Computing including On-Line Safety
We follow the National Curriculum for computing and our aim is to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
KEY STAGE 1
Pupils will be taught to:
- Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- Create and debug simple programs
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- 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
KEY STAGE 2
Pupils will be taught to:
- Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- 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
- Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
Assess the risks and opportunities:
Where are the devices? What can they do? Can your child get online in his / her bedroom?
- Have you enabled any parental settings on devices / the internet as it comes into the house?
- Disable or cover webcams to avoid accidental sharing of images and talk to your child about the risks of sharing images
- Be clear about what your child is actually doing online? Beware of this changing over time without you really realising!
- Explore what your child is doing online, and where they go and who they can talk to.
Know where to go for help, advice and more information:
- NSPCC Online Safety - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
- NSPCC Net Aware - https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
- Parent Zone - https://parentzone.org.uk/home
- Internet Matters.org (for help with controls and filters) - http://www.internetmatters.org/
- ThinkUKnow - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- BBC Own it - https://www.bbc.com/ownit
Children’s use of technology presents both opportunities and risks which parents are constantly trying to balance.
- There’s no such thing as risk free – have you minimised the risks to your child to a level you are comfortable with?
- Make conscious decisions about Content, Contact and Conduct risks online.
- Take an active interest in your child’s online activity. Get them to show you – make it clear from the beginning that you’re interested and would like to be involved.
- Remember NSPCC’s TEAM message – Talk, Explore, Agree, Manage.