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Computing Ambassadors' E-Safety Videos

Our computing ambassadors have been busy this term interviewing pupils at lunch time about their thoughts and opinions on e-safety. They have created and edited videos to help promote e-safety within the school:

Alfie and Matthew

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Connor and Melody

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Kara and Kamilia

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Kyle and Izzy

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Rhys and Riley

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E-Safety Curriculum Work - Pupils Create 'Information Points'

In computing we have been creating Information Points about different e-safety topics. Through our research and discussions we have developed our digital minds to consider what is safe and unsafe to do online. Here’s some examples slides from pupil’s work:

Phishing quiz

Are you prepared for when you might receive a phishing email? Phishing is when criminals pretend to be a company to send you to a fake website to try and get your bank details!

Have a go at the quiz below and see if you can spot the real from the fake:

Cyber Security Challenge UK

Cyber Security Challenge run lots of activities to help us become stronger online citizens. Part of e-safety is keeping our data and information safe online.

Why not challenge yourself and have a go at some of their online cyber games:

Girls – we need you! Cyber careers for girls!

Have you ever considered working in e-safety? Technology in the 21st century is huge which means security needs to constantly step up its game! It also means that companies need lots of cyber security experts and they need girls with the knowhow to protect computer systems.

Have a look at the inspirational women who work in cyber security:

Encryption and Network Security

Ever noticed that WhatsApp ‘encrypts’ messages? This basically means all messages are scrambled! That means that if anyone intercepts the messages when they are sent over the internet they are unreadable. This keeps our data secure.

Encryption actually originally came from Julius Caesar who encrypted the messages he sent to his soldiers so they wouldn’t be stolen by the enemy before they got to his troops!

Can you decrypt messages? Test your skills of decrypting the encrypted messages in this fun game:

National Online Safety Day

This year's National Online Safety Day took place on Tuesday 8th February 2022. 

During this week, all classes used their computing lesson to discuss the theme of 'All Fun and Games.' It allowed children to think about their actions online, when gaming and chatting with others - Would they speak to their friends in real life, in the same tone that they would talk to people online? Importantly, children also considered whether or not they actually knew the other people in their game. 

Tasks included role play opportunities, real-life situations in which children were asked to talk about their empathetic feelings towards others and discussion about how to stay safe online. 

E-Safety is always a consideration during our lessons, not just computing, but this gave us the opportunity to re-iterate these expectations and review why it is important to stay safe online. 

At the start of the new year, all children at Westacre have been thinking about their own Digital Footprints.


What is a digital footprint?

It is important to know that if you post something on the internet, it will stay there. On the Internet a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or “footprints” that people leave online.​​​​​​​


Your digital footprint

Every time you go online you leave a trail. If you take a look in the history section of your website browser and you can see the websites you have visited in the past.​​​​​​​

We are living in an increasingly digital world. You might add data about yourself on a great number different websites or applications.

Your own digital footprint is the data that is left behind by you on all the digital services that you use. Take a look at the footprint image below….how many do you recognise?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

5 Ways to Make a Positive Digital Footprint!

Students need to be aware of the digital footprint they are creating. During all their navigating, learning and creating are they also building their sense ...

All children at Westacre have read and signed the following e-safety charter at the start of the school year: