The advent of the digital age and the internet has created an almost limitless resource that allows our children to learn, interact and experience things in exciting new ways that were impossible to imagine just 20 years ago.

It is also important to recognise that this new world presents schools and parents with new challenges when it comes to keeping our children safe. By being aware of the potential risks that exist in the digital world, we can educate ourselves as to strategies that can be used to try to keep our children as safe as possible in the online world. Whether you are a digital novice or a tech expert, it is very important that you speak to your daughter about the potential pitfalls of the online world and the importance of staying safe.

E-safety can be sorted into the 4 C’s.

CONTENT - The risk of children being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material.

CONTACT - The risk to your child of harmful online interactions with other internet users.

CONDUCT - The risk that a child’s personal behaviour online increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.

COMMERCE - The risk to children from online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing or financial scams.

Here at Queenswood, your daughter will be taught about E-safety in PHSCEE, where she will cover topics including online relationships, online bullying, inappropriate relationships, sexting, grooming, privacy, rights, safe social networking and healthy digital behaviours..

She will also cover some E-safety in Computer Science lessons in Year 7 where students learn about malware, cyberbullying and the importance of keeping a clean digital footprint. Students make an E-Safety Help Sheet as well as carrying out presentation and spreadsheet tasks about malware, digital footprints and cyberbullying. Students opting for GCSE Computer Science in Year 10 will also study a detailed unit of work about cyber security which considers malware, social engineering, password security, authentication techniques and security measures.

In addition to the education we are providing to your daughter, It is very important that as parents or guardians you educate yourselves on the potential online risks your daughter may face. This will allow you to engage with them in a positive fashion when discussing E-safety. To aid you in this, we have included links to some useful documents below: