At St Michael’s Prep School, the importance of Online Safety is endorsed by every member of staff.
Children are increasingly likely to be living a large proportion of their lives in a digital world and therefore need the tools and understanding to navigate this world safely and positively.
Online safety is covered in both Computing and PSHE lessons, but vitally, every teacher in every subject has the resources available to address online safety issues within each year group. This includes a wide variety of issues, including the importance of privacy, developing an online reputation, recognising online bullying and the importance of screen-free time for improved mental health.
Years 5 and 6 pupils have the option to become Digital Leaders. Digital Leaders work closely with the Head of Computing, partaking in Computing clubs, trips and opportunities to educate others.
Digital Leaders offer advice to their peers on how to be safe whilst online. Each Digital Leader has an account with ChildNet International where they access various resources and courses to enable them to be more educated and aware of the topic. They compete against schools nationally, receiving points for each course completed. Our Digital Leaders also lead a whole school assembly each February for Safer Internet Day.
Activities and advice for children