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E-safety: Using information technology safely and respectfully

Duration: 1 minute 6 seconds
Date: 15.09.2015

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.

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