Computing and Online Safety

ICT is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. 

Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.

The school believes that Computing

  • Gives pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials
  • Can present information in new ways which help pupils understand and use it more readily
  • Can motivate and enthuse pupils
  • Can help children focus and concentrate
  • Offers potential for effective group working
  • Has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.

The school's aims are to:

  • Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT for all children
  • Use Computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum
  • To respond to new developments in technology

Internet Safety

At The Cedars Primary School we teach and follow the SMART rules.

Safe - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

Meeting - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

Accepting Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

Reliable - Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family

Tell - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

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Teaching Online Safety @ The Cedars

As part of the Computing curriculum at The Cedars Primary School, all children are taught a unit on How to Stay Safer Online at a level appropriate to their age and understanding. It includes knowing what is personal information and the need to keep it safe, who to tell if someone or something makes them feel uncomfortable or worried as well as lessons on cyber bullying, what it is, how to avoid getting involved and where to seek advice. This is revisited throughout the school year in both ICT lessons and PSHE.

Please visit our Parent's Safety Zone for more information on how to keep you and your children safe online and make the most of your time on the internet. They do not hope to cover everything, but provide a start and give links to other on-line guides and help.