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 Introduction  
Langley Grammar School's ICT Department and it's transition project called The Digital Schoolhouse have adapted a series of year 7 lessons on the topic of 'e-Safety' and 'using the internet effectively'. We use the plans and resources to teach our pupils. We are currently working with our special schools network group (primary) to make the cross key stage link. This series of lessons has been designed to encourage primary and secondary schools (locally or even globally) to work together to provide a cohesive strategy for teaching e-safety and how they can use the internet effectively to support other subjects.
 
All our lesson plans and resources have been uploaded onto our website for others to use free of charge. These lessons employ a variety of audio, visual and kinaesthetic (VAK) teaching activities e.g. pupils perform a drama activity to learn how the internet and email works. Teachers are also provided with a range of resources including an advertising board to find a partner school, recommended software to support pupils with English as a second language (EAL) or special educational needs (SEN), video and paper step-by-step instructions, worksheets and research sheets, as well as links to relevant videos explanations freely available on the internet.
 
How much does it cost?
  • It's FREE... you don't even have to register!
What's in it for our pupils?
  • The secondary school pupils who take part in this project gain an understanding of how to stay safe on the internet, whilst also experiencing what it is like to plan and create a multimedia project with a 'real' audience with needs. After completing the project pupils will receive feedback from a primary school pupil about their work.

  • The primary school pupils will get the opportunity to evaluate the work completed by the secondary school pupils which will help them with understanding what is expected from them when they go to secondary school. By evaluating the leaflet, primary pupils are exposed to the e-safety message in a fun and innovative way. Primary school teachers are also provided with a series of e-safety resources to reinforce the learning. The primary pupils are allowed to keep and take home the leaflets they evaluate and use them whilst they are on the internet.

  • When both the primary and secondary schools have completed the e-safety scheme of work we would suggest that they move on to the resources provided on 'using the internet effectively' to support their curriculum needs. We have spilt these resources into lesson outlines with resources for primary teachers and secondary teachers. We provide guidance on which of the secondary lessons are suitable for primary pupils with minor alterations to suit your chosen cross curicular needs.

 
Project overview
 
The transition project begins with a representative of a secondary school approaching their local primary school(s) to setup an e-safety transition project. If the secondary school is unable to develop a suitable collaboration then they can use The Digital Schoolhouse message board to request partner primary schools (regionally, nationally, or even globally) who would like to collaborate.  
 
Overview of (KS3) year 7 curriculum
Using the resources available on the 'Secondary e-safety' page, the year 7 pupils begin a scheme of work focusing on e-safety. Pupils research what e-safety is and practical skills to stay safe online. Pupils are then challenged to share what they have learnt by creating a leaflet aimed at year 5 and 6 pupils. Year 7 pupils should use a desktop publishing package e.g. Microsoft Publisher to create their leaflets. When pupils have completed planning and making their leaflets, pupils are give the opportunity to work in pairs (peer assessment) to improve their work before they submit their work to the class teacher.
 
The school's representative should gather the pupils work for either:
  • printing - if working with schools locally.
  • uploading - if working with schools globally (using a compression programme such WinZip then uploading onto The Digital Schoolhouse website). 
 
To ensure the privacy of the pupil who produced the leaflet, the class teacher is encouraged to give each pupil a number (only known to the teacher) which is placed on his or her work so that when the evaluation sheets are returned they have a way of allocating feedback.
 
The secondary school then pass the leaflets to the partner primary school using their preferred method. The primary school should complete and return the evaluation sheets to the secondary school. 
 
Whilst your pupils are awaiting feedback on their leaflets why not consider using the scheme of work we have provided called Secondary 'using the internet'.
 
Overview of (KS2) year 6 curriculum
Using the resources available on the 'Primary e-safety' page, the year 6 pupils have an introduction into staying safe on the internet. Before providing feedback, pupils record the number located on the leaflet at the top of the evaluation sheet then record their opinions and rating of the work using the criteria provided. The class teacher should collate the evaluation sheets to either:
  • print - if working with schools locally.
  • upload - if working with schools globally (using a compression programme such WinZip then uploading onto The Digital Schoolhouse website). 
 Finally, the primary school class teacher can either: 
  • encourage the primary pupils to take home the leaflet evaluated so that the message can be shared with parents at home then stand them next to the family computer as a reminder on how to stay safe!  
  • use the leaflets as part of an e-safety display in the pupils classroom or the school's ICT suite. 
Once you have covered the e-safety basics why not introduce your pupils to the skills they will need at secondary school for using the internet effectively by using the resources on Primary 'using the internet'.
 
Information for parents and teachers
Langley Grammar School's Digital Schoolhouse would like to recommend that teachers encourage parents and guardians to visit the www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents/ website to assist them with understanding internet safety and cyber bullying.
 
Alternatively, Langley Grammar School's Digital Schoolhouse has collaborated with the British Computer Society (BCS) to provide a relevant e-safety download called: "BCS Input to Internet Governance Forum, (IGF), Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying, Guidance for Parents". The purpose of this document is to educate both parents and teachers on internet safety and cyber bullying. Click here to download the PDF document. We would encourage you to download and distribute this document together with the ThinkYouKnow website link for parents.
 

Contents of Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying, Guidance for Parents:

1. How can I keep my child safe online?
2. How do I choose the best internet service provider for me?
3. How can I help educate my child about staying safe online?
4. Can I block unsuitable material?
5. Where can I get this software?
6. What is child sex abuse?
7. What are children at risk of, from child sex abusers, online?
8. What is online grooming?
9. What is social networking?
10. What is a blog?
11. What is a forum?
12. What is an applications?
13. What is a network?
14. How do young people use blogs and social networking?
15. What are the risks when social networking to children and young people?
16. Do you have a case study to explain the risks posed to children when using social networking and IM?
17. Do you have any specific guidance for protecting children using social networking websites?
18. What is instant messaging?
19. What is a buddy list?
20. What is a chat room?
21. Are there different kinds of chat room?
22. What is an avatar?
23. Why do children use chat rooms?
24. Why do children use instant messenger?
25. What are the risks to children when using chat rooms or instant messenger?
26. How can I minimise the risks to my children? 
27. What should I do if I am still concerned?
 
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