Online safety is an integral part of education in today’s digital world and is embedded in the learning at Wellfield Middle School. We also want to help our parents and students to improve their own understanding of online safety issues so they can learn to use the Internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way. If you have any concerns about your child’s digital activity in school, please contact a member of our safeguarding team.
The Internet Matters app has been installed on your child’s school iPad. It is extremely useful for Years 5 and 6, as it gives our parents an opportunity to work through online safety issues with their child using the app. We strongly recommend spending time going through the app with your child. It will provoke discussions about online safety and hopefully give both of you a greater understanding of how to stay safe and how to deal with any issues that may arise.
Online safety is taught in individual lessons throughout the year in Computing, across all year groups. Amongst the resources used are Be Internet Legends and Common Sense Media. We change what is taught regularly, as new issues are a frequent problem in the digital world.
Additionally, online safety is also featured in Be Spirited lessons, and is incorporated as part of the overall teaching at the school.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is a yearly international event which takes place in February. All students participate in this day through their Computing lessons, but they also have form discussions and activities in order to access different aspects of the yearly theme. In 2019 the theme was ‘consent’ and the impact that has in digital media. The theme produced interesting ideas and perspectives from the students, and caused many to consider the impact of what they post in social media.
These guides provide a useful look at the potential problems with some of the digital media currently available.