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At Henbury View First School, we recognise clearly that for our pupils, the Internet and other digital devices already play a huge role in their lives. These devices can be an amazing resource for education and entertainment, and most children use them safely. However, there are also lots of risks online which can potentially lead to harm. These risks can include:

  • Exposure to age inappropriate or distasteful content
  • Harm from interactions with other people online
  • Harm from trusting non-credible sources onlineBe SMART online | Childnet

Unfortunately, there are times when the Internet can be a dangerous place for children. As a school, we have a responsibility to ensure that all our pupils are aware of these risks and can deal with them appropriately. At Henbury, we use the UKCCIS, UK Internet Safety Centre and SWGfL resource ‘Project Evolve’ which is a new and up-to-date planning resource which supports children with their lives online. We also follow the SMART rules of staying safe online, which clearly spells out both the risks and effective ways of dealing with potential problems. These rules are clearly displayed in our shared spaces and in all classrooms, and the children have half-termly e-safety sessions to ensure they understand how to deal with potential problems. We also aim to help support our school community, for example parents, on the possible dangers technology encompasses and advise them on how to deal with these.


When covering the themes below taken from the UKCCIS document ‘Education for a Connected World’, we will use the ‘Be Internet…’ statements with the children to embed the key principles of the unit:

Managing Online Information

Be Internet Alert

I will check something is true before believing what I see online

Online Reputation, Copyright and Ownership

Be Internet Smart

I know how information can be seen by others

Privacy and Security

Be Internet Secure

I know how to keep my personal information private

Self-Image, Identity, Health, Well Being and Lifestyle

Be Internet Me

I understand the positives and negatives of using the Internet

Online Relationships

Be Internet Brave

I know who to tell if I feel uncomfortable online

Online Bullying

Be Internet Kind

I will not be unkind to others online

These key messages will form the children’s e-safety policy. They will be introduced through our e-safety character called ‘Captain Computer’, who will help them stay safe online both at home and at school.

Key Threads

At Henbury View, we have key threads that run through and across year groups. These have been taken from ‘Education for a Connected World’. These will continually be revisited and explored across the academic journey of a child at Henbury. Each thread is underpinned by key vocabulary and knowledge that will be explicitly taught in e-safety sessions. The key threads are:

Managing Online Information

Online Reputation

Self-image and Identity

Online Relationships

Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle

Privacy and Security

Copyright and Ownership

Online Bullying

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Within each year group, these threads include:

  • Self Image and Identity - This strand explores the differences between online and offline identity beginning with self-awareness, shaping online identities and media influence in propagating stereotypes. It identifies effective routes for reporting and support and explores the impact of online technologies on self-image and behaviour.

  • Online Relationships - This strand explores how technology shapes communication styles and identifies strategies for positive relationships in online communities. It offers opportunities to discuss relationships, respecting, giving and denying consent and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice.

  • Online Reputation -  This strand explores the concept of reputation and how others may use online information to make judgements. It offers opportunities to develop strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles.

  • Online Bullying - This strand explores bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues. It offers strategies for effective reporting and intervention and considers how bullying and other aggressive behaviour relates to legislation.

  • Managing Online information - This strand explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. It offers strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation of data, the recognition of risks and the management of online threats and challenges. It explores how online threats can pose risks to our physical safety as well as online safety. It also covers learning relevant to ethical publishing.

  • Health Well-being and Lifestyle - This strand explores the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle e.g. mood, sleep, body health and relationships. It also includes understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them.

  • Privacy and Security - This strand explores how personal online information can be used, stored, processed and shared. It offers both behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise. 

  • Copyright and Ownership - This strand explores the concept of ownership of online content. It explores strategies for protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others as well as addressing potential consequences of illegal access, download and distribution.