The Computing Curriculum – Part 3, Digital Literacy









The Computing in the National Curriculum document produced by Computing At School divides the Computing Curriculum into three strands.






  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Literacy

In this post I am looking at Digital Literacy which includes eSafety.

Children need to be able to use technology safely. They need to keep their
personal information private and treat other people with respect. If something
goes wrong or they see something they don’t like they should know what to do
and where to go for help. They need to understand the main risks relating to:

content – being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
contact – being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
conduct – online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm

Children should understand an age appropriate version of the school’s
Acceptable Use Policy.

eSafeguarding should link with the school’s general child protection policy and
should not be seen as a separate issue.

As children get older they need to know about how to use technology
responsibly. As well as thinking about how their online behaviour affects
others they need to be aware of legal and ethical responsibilities. This includes
respecting copyright and intellectual property rights, keeping passwords and
personal data secure and observing terms and conditions for online services.

The Byron Report
“Kids don’t need protection we need guidance. If you protect us you are making
us weaker we don’t go through all the trial and error necessary to learn what we
need to survive on our own… don’t fight our battles for us just give us assistance
when we need it”

Safer Children in a Digital World, Tanya Byron 2008

The 2014 Ofsted Inspecting eSafety in schools document states that schools
• protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology
• have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident

Outstanding schools:

  • share responsibility for eSafety with all staff
  • provide regular and systematic training for staff and monitor its impact
  • Involve senior leaders, governors, staff and families in developing a clear strategy for eSafety
  • review policies regularly in the light of technological developments
  • have ‘managed’ systems not ‘locked down’ systems so pupils can learn how to assess and manage risk for themselves
  • use assemblies, PSHE lessons, and an age-appropriate curriculum for eSafety
  • help pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies
  • maintain excellent relationships with families and support eSafety at home
Inspecting eSafety in schools, Ofsted 2014

Department for Education
“Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to
play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important…”

“The Teacher Standards state that teachers, including headteachers, should safeguard
children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as
part of their professional duties.”

“Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it
could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the
welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the interests of the child.”

Keeping children safe in education: information for all school and college staff, DfE 2014

About jackcl

E learning consultant in the North East interested in teaching and learning, innovation and new technologies
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