E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

For families we have created a webpage with useful links and information on topics including e-safety, cyberbullying and social media. Click here to access the information and guidance for parents/carers.

As part of the ICT and computing curriculum and through a cross curricular approach we teach the development of ICT skills and the safe use of the internet. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world.

At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet.  We also take part in the National Safer Internet Week, click below to find out what we did this year:

Safer Internet Week 2017

During the week beginning the 6th February all students at Hope Wood Academy have taken part in activities based around Safer Internet Week.

All classes undertook fun lessons and activities on friendship designed to help them understand what friends are and how we interact with them including offline. For those able to understand this was developed to include the importance of only being friends on Social Media with those who we know personally and not people that we have met online.

Secondary students have also has assemblies based around cyber bullying with particular emphasis placed on online gaming networks such as Xbox live as PSN and reminding students of the the legalities around threats being made online.

Students within Mr. Mc Nichol’s classes within in Key Stages 3 and 4 have also had lessons based around the images you see online may not necessarily be accurate or real. Incorporated in to this was PHSE work around self-esteem and body image and catfishing for those students at an appropriate level. Activities for these students included looking at images to decide which image was the original and which was the edited one as well as looking at images of teenagers to see if they could identify what edits had been made via apps to make people appear more photogenic.