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E-Safety in KS3
E-safety is a major element of KS3 ICT with all students in Year 7 and 8 having e-safety lessons throughout the year. In addition, e-safety themed assemblies and circle time activities take place for KS3 students at various points throughout the academic year.
Year 7: All new students learn how to use our secure controlled VLE environment FirstClass. FirstClass enables our students to communicate with each other and staff without being able to contact anyone outside of that environment. Students cannot email non-FirstClass addresses.
In the autumn term, Year 7 complete an e-safety unit of work with a focus on textbullying and then complete a reliability of information unit of work – determining unreliable or unsafe sources of information. In the spring term, Year 7 learn about the features of social networking sites as well as the benefits and dangers of these sites.
Year 8: e-safety topics are a regular feature in lessons.
Airbrushing Images- Students learn how to identify false images and appreciate that not all images on the Internet are truthful. They discover problems caused by airbrushing images and the effects this can have on the wider society.
Movie Making – Students are taught how to look for and find accurate information for use in their movie. They consider the issues with biased information and learn how biased information can impact on the quality of their movie.
Building Websites – Students design and build their own e-safety website. They evaluate other e-safety websites to discover features that make a good website and then use what they have learnt when creating their own website.
The Future of Technology – Students conduct an investigation about pieces of technology that are currently being developed and then have the chance to design their own future pieces of technology. As part of this work, students consider ways of making the Internet a safer place for young children.
E-Safety in KS4
All students in Year 11 complete an e-safety unit of work as part of their PRE programme of study. In their PRE lessons they will consider a range of e-safety issues:
Staying safe online -students discuss, and identify, the potential dangers of cyber bullying, sexting and social networking sites.
Online Gambling – students learn how online gambling can draw in young people and the dangers that can arise from online gambling.
Downloading – students develop an understanding of copyright laws. They identify examples of copyright infringement and consider whether illegal downloading should have harsher consequences. They learn about the dangers associated with illegal downloading.
In addition, e-safety themed assemblies and circle time activities take place for KS4 students at various points throughout the academic year.