Primary school becomes first in Bradford to get online safety award

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pupils at Worthinghead Primary School with their award Pupils at Worthinghead Primary School with their award

A primary school has become the first in Bradford to be recognised for its work in teaching children how to stay safe online.

Worthinghead Primary School in Wyke Lane, Wyke, has been awarded the E-Safety mark for its commitment to helping its pupils learn how to avoid the dangers of the digital world.

The school heard it had been given the award shortly before this year's Child Safety Week, which started on Monday.

With children getting access to technology and the internet at an increasingly young age, and many children being more computer savvy than their parents and teachers, the concept of E-Safety is becoming increasingly important.

For the past 18 months the school has been holding specialist lessons to teach pupils and their families how to use gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, the internet and social media.

Staff had worked with the Bradford Curriculum Innovation team to develop the best ways of teaching children about the sensitive topic of online safety. After a visit by E Safety assessors, during which they met with staff, parents and carers, governors and pupils, the school was told it had been successful in its application.

Nicola Smith, IT co-ordinator at the school, said: "We have a commitment that we'll do at least one E Safety lesson each half term, from foundation stage onwards. We discuss all sorts of things from sharing information to cyber bullying and copyright.

"It's an important subject to teach them about. We get as much information as we can from parents to see what the children are already aware of. We also try and support parents. It is not just about saying we've got this award, it is about making sure we have all the right things in place. Technology is constantly changing and more and more children now have mobile phones so it is important to keep on top of things."

She encouraged other schools in Bradford to get involved.

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