Education for a Connected World Framework

Sept. 24, 2019

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In a world where technology is moving at a fast pace, it is more important now than ever to teach online safety in schools.

With the publication of the Teaching Online Safety in Schools document, and the Education for a Connected World Framework, local authority schools, academies and free schools in England should be thinking about ways they can enrich their curriculum to teach a deeper understanding of online behaviour in their lessons. Pupils need the knowledge and scepticism to evaluate new developments, regardless of what device they are using.

The Education for a Connected World Framework is non-statutory but complements the computing curriculum, which covers the principles of online safety at all key stages, with progression in the content to reflect the different and escalating risks that pupils face. Many themes are covered such as self-image and identity, online relationships, online bullying etc.

Sound scary? Well, this is where Purple Mash can help you.

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Our curriculum map breaks these objectives into year groups and gives examples of resources within Purple Mash that can be used to support the objectives that relate to Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2. Many of the learning objectives are already covered within the Computing Scheme of Work. The school year in which they are covered does not always match the year suggested in the Connected World document, but schools that follow the scheme will cover these learning objectives. We have also created new resources to ensure full coverage of the learning objectives.

Remember any writing frames can be printed along with the word banks and tips so you can use them offline as well as during computer time!

If you are teaching online safety, why not use our 2Email simulations called 2Respond. Pupils receive a series of emails from characters where they can then respond. This puts pupils in a non-judgmental role-play situation where they can explore scenarios and offer advice. Teachers can view pupils’ responses by setting these activities as 2dos.

Older pupils often appear to know it all when it comes to their online safety but struggle with sticking to their own advice. The variety of Purple Mash activities also aim to:

  • Increase pupils’ reliable knowledge base.
  • Open discussion on why people find it hard to follow advice at times.
  • Help pupils make positive choices to stick to advice, by exploring why doing so matters beyond immediate satisfaction such as fitting in with peers, getting a ‘like’ or exploring something risky.

Our activities are only available to Purple Mash subscribers. If you'd like to use them, try Purple Mash completely free for 14 days.