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Computing and eSafety

At Redbourn Junior we believe that Computer Science and ICT are vital skills. Through these skills our children are able to make sense of and contribute to an increasingly technological world. Here we encourage them to use ICT and computing to create art, design simulations and solve problems; whether this is creating their own movie trailer or discovering how a network really works all are grounded in their own experiences.

Although our children have grown up with technology around them and many naturally develop into competent users, this does not always give them a clear understanding of the underlying processes involved and will not help them to understand how best to apply their skills safely therefore at Redbourn alongside our computing and ICT skills we also teach E-Safety skills.

 As Seymour Papert a well-respected computer scientist and educator, said: “The question is not “What will the computer do to us?” The question is “What will we make of the computer?” The point is not to predict the computer future. The point is to make it.”

Information and Support

In our increasingly digital world e-safety is a vital part of our children’s lives. It is about understanding the technology we all use, the ways in which it may present risks to our children and the ways to manage those risks.

E-Safety is taught in computing lessons, PSHCE lessons and in assemblies. Specific skills are taught to each year group, although regular themes of cyberbullying, safely using the Internet, creating profiles and responding to concerns are covered in each year group.

Each computing unit has an E-Safety element (the key themes of this are listed in the table below) although additional areas may be covered as they arise.

In PSHCE the key themes of cyberbullying and staying safe online are taught in all year groups.


Computing Unit name

Year Group

E-Safety Key Themes

We are programmers


  • Using appropriate websites
  • Checking web addresses
  • Creating a safe user name
  • To share or not to share

We are network engineers


  • Understanding page rankings and safe searching
  • Using advanced search tools

We are communicators


  • Email protocols- think before you post!
  • Cyber bullying

We are opinion pollsters


  • Data privacy and protection
  • Creative Commons

We are HTML editors


  • Safe searching
  • Checking validity of sources/ addresses
  • Not everything is as it seems/anyone can post

We are co-authors


  • Creating a suitable profile
  • Appropriate posting
  • Cyberbullying

We are musicians


  • Copyright
  • Creative Commons

We are meteorologists


  • Video posting protocols

We are architects


  • Using appropriate websites
  • Creative Commons and
  • Accreditation

We are game developers


  • TMI!
  • Staying safe online when sharing your work

We are bloggers


  • Appropriate posting
  • Posting of images
  • Cyberbullying

We are artists


  • Creative commons
  • Using video tutorials safely

We are cryptographers


  • Encryption
  • Creating safe passwords and data privacy

We are App planners


  • Copyright/Creative Commons licences
  • Video posting
  • Advertising- believe it or not?

We are App designers


  • Safe use of open source software
  • Creating online accounts safely

Parent and Pupil Partnership

As part of our commitment to parent and partnership, we ask all parents and children to sign our school’s Acceptable Use Policy when a child enters the school. The children are reminded of this in their classrooms and on the splash-screen each time they logon at school.

Supporting Parents

As this is such a quick moving area of the curriculum we make it a priority to keep parents, pupils and staff as up to date as possible with new developments and possible risks.

We send the Herts County E-Safety newsletter out to parents each term and will let parents know if there is a specific App or site that is causing concern within school using our own newsletter or through our school email.

Staff also receive regular E-Safety updates and training.

Additional Information

There are many useful websites for parents and children available including:

www.thinkuknow.co.ukthinkuknow – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers. This site has information, games and videos matched to different ages of children and for parents too. It is a very good site but please ensure your child is on the correct age setting.


www.childnet.comchildnet – An organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and the safe and positive use of the internet are addressed.  Find great ideas on staying safe gaming and how to set parental controls too.


saferinternet www.saferinternet.org.uk – Here you will find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.


www.kidsmart.org.uk/kidsmart – Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.

internetmatters – Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online.


A Word about Social Media

Children are encountering social media from increasingly early ages. Many games aimed at children have a chat facility (Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin, Minecraft). It is vitally important that children know how to behave safely within these games. This is discussed in school but it is always best for you to chat to your own child about the games they are playing and to discuss with them any chat elements.

COPA Legislation

This is the American legislation that prevents any data being stored about children under 13. This means that many Apps and websites are prohibited to under 13s. (Facebook Instagram)

Please be aware that your children should not be using these sites and that if they are and have used a false birthday they will be exposed to content as it is appropriate to that age.

NB: If you say you are 13, after 5 years you will automatically receive all adult content on many well-known sites(Facebook included) so if you were really only 7 you will be receiving this content at 12!

Specific Guidance from HCC

Instagram Guidance

Instagram is a social networking service based on the sharing of photographs or short videos, usually from mobile devices. It has become very popular with young people, who like to ‘follow’ each other, build up numbers of ‘followers’ and use the service for text chatting and messaging, as well as sharing pictures and videos.

Like most social networking services, Instagram is not intended for children under 13 and this is clearly stated in their Terms of Use.

By default, photographs and videos published by a user are public, and anyone can see them and follow the user. The user must actively choose to make their posts private in order to protect them. If selected, images and videos can also be added to a ‘photo map’ which shows where each picture was taken, therefore potentially giving away the location of the user. A user’s profile picture and ‘bio’ is public, even if he/she chooses to make their posts private.

Herts for Learning have created a short guidance sheet on Instagram, aimed at parents, carers and young people.

instagram_guidance_dec_2014_v1.4.pdf Updated Dec 2014

Facebook Guidance

Many children have a Facebook account even though the T & C state the minimum age is 13 years. To help raise awareness with parents/carers of the safeguarding implications and provide practical advice the HSCB eSafety group have developed a parent handout.

The following page also includes guidance on Facebook privacy settings.

Facebook for Personal Use Updated Dec 2014

Filtering and Parental Controls

 Although filtering and setting parental controls on your devices can be very useful it is always important to talk to your children about what to do if they do come across material that upsets them in someway.

The link below will explain how to set up filtering on your home devices.


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