Digital Literacy and Computing
At Archibald, we take the issue of E-Safety and Digital Literacy very seriously.
At the beginning of each academic year, the children are taught about how to stay safe whilst using the vast array of technology available to them. These lessons are consolidated throughout the year in all of our Computing lessons.
We take part in Safer Internet week in February each year which again builds on the messages of being safe and kind on the internet.
Each February, we hold our Digital Literacy event which gives advice and guidance on how to keep your child safe. The advice from this event changes yearly as technology and children’s interests change.
We also regularly review our policies to ensure they are up to date with the ever-changing world of technology.
The children take part in E-safety lessons to help them to navigate the digital world and make the right choices. This year we will be using the Project Evolve resources. They teach 8 different strands of Digital Literacy at an age appropriate level. These strands are closely linked to our PSED curriculum.
- Self Image and Identity: shaping online identities and how media impacts on gender and stereotypes
- Managing Online Relationships: relationships and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice.
- Online Reputation: strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles
- Online Bullying: strategies for effective reporting and intervention and how bullying and other aggressive behaviour relates to legislation
- Managing Online Information: offers strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation and ethical publishing
- Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle: understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them
- Privacy and Security: behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise.
- Copyright and Ownership: protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others as well as addressing potential consequences of illegal access, download and distribution.
These ideas are reinforced by our staff throughout the Computing curriculum.
Top tips for being a digital parent
- Keep in touch with the apps and games your child is using. Sign up to icebreaker emails from https://nspcc.o2.co.uk to help you start the conversation.
- Try playing the games or using the app. Visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org which will advise you on any features you may need to disable or may need to monitor.
- Look at PEGI ratings or age rating for games or apps.
- Check your child’s privacy or chat settings to ensure they are safe online
- Set up safe searching and parent controls on all devices. Visit https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls for guides.
- Check our Twitter feed for a Wake Up Wednesday post to keep up with the latest trends.
- Attend our Digital Literacy meeting to help you keep up with the ever-changing world of technology
If you have any concerns about games or apps your child is using or is asking to use please speak to Mrs Turner, Mr Bourke or Mrs Jones. We can educate the children on how to use these games or apps safely and share advice with other parents.
Social Media Information
More and more children are using social media from a younger and younger age. At Archibald, we make children aware of how to use Social Media safely through our Digital Literacy lessons. However, when children are using social media at home they need to ensure they know how to set up privacy and safety settings, as well as how to block and report.
Visit www.h2bsafetycentre.com for the videos and tips on how to change privacy settings on all Social Media apps on both Android and Apple. It is updated whenever there is a change in the way an app works and keeps up to date with new apps that are becoming more popular with children.
Please note that these controls are not guaranteed to protect 100%.
Useful resources and websites
http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/KidSMART-poster.pdf – The 5 Smart Rules
https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers – Advice on conversation starters and advice on reporting issues on online.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ – Useful resources and advice from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children on and offline
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ – Guides to the most popular games and apps that children are using currently.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org – Reviews from parents and children about current apps and games. Guides on what you need to know and how to disable chat features.
https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls – Guides to how to set up controls on all your devices.
GEM education – Handout from our Digital Literacy session
Childnet_Supporting-young-people-online – Childnet leaflet
Wake Up Wednesday
Each week on Twitter we share a Wake Up Wednesday guide to help parents to know about current apps and games. They give you great tips on how to make it safer when your child wants to use this app or play this game.
Below find some of the recent guides they have shared.