E-Safety in the
Paul Mc Carthy
What (I think) you want
To understand why this area of the
Computing curriculum is important
To get some ideas that you can use
in the classroom
Ofsted definition of e-Safety
A school’s ability:
- to protect and educate pupils and staff in their
use of technology
- to have the appropriate mechanisms to
intervene and support any incident where
Content, Contact, Conduct
The appropriateness of online content. Effective filtering of
How children interact on the internet. The potential risk from
How children act online. Posting pictures, downloading music,
Link everything to real life
From Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (2014)
choosing what to view
who to talk to
sharing (photos, personal information)
illegal or inappropriate activity
music downloads / spending on games
School teacher quits after calling pupils
'b*******' and 'Fkrs' in a Facebook rant
because they looked at his pictures online
Disgrace of the six drinking, pole-
dancing primary school teachers who
published the pictures on Facebook
• Context is key
• Teach children to
apply life lessons to
their work online
• Children need to be
able to make sensible
• Discussion is often a
great way to explore
Link it to real life
“You are in the park and a lady says she’s lost her
dog. She needs help looking for it. What do you do?”
Appropriate behaviour online
Watch the video or skip to the end.
Click next and follow the instructions.
Sharing personal information
Video for upper KS2.
Demonstrates need to link to real life.
Who are you talking to?
Click on Play Games and then Pic your Friends.
What should I do?
What should I do with…
Click on Play Games and then Drop
What to do when
something bad happens
Teaching children what
to do when something
Help children to make choices.
Link E-Safety to comparable real-
Our use of the internet and
technology is always evolving, so
does the way we teach children
Banning all 3G/4G devices?
Online gaming feuds?