Why is Computing important? Why does it matter? How does studying Computing help young people to achieve?
The core of computing is computer science, in which learners are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, learners are equipped to use information technology to create a range of content.
The computing curriculum also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Learners are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology that inspires them to lead change and will enable them to become curious life-long learners.
Staying safe online:
The Internet can be a great place for research and a good way to stay in touch with friends, but it is important to understand how to stay safe online.
There are lots of things families can do to keep themselves safe online:
Think before you post
Do not upload or share anything you would not want your parents, carers or teachers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
Do not share personal details
Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
Watch out for phishing and scams
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they are from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you are asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
Think about who you’re talking to
There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you have met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school. Find out more about grooming.
Keep your device secure
Make sure that you are keeping your information and device secure.
Never give out your password
You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember passwords.
Cover your webcam
Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you are not using it.
If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you or your child online, you can contact (click the link below) a Child Protection Advisor at The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP)
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