Computers and the internet are an integral part of life in the 21st century. They are an essential resource to support learning and teaching. At Hillbrook, we prepare children to use these technologies and gain the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
E-safety is essential to create and maintain a safe online and ICT environment.
Our E-safety scheme of work is broken down into the following areas:
Pupils and students learn strategies for managing their online information and keeping it secure from online risks such as identity thieves and phishing. They learn how to create strong passwords, how to avoid scams and schemes, and how to analyse privacy policies.
These lessons are designed to help pupils and students explore their own digital lives, focusing on their online versus their offline identity. Pupils and students learn the benefits and risks of personas and the effects on their sense of self, their reputation, and their relationships.
Pupils and students reflect on how they can use intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to build and strengthen positive online communication and communities. They delve into the concept of digital citizenship and digital ethics, and they reflect on their online interactions.
Pupils and students learn what to do if they are involved in a cyberbullying situation. They explore the roles people play and how individual actions – both negative and positive – can impact their friends and broader communities. Pupils and students are encouraged to take the active role in building positive, supportive online communities.
Digital Footprint Reputation
Pupils and students learn to protect their own privacy and respect others’ privacy. Our digital world is permanent, and with each post pupils and students are building a digital footprint. By encouraging pupils and students to self-reflect before they self-reveal, they will consider how what they share online can impact themselves and others
Creative Credit Copyright
Living in a “copy/paste” culture, pupils and students need to reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators in the online spaces where they consume, create, and share information. From addressing plagiarism to piracy, pupils and students learn about copyright and fair use.
Information Literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, pupils and students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit.
Pupils and students explore how the internet offers an amazing way to collaborate with others worldwide, while staying safe through employing strategies such as distinguishing between inappropriate contact and positive connections. These foundational skills are just the beginning!
Safe search engine for children
Vodafone Digital Parenting – resources on setting up electronic devices and using the internet
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection
ConnectSafely.org is an organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security.
BBC Web wise
Free advice on being safe online
Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.
Setting up filters
Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone.
Parent Zone was founded in 2005 and has a track record of providing information, support and advice to parents. In recent years, The Parent Zone's work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families. We provide information, resources and training for parents and those who work with them.
CEOP (link is external) is the child protection command of the National Crime Agency. CEOP reaches over three million children and young people a year through its Thinkuknow education programme and regularly conveys its vital online safety messages to over 100,000 practitioners (such as social workers, teachers and police officers) registered to their network, who cascade these messages directly to children and young people.