|Internet Proficiency Scheme
To help teachers and schools educate children on staying safe on the Internet Becta and
the DfES have developed an Internet Proficiency Scheme for Key Stage 2 pupils.
The scheme aims to:
- Develop a set of "safe and discriminating behaviours"
for pupils to adopt when using the Internet and other technologies.
- Develop an increased level of "discriminating behaviour" for pupils
- Provide teachers with easily accessible support materials to help develop "safe and
- Offer pupils a set of activities that allow them to demonstrate what they know and
- Support the Continued Professional Development (CPD) of teachers through advice and
- Integrate these "safe and discriminating behaviours" to the skills, knowledge and
as set out in the National Curriculum and Schemes of Work for ICT, PSHE and Citizenship at
Key Stage 2.
Intended learning outcomes for pupils:
- For pupils to understand when and where it is appropriate to give out personal
- For pupils to understand how to evaluate web sites
- For pupils to know and understand how to respond appropriately to e-mails, chat
conversations, and to have strategies in place should they come across an inappropriate
or bullying e-mail or chat conversation
- For pupils to develop positive behaviours and an understanding of the
"virtual" world in relation
to the "real" world
What does the Scheme consist of?
The Scheme consists of an interactive web site called
Cybercafe, hosted by
Gridclub, and a teachers'
The teachers' pack contains:
- Teaching activities
- Pupil worksheets
- Advice and information for teachers on Internet safety
- School and pupil certificates
The Cybercafe Web Site
This Cybercafe is an interactive web site which can be used to help teach children how to:
- Manage e-mails: Pupils are presented with several scenarios where e-mails have been
sent from different sources, they then have to decide on the most appropriate way they
should manage and respond to the messages.
- Respond to chat: Pupils enter a chat room and have to respond to a number of
questions, some of which are inappropriate. They have to think about these questions and
the degree of personal information it is safe to reveal.
- Evaluate web sites: Pupils are given an assignment and have to decide which of the
web sites displayed are most likely to offer the most appropriate information for the
A quiz is also included so that children can find out what they have learnt about
If you want to order a free pack, contact the DfES publication order line
Phone: 0845 60 222 60
Fax: 0845 60 333 60
Minicom: 0845 60 555 60
The children's interactive web site is live at
http://www.gridclub.com/cybercafe. The teaching materials are also available from the Gridclub web site at http://www.gridclub.com/cybercafe/teachers.
Becta and the DfES piloted the Internet Proficiency Scheme during the summer term
2002. The pilot involved a cross section of 50 schools. The teachers were given a trial
Internet Proficiency pack, which included teaching activities, learning objectives, teachers
notes, activity sheets and sample certificates. The pack was used in conjunction with the
Cybercafe web site.
The feedback from the teachers involved in this pilot scheme was used to develop the
teachers pack and Cybercafe web site.