they should behave online. In the sorting activity Private or not?, children are asked to distinguish personal information that should be kept private from details that they can safely share online. The E-safety quiz offers an opportunity to choose the right course of action in various online scenarios. Finally, Computers everywhere! is a sorting activity where children have to decide which modern day items have computers inside.

Read the books. Staying safe online explains the key e-safety rules for this age group for further reinforcement, and Computers everywhere! tells the story of how information technology has developed, and explains that computers are now used in many everyday items.

The printable resources are made up of a set of classroom posters, where the Espresso characters deliver key e-safety rules. There is also a poster with a summary of all the rules. Additionally, Online at home is an adult-child worksheet to complete, to help extend the e-safety messages to children's homes.

KS2 Module guide

This module, created for use across Key Stage 2, looks at the benefits of the internet and the risks associated with some of the most popular online activities. It provides starting points for class-based discussion and advice on how to stay safe online.

This module, created for use across Key Stage 2, looks at the benefits of the internet and the risks associated with some of the most popular online activities. It provides starting points for class-based discussion and advice on how to stay safe online

The module assists the teaching and learning of the following Key Stage 2 Science objectives in the 2014 National Curriculum:

The module assists teaching and learning associated with the following Key Stage 1 Computing objectives in the National Curriculum:

Computing

  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns

Show the front screen.Ask the children if they can identify any of the online icons on the screen?  Can they see any that might represent a threat or a risk to Sal, Kim or Eddy? 

Watch the videos. Each of the five videos looks in detail at one of the ways we use the internet. They are designed as tools to promote group or class discussion around the internet and online activities. Listen to children’s own experiences of the internet and expert advice from Dr Emma Bond, Senior Lecturer at University Campus Suffolk and author of Childhood, Mobile Technologies and Everyday Experiences, (Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 9781137292520).

Complete the activitiesThe E-safety quiz and The safe search quiz offer children a chance to consolidate their learning by presenting them with a series of situations and asking them to identify the correct way or safest way to deal with them. Sorting activities ask children to identify and connect internet-related words and phrases with its meaning, associated risk or category.

Read the factfiles. E-chat looks at how we communicate online, the platforms we use to talk to each other and the things we need to do to stay safe in this environment. Staying safe online tells students how to identify the risks and stay safe online. History of the Internet describes how the internet developed and explains concepts such as the World Wide Web and Searching effectively offers tips on staying safe and improving internet search techniques. 

Use the printable resources. The E-bullying printable resource asks students to evaluate two bullying situations and presents them with some possible solutions. It also encourages students to think about the people they can turn to for support. What would you do  looks at the situations students come across online and asks them to identify the risks and the solutions to each scenario. Design an E-safety posterasks students to use everything they have learnt about staying safe online to design a poster for their school and help others stay safe too.

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