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Digital Safety

Digital safety: vision

In order for pupils to be safe in a digital world, they need to - 

Be digitally literate – have a secure enough understanding of technology and the internet to be able to keep themselves safe.

Be a good digital citizen – acting appropriately online to keep themselves and others safe.

Be digitally resilient – can cope when things go wrong, know where and how to seek support and how to resolve a problem safely.


As a School we work closely with pupils, parents and members of the community to support children as they learn to navigate the online world.  Our comprehensive curriculum begins in the Lower School and runs through to Year 11, evolving as the nature of pupils’ lives and their internet presence changes and grows.  Digital safety is explicitly taught and any issues tackled head on – the internet, tablets, phones and devices are wonderful tools for children to learn and explore the immense world around them, however they present real dangers and risks too, which can often be less visible. We help pupils learn to navigate this digital world with confidence and resilience, so that they can safely enjoy all of the benefits that technology brings.​

Because keeping children safe is something we all have shared responsibility for, as a School we work closely with parents and carers to provide information and guidance about digital safety:

  • The School website has a detailed section on Digital Safety, containing a wealth of resources and links, as well as advice from the School with regards to keeping children safe online.

  • Half termly newsletters are written with relevant, recent information that parents should be aware of.

  • Partners in Learning – an evening in January to work together on current issues around online safety.

  • Advice is offered through Curriculum Evenings.

  • Andy Hider leads a Parenting Evening on Online Safety.

  • Bespoke support is provided for parents and pupils where necessary.



The Westgate School Digital Safety Curriculum Overview.  Throughout their time at The Westgate School pupils learn about numerous aspects of digital safety to help protect and support them with the online issues they might face.  Whilst the issues are constantly changing depending on what the latest game/craze is, we strive  to help our pupils understand the key safety concerns and to help them to make wise decisions regarding their online presence.

Please click here to view the Primary Online Safety PPT


Lower School Digital Safety


This begins in the Lower School, where the digital safety content is covered in computing lessons and through PSHE (personal, social and health education).


In Key Stage 1, the following topics are discussed:

  • Using technology safely and respectively

  • Keeping personal information private

  • Knowing where to go for help and support when they have concerns regarding content

These topics are debated through a variety of resources such as the Chicken Clicking book, which helps to explain some of the problems Lower School pupils might face online.

Please use this link to the Youtube video to see what the book covers

In Key Stage 2, the pupils continue to look at the areas mentioned in Key Stage 1, as well as the following topics being introduced:

  • Passwords and personal data security

  • Online safety (when using games etc)

  • Building an understanding of how information is kept and stored

  • Knowing where to go when concerned (SMART)



  • Stay Safe
  • Don’t Meet up
  • Accepting Files
  • Reliable (websites etc…)
  • Tell someone

Upper School Digital Safety

The digital safety of pupils in the Upper School is taught in different areas of the curriculum, including assemblies and CPSHEE. Year 7 and 8 will also have Digital Studies lessons which contain elements of digital safety.

Year 7 and 8 Digital Safety Content (taught through a combination of CPSHEE and Digital Studies)

In Year 7, the following topics are discussed:


  • Introduction to online safety – this includes passwords and Westgate’s acceptable computer use policy.

  • Strategic and safe searching – assisting pupils in looking at searching appropriately and helping them to recognise that key words will assist them in finding the content they are looking for.

  • Scams and schemes including phishing – making sure pupils are aware of the risks involved with clicking on different adverts and understanding how to recognise risky emails.

  • Cyberbullying – helping pupils to remain safe if they use social media and discussing what to do if issues arise.

  • A Creator’s Rights – helping pupils to understand rights surrounding information posted online and copyright laws.

In Year 8, year 7 content is used as a foundation for the following topics:


  • Online Safety – how to stay safe online in a wide range of different contexts.

  • A Creator’s Responsibilities (Computer Misuse Act) – supporting A Creator’s Rights, helping pupils to understand what is acceptable online.

  • Safe Talk Online – discussing how to protect pupils from posting inappropriate content including social media photos etc.

  • Personal/Private Data – looking at how to safeguard pupils against allowing others to read their personal data without them being aware of it.

  • The Data Protection Act 2018 – making sure pupils are aware of the consequences of GDPR.

  • Plagiarism/Copyrights – supporting A Creator’s Rights, helping pupils to understand what is acceptable in terms of plagiarism and copyright laws.


Year 9 to year 11 Digital Safety Content (covered in CPSHEE)

The units are used to help support pupils in understanding how to remain safe online and allow them time to ask their deeper questions surrounding different aspects of online safety. This often links to questions surrounding social media and how to stay safe in the online world.

In year 9, the following topics are discussed:

  • Digital Footprint – how to protect yourself with regard to your digital footprint.

  • Identifying high quality sites – helping pupils to assess the quality of a website.

  • Reality of Digital Drama – understanding what to do in the face of a digital drama.

  • Cyberbullying – building on the Year 7 unit of cyberbullying and making sure pupils have time to discuss what is relevant or problematic for them.

  • Rework Reuse – building on the Year 7 and 8 Creator Rights and Responsibilities, continuing to develop pupils’ awareness of plagiarism and making sure they are good digital citizens.

In Year 10 and 11, the following topics are discussed:

  • Digital Life including :

  • Staying safe online

  • Who are you online

  • Oops I broadcast it online

  • Being cyber aware

  • Who is watching you – helping pupils to think through securing their online presence.

  • How does social media affect relationships – building a deeper awareness of the risks and difficulties as well as the potential benefits associated with online social media.

  • Cyber bullying – building on the Year 7, 8 and 9 units.

  • Copyrights and wrongs – continuing to build on Year 7, 8 and 9 units.

  • Feeling exposed – helping pupils to develop a greater understanding of the support available to them and ways of asking for that support if it is needed.

Pupil Leadership of Digital Safety

Digital Leaders: Our Digital Leaders are passionate about working with teachers to improve and develop our use of Technology to support the lives of everyone within our School community.

As a group they have led a wide range of projects and initiatives, just a few of which are described below:

  • Organising and leading the hugely popular KS3 Coding and Robotics Club;

  • Competing in a national competition to win the School a brand new interactive whiteboard;

  • Training teachers to become even more confident with classroom technology and tools;

  • Supporting with the teaching of Computing to our Lower School pupils;

  • Trialling new packages and software;

  • Creating a “Parents’ Guide to Social Media” information booklet;

  • Providing detailed feedback to the School to facilitate improvements to our School Website.

Pupils may apply to become a Digital Leader in Year 9 and continue through until Spring of Year 11.


Please click here to view 'A Parents' Guide to Social Media'

Useful Links and FAQs

The NSPCC website has a wide range of information and advice on how to talk to your child about sharing images online, bullying, spending too much time online, pornography and sharing personal information.


Useful resources


NetAware is a fantastic website which talks through all of the main, up to date social media apps that young people are using today, including some games.


National Online Safety is another website with helpful information about a wide range of apps and games, including social media.  They do ‘Guides for Parents’ which are particularly useful!


ThinkUKnow is a great website for learning more about online dangers and for having conversations with your child.  There are lots of brilliant, quite hard-hitting videos which can be watched together and then discussed as a family.


The government have also released an information pack for parents to support parents in keeping their child safe online.


CEOP is a national crime agency which works with the police and they provide a fast, supportive and safe way of reporting sexual online abuse.


Support for Parents and Carers to Keep Children Safe Online

Partners in Learning

PowerPoint presentation 'Partners in Learning:Digital Safety' - February 2021

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