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Barefoot computing from BT and Computing at School aims to empower primary teachers to deliver the computing curriculum brilliantly.
Through a unique partnership with the National Crime Agency (NCA), Barefoot has brought together the teaching and cyber security worlds to create a suite of free classroom and home learning resources.
The resources cover tough-to-teach topics such as permission and ownership, legal and illegal use of computers and password protection.
Here, Barefoot asks three experts how their new resources help primary pupils stay one step ahead online…
“As with all Barefoot resources, the #BeCyberSmart lessons are ready-made, curriculum-aligned and fun to teach. Through collaboration with the NCA, they have been designed with pupils in mind and offer exciting learning experiences.
Children get the chance to turn their classroom into a courtroom in one lesson and accept challenges from a real cyber security expert in another. There’s even an opportunity to save an underwater village from ‘phishing attacks’ in ‘The Phisherman’ online game.
The resources are bound to ignite the imagination of pupils while helping them learn.”
Neil Rickus, Barefoot content author and senior lecturer in computing education
“Children use technology at a very young age, and it can be difficult to monitor how they spend their time online. The NCA has identified that children as young as eight have engaged in online activity which has breached the Computer Misuse Act.
Children can become so skilled; they use their computer to cause serious disruption and have been known to launch cyber attacks against schools.
Education is a key foundation for an effective crime prevention programme. The new Barefoot resources will help pupils understand their cyber responsibilities in a fun and informative way.”
Emily, cyber security expert, National Crime Agency
“Today, technology is everywhere you look. Barefoot helps pupils make sense of it – with or without a computer. I use computational thinking daily in my job which is fast becoming one of the most important roles in the tech sector.
Every Barefoot lesson covers at least one computational thinking concept and approach. From algorithms to collaboration, the learning within Barefoot cyber lessons will help children develop strong foundations in their online practice – who knows, it could even spark an interest in a cyber security career like mine.”
Louise Patterson, cyber security expert, BT
As the curriculum continues to adapt to advancements in technology, it’s critical that teachers are equipped with the right resources. With links to PSHE and digital literacy, through the Barefoot #BeCyberSmart resources teachers can be sure they are covering the right things to keep their pupils one step ahead online.
To download Barefoot’s free cyber resources, head to barefootcomputing.org.
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