Online safety is embedded throughout the curriculum; however, it is particularly addressed in the following subjects:

  • Computing
  • RSHE
  • PSHE

Online safety teaching is always appropriate to pupils’ ages and developmental stages. At St. Stephen’s Catholic Primary, we follow the Knowsley CLC’s Computing scheme which has online safety embedded throughout with discrete online safety topics for Reception and Years 1-6.

Pupils are taught the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that can help them to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app they are using. The underpinning knowledge and behaviours pupils learn through the curriculum include the following:

  • How to evaluate what they see online
  • How to recognise techniques used for persuasion
  • What healthy and respectful relationships, including friendships, look like
  • Body confidence and self-esteem
  • Consent, e.g. with relation to the sharing of indecent imagery
  • Acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour
  • How to identify online risks
  • How and when to seek support
  • How to identify when something is deliberately deceitful or harmful
  • How to recognise when something they are being asked to do puts them at risk or is age-inappropriate

The online risks pupils may face online are always considered when developing the curriculum.