Online Safety at Roby Mill School
The use of technology, including the internet, is an integral element of learning in our school. To make this as successful and as beneficial as possible for all learners, we expect all children to act safely and responsibly when using technology both within, and outside of, the school environment. In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Here at Roby Mill CE Primary School, every February we join in with the global celebration Safer Internet Day to remind our children how they can be safe, responsible and positive when using digital technology. In the UK, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Keep your computer in a shared area: Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Facebook/bebo/Myspace/Twitter: Many of these social media sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.
In school, we ensure that all resources used by the children are age appropriate and suggest that parents check the terms and conditions for the use of online resources and games to ensure that resources used at home are also age appropriate.
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The 2014 national curriculum introduced a new subject, Computing, which replaced ICT. Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. We want our pupils to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
When you learn to code you can make things happen on your computer. You can make anything you want with code. It could be a game, some pictures or a film.
Computer code is a set of rules or instructions. It is made up of words and numbers and when you put them in the right order it will tell your computer what you want it to do. You can program lots of things with code.
Coding using Scratch
Scratch is a programming language which allows children to program stories, games and animations. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively and reason systematically. While Scratch is primarily designed for 8 to 16 year olds, it is also used by people of all ages, including younger children with their parents.