Online safety is embedded within our curriculum. The school provides a comprehensive curriculum for online safety which enables pupils to become informed, safe and responsible. This includes teaching to prevent radicalisation, for which staff provide a narrative to counter extremism.
The curriculum is flexible and can respond to any immediate online safety issues and risks as they emerge.
It is necessary for pupils to develop skills of critical awareness, digital resilience and good online citizenship to enable them to use internet, mobile and digital technologies safely and responsibly. Pupils are taught to recognise the creative, collaborative, cultural, economic and educational opportunities provided by the internet, mobile and digital technologies. Curriculum work will also include:
- Understanding how to use the internet, mobile and digital technologies in a balanced and appropriate way to avoid negative impact on wellbeing, e.g. regulated screen time and diverse online activity
- Learning how to develop a positive online reputation and enhance future opportunities e.g. in relationships and employment
- Developing critical thinking skills in relation to online content e.g. recognising fake news and extremism, understanding commercial manipulation, maintaining an authentic sense of self that is resilient to online pressure, learning how easy it is to lie online (i.e. users may not be who they say they are and may have ulterior motives)
- Understanding the dangers of giving out personal details online (e.g. full name, address, mobile/home phone numbers, school details, IM/email address) and the importance of maintaining maximum privacy online
- Thinking carefully before placing images online and considering their appropriateness and understanding the importance of gaining consent before posting photographs of others
- Understanding the permanency of all online postings and conversations
- Understanding relevant legislation, including copyright, and the importance of respecting other people’s information, reputation and images
- What constitutes cyberbullying, how to avoid it, the impact it has and how to access help.
Working in Partnership with Parents/Carers
We are delighted to announce that St Cuthbert Mayne has worked with National Online Safety (NOS) to deliver an interactive online workshop for all of our parents & carers.
The course can be taken at your own convenience and covers:
- Information about online dangers and the newest platforms
- What online risks to look out for and how to protect your child
- Interactive quizzes to check your understanding
Please find below the website you need to visit to register your account.
You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown.
Once you have registered, you will be able to access the “Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and National Online Safety’s Resources (which includes 50+ online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games). This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the internet.
Visit the NOS eLearning Hub and register. (opens in a new window)
The school works closely with families to help ensure that children can use internet, mobile and digital technologies safely and responsibly both at home and school. It is important that parents/carers understand the crucial role they play in this process. The school seeks to regularly consult and discuss online safety with parents/carers and seeks to promote a wide understanding of the benefits of new technologies and associated risks. The school provides regular updated online safety information through the school website and by other means.
The support of parents/carers is essential to implement the online safety policy effectively and keep all children safe.
The full Online Safety Policy can be accessed from the Policies page.
The Online Agreement and IT Acceptable Use Agreement for pupils is available from the Letters and Forms page under the Virtual Office.