Primary Education: Internet:Written question - 68743

Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)

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Asked on: 21 March 2017
Department for Education
Primary Education: Internet
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision in primary schools of teaching for children on how to stay safe online.
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 29 March 2017

The new computing curriculum, introduced from September 2014, introduces pupils to aspects of cyber security from an early age. The curriculum introduces e-safety from Key Stage 1, reflecting the fact that children are increasingly accessing the internet from a young age. All maintained primary schools must follow this curriculum, and academies and free schools can use it as a benchmark.

The ‘Keeping children safe in education’ statutory guidance for schools sets out that governing bodies and proprietors should ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online. In addition, schools are encouraged to make provision for personal social, health and economic education (PSHE) as part of their wider curriculum. High quality PSHE teaching has a vital role in preparing children for adulthood, including safe and respectful use of online technology.

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