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.
At St.Dominic’s we make sure we equip our students with the knowledge needed to make the best use of the internet and technology in a safe, considered and respectful way, so they are able to reap the benefits of the online world.
Our pupils are taught about online safety and harms. This includes being taught what positive, healthy and respectful online relationships look like, the effects of their online actions on others and knowing how to recognise and display respectful behaviour online. Throughout these subjects, St.Dominic’s teachers address online safety and appropriate behaviour in an age appropriate way that is relevant to our pupils’ lives.
This complements our computing curriculum, which covers the principles of online safety at all key stages, with progression in the content to reflect the different and escalating risks that pupils face. This includes how to use technology safely, responsibly, respectfully and securely, and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
At St.Dominic’s we feel we have a duty to teach children how to distinguish fact from opinion as well as exploring freedom of speech and the role and responsibility of the media in informing and shaping public opinion. We also teach about the concept of democracy, freedom, rights, and responsibilities.
We are fully committed to ensuring our pupils are receiving a fully rounded education with regard to online safety, both in terms of how to stay safe but also how to behave online.
With these skills we ensure that our pupils are able to get the most out of their digital learning in order to help them achieve a high-quality computing education, which would equip them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
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