Digital Literacy/Online Safety

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As young people are growing up in a digital world it is imperative that they learn the benefits that technology has to offer and develop a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour. They must develop effective strategies for keeping safe and making a positive contribution online.

The Mr Andrews Online Creative Computing Curriculum aims to support young people to be safe, healthy and succeed online. The projects cover eight different aspects of online safety education (see below) for pupils in key stages 1 and 2. The Education for a Connected World framework ‘aims to support and broaden the provision of online education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive cultural change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours, and supports educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.’

Self Image & Identity

Explores the differences between online and offline identity beginning with self-awareness, shaping online identities and how the media impacts on gender and stereotypes. It identifies effective routes for reporting and support and explores the impact of online technologies on self-image and behaviour. 

Online Relationship

Explores how technology shapes communication styles and identifies strategies for positive relationships in online communities. It offers opportunities to discuss relationships and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice. 

Online Reputation

Explores the concept of reputation and how others may use online information to make judgements. It offers opportunities to develop strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles. 

Online Bullying

Explores bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues. It offers strategies for effective reporting and intervention.

Managing Information

Explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. It offers strategies for effective searching and critical evaluation.

Health, Well Being & Lifestyle

Explores the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle. It also includes understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them. 

Privacy & Security

Explores how personal online information can be used, stored, processed and shared. It offers both behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise. 

Copyright & Ownership

Explores the concept of ownership of online content. It explores strategies for protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others.