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Online Safety

Online Safety Statement

Paulet High Schools online safety statement and procedures applies to all members of Paulet High School (including staff, students, volunteers, parents and carers) who have access to and are users of school ICT systems, both in and out of the school.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016) outlines our responsibility to ensure:

  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility
  • We offer children a balanced curriculum including PHSE, RSE (Relationships and sex education)
  • We offer children and young people balanced curriculum through online activities, enabling them to enhance their skills and knowledge whilst understanding the risks.

At Paulet we are constantly using new technology to help our students with the learning process. In the 21st century we believe that students will need confidence and experience of learning using new technologies in order to be lifelong learners and digital citizens in a connected society. However we appreciate that the harnessing of technology needs to be measured alongside raising awareness of online safety. The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun. However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong. Working with our children we develop a curriculum which enhances skills in identifying and avoiding risk, learning how best to protect themselves and their friends, and knowing how to get support and report abuse if they do encounter difficulties.

At the heart of our digital learning infrastructure is our connection to the internet which facilitates a wide range of learning opportunities. To safeguard students, we actively filter internet content from specific sites which we believe are not conducive to the learning of our students. We also utlise an ‘e-safe’ software package which actively monitors all web activity across our network and ensures our students online safety is a key safeguarding priority for the school.
Our online safety awareness curriculum at Paulet includes:

  • Regular assemblies with a focus on ‘keeping safe online’
  • The use of external speakers on key issues such as grooming; sexting and preventing radicalisation
  • A personal development curriculum which regularly focuses on keeping children safe from ‘risky behaviour’
  • The advertisement of online safety tips through: posters in classrooms; screen displays on all networked computers; online safety pocket cards and online safety awareness in all student planners
  • The use of ICT lessons to explore the practical elements of online safety


ICT and Computer Science Department

As key stakeholders in our digital learning environment the Computer Science and ICT department seeks to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of online safety. The following is an overview of the learning themes which the students experience as they move through the key stages. These themes are constantly reviewed and adapted to reflect the impact of new technologies on the learning environment and contribute towards a cohesive and responsive e-safety environment.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the National Curriculum gives the following guidance:

Pupils should be able to … understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns

Pupils should be able to … understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns
Within the Computer Science and ICT department e-safety awareness is developed across the following themes and learning objectives.

Year 7


  • Understand that bullying can happen through other media such as chatrooms, instant messaging and social networking sites


  • Discuss the main rules that students should follow when using online communications
  • Promote understanding of how a young person can be tricked by someone pretending to be a friend of a similar age
  • Identify measures that they can use to keep themselves safe whilst chatting online


  • Be able to check and comment on the accuracy of the information found on the internet
  • Understand the methods used to judge whether a website is reliable
  • Understand that information on the internet could be inaccurate, biased, or untrustworthy

Year 8


  • Identify that data is being collected about us all of the time
  • Identify some of the issues surrounding data collection
  • Identify different technologies which are used to collect data

Social Networking

  • Understand why they should take care when accepting friends on their social networking site
  • Identify which categories of personal information are acceptable to disclose on a personal profile
  • Understand a digital footprint

Technology and Society

  • Use search engines to locate information to be able to make judgements regarding the suitability of the information found
  • To understand that answers can differ between sites and that they should always double check their information
  • Understand how computer viruses are spread and how to prevent this
  • Understand why the Data Protection Act was introduced

Year 9


  • Investigate cyberbullying, its effects and how it can be prevented

Technology and Society

  • Be able to describe the difference between LAN and WAN and the implications for security
  • Explain what some of the threats are when using computer networks
  • Explain about the threats of using computer networks including how they are transferred and what they can do to a computer system
  • Explain how to avoid some of these dangers (Malware Viruses Worm Trojan Spyware Adware)

Key Stage 4

At key Stage 4 students have the option to continue studying Computer Science at GCSE or ICT in the form of Creative iMedia

  • Understand and explain laws relating to technology and why they were introduced
  • Describe how international laws can affect data stored in the “cloud”
  • Describe how some key pieces of utilities software work. E.g. antivirus, firewall


During each academic year two weeks of the Spring Term (one to coincide with the National Safer Internet day) and two weeks of the Summer Term will be dedicated to promoting e-safety across the school. The Computing Department aims to focus its e-safety topic delivery within these periods which are then supported by whole school activities.



Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. If you have any concerns that a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure, please contact our designated safeguarding lead Mrs. V. Deer (Deputy Head)

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