Computing and Online Safety

Subject leader: Mrs Burgess

At Trinity Academy Richmond we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils through a modern, ambitious and relevant education in computing. We want to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity that will enable them to become active participants in the digital world. 

Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want children to develop as respectful, responsible and confident users of technology, aware of measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online. 

Our pupils will:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Understand and apply the principles of e-safety
  • Know about great programmers, computer technologists and innovators, and understand the historical and cultural development of their ideas
  • Experience a diverse range of computing through STEM visits and visitors
  • Learn about career opportunities that involve computing

 

To implement our computing curriculum, we have a variety of hardware available to pupils including:

  • A class set of laptops
  • A class set of Ipads
  • Makey Makey coding resources
  • Bee Bot programming resources

Online Safety

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an ever developing society. Many young people see the internet, various devices and mobile phones as positive, productive and creative elements in their learning. Above all, modern technologies support social activity and allow young people to feel connected to their peers.

We all have an important role in balancing the opportunities offered with the potential risks that technologies pose, by supporting children and young people to develop as safe and responsible users of technology.

At Trinity Academy Richmond, pupils build online resilience through the use of the ‘Project Evolve – Education for a Connected World’ framework. The framework aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours.

 

View our online safety policy on our policies page.

Useful Links and Resources

Below are a list of useful websites, advice and resources that you may find helpful when navigating the issue of online safety with your child.

Think U Know

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Think u know is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

Internet Matters

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/esafety-leaflets-resources/

A comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child. Some of their guidance we attach below but you can find even more by visiting the link.

National Online Safety

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/

National Online Safety’s mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The link above provides up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using.

NSPCC

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

The NSPCC are the first to admit that the internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where the NSPCC come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.

Childnet

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people. Packed with resources it is a great resource for parents.

CEOP

http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is part of the National Crime Agency and their website can be used to report if you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online.

BBC  Own It

https://www.bbc.com/ownit

The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.

Safer Internet Centre

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

Safer internet seeks to bring together parents and children to raise awareness of the risks children face online. Last year they were able to get their message across to 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents.


The number of apps and social media channels your child could be exposed to grows and changes all the time, as does an app’s functionality.

We recommend you visit the National Online Safety website or download their app to read the latest and most current advice on the use, popularity and parental controls that can be set for many devices, apps and gaming platforms. These can be downloaded from https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides or from https://info.nationalonlinesafety.com/mobile-app.

http://www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/