What is E-Safety?
Taken from the digital safeguarding policy
At the James Montgomery Academy Trust (JMAT) we understand that computer technology is an essential resource for supporting teaching and learning. The internet, and other digital and information technologies, open up opportunities for pupils and play an important role in their everyday lives.
The JMAT and its schools recognises that today’s pupils are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. The JMAT Digital Safeguarding policy and day-to-day online e-safety procedures have due to regard to the most recent DFE non-statutory guidance entitled ‘Teaching online safety in school’ (June 2019). This helps teach our pupils how to stay safe online, within both new and existing school subjects (including Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, Health Education, Citizenship and Computing). We teach pupils about the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that can help them to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app.
The JMAT is committed to providing a safe learning and teaching environment for all pupils and staff, and has implemented important controls to prevent any harmful risks.
How do we teach E-Safety?
Safe use of the internet is taught through the computing scheme of work which children access from Year 1 to Year 6. The children learn the fundamentals of how to access the internet, communicating through it and how the internet supports computer programming.
Our children also access PHSE learning from Foundation 2 to Year 6 through the Jigsaw Scheme of Work. Learning in this area means they access units of work focused on safety and more particularly with technology each year. The children develop a range of strategies to stay safe in a number of situations. Through a range of resources, the children are encouraged to see situations in the virtual world as they would do in the real world.
Further information for parents
We understand this can be something which parents find concerning. There are a range of sites parents can access so they can help their children to stay safe. The links are below.