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Article 34 - Children have the right to be free from abuse.

Article 36 - Children have the right to protection from any kind of exploitation.

Article 36: Every child has the right to be protected from doing things that could harm them.


“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

The opportunities that Computing gives our young people as they grow are both wide and fantastic. Even as little as ten or fifteen years ago the technology being used today would seem amazing. With this ever changing world comes ever changing challenges. It is important that all children are kept safe from things which could make them upset or put them at risk. At school we help the children to think about their use and behaviour of using iPads and computers. In discussions with them and using government advice we can minimise the risks.

The children at Colsterworth School know that they can talk to someone from their ‘safe hand’ if they have a worry or a concern about something online. We follow the rule of ‘zip it, flag it, block it’ in school, and encourage this at home too. 


Zip it: When you’re online, always keep your personal information private and think about what you say and do. Remember, people aren't always who they say they are.

Flag it: If you see anything that upsets you online or if someone asks to meet you, flag it up with someone you trust. If you are worried or
 unhappy about anything you see online, tell a parent/carer or an adult you trust and they can help you.

Block it: Think about blocking people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments. Always delete emails from people you don’t know, and don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. They might be nasty or contain a virus that can stop your computer working.





What is it?

E-cadets is the UK’s leading pupil-led online safety education programme with more than 3,200 schools. In 2016 Abbey Academies Trust began this three year rolling programme. In the academic year 2018/2019 Colsterworth School launched the e-cadets scheme.

There are representatives from each year group from Reception-Year 6. Reception and Key Stage One are the ‘mini e-cadets’ and Key Stage Two are the ‘e-cadets’. There are a number of learning tasks that the children help to plan and deliver to their class. These tasks are age appropriate activities and support the learning of how to be safe online such as; creating safe profiles, identifying adults to share an issue with and safe searching online. This work is evidenced in PSHE books. The e-cadets also help to deliver an assemblies to their Key Stage on Safer Internet Day.

Who are they?

Our mini e-cadets are Evelyn, Sophie, and Millie. Our e-cadets are Edward, Daisy, Sofia and Max. There are posters in each classroom detailing who their classes e-cadet is.


What have children learnt about so far?

Mini e-cadets have taught their peers about:

  • being kind and respectful online
  • how to identify a safe website
  • PEGI ratings and what they mean for safe gaming
  • Making a pledge to help the internet be a happier place
  • Personal profiles
  • Summer safety over the holidays
  • Safe searching
  • Anti-bullying – How to spot bullying behaviour online

E-cadets have taught their peers about:

  • Screen time
  • Online friendships
  • Live streaming
  • PEGI ratings and what they mean for safe gaming
  • Sharing photos
  • Digital footprints
  • Knowing how to design a safe personal profile for a game



Safer Internet Day


What is it?

Safer Internet Day is a global celebration with theme: Together for a Better Internet. More than 2,000 organisations and schools participate in this day every year. It aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology safely, responsibly, respectfully and creatively.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Find out more at

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

What did we do?

KS1 began with a Collective Worship all about an alien called Zap! The story was all about asking for permission to do things online and about the choices we can make about what personal information we give away about ourselves. KS2 discussed the idea of consent such as organisations asking for consent and sharing photos online. Our wonderful mini e-cadets and e-cadets participated in Collective Worships through collecting ideas, giving opinions and reading a prayer.

The children in Reception drew what they thought the internet looked like and Year One played ‘keep it safe or give it away’ linked to keeping personal information private. Year Two used their
reading skills to answer questions about an e-safety story called ‘Penguinpig’ and thought about what Zap should do if he received another message asking to give his mobile phone number away.

KS2 completed a survey and made a permission pledge about what they have learnt from Safer Internet Day. The key message from today is ‘our internet, our choice’ which we will remember and continue to think about when we use the internet.





One Day Creative Workshops

One Day Creative came and led some E-Safety workshops at our school. All children had a workshop called ‘Into the Screen’. Key Stage One and Reception’s workshops were based around traditional tales. We had to enter the game by putting in a safe and secure password. We learnt that passwords should be easy to remember but hard to guess. Once we had entered the game, we found the Three Little Pigs. The big bad wolf was trying to get the first little pig’s address, the name of the second little pig’s school and the third little pig’s phone number. We all knew that we should keep our personal information private and the big bad wolf did not trick us. We learnt a chant ‘STOP, GET OFF, TELL!’ During the next activity, we learnt how important it was to not talk to strangers. Little Red Riding Hood thought she was talking to her Granny but she was actually talking to the big bad wolf! We remembered our chant ‘STOP, GET OFF, TELL!’

In Key Stage Two, there was a focus on keeping personal information private too. Some children got dressed up with masks on and had to try and keep their identity a secret whilst being asked questions. Then it got harder! One child was trying to focus on skipping whilst being fired quick questions… but some of them were trying to get him to reveal his personal information.  We learnt that whilst we are trying to focus on something, such as a game online, we might not be focusing on keeping ourselves safe!


Parent/Carers Computing and E-Safety Workshop

In the Summer Term, Miss Bergmann led a Computing and E-Safety workshop for parents/carers. We had a great turn out and parents/carers across school came with their child/children to attend the workshop. We began by looking at some e-safety stories/poems to show how learning key messages about online safety can be done in a safe, subtle and fun way.

After that, the parents/carers were introduced to some apps that they could go on with their child. We covered how to program on apps such as A.L.E.X, Scratch Jr, BeeBot and BlueBot. The children were amazing at showing what they already knew to their parents/carers.

Finally, the parents/carers were shown SeeSaw which is an app that shows a learning journey of each child. Parents/carers were shown their children’s books and could scan QR codes that linked to their learning journey on SeeSaw. It was amazing to be able to see things such as videos, which parents/carers would never normally get to see.

Here are some e-safety stories/poems that you may like to read with your child:




Beneath the Screen (Poetry)

Chicken Clicking


Clicker the Cat


Webster’s E-Mail

The Technology Tale

Troll Stinks!

Hello Ruby Collection



Internet Safety Poster Competition


The mini e-Cadets and e-Cadets led a Collective Worship inviting the children to have a go at designing a poster to promote being safe online. The mini e-cadets and e-cadets found it very hard to choose a winner!

Lola Miller won the poster competition. She included keeping personal information private, being kind and respectful online, talking to an adult if something worries you, ‘Zip it, Flag it, Block it’ and safe use of the iPads on her poster.

Her poster is now in and around our school and she also won an e-safety story called #Goldilocks. Well done, Lola!



Useful Links


These websites will give you and your child more information about staying safe online. - The police's Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers. A beginner's guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line. - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online. - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying. - Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child’s digital world and get more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!