Preparing your Child for a Digital Future

May 28, 2020 | Cyber Parenting - Advice by Age

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education helps equip pupils with the skills and knowledge that they will need to thrive at school and beyond. It supports children and young people to be healthy, safe and prepared for adulthood by dealing with real-life issues that affect them, their families and their communities. PSHE covers a diverse range of topics, from sexting and cyberbullying through to gender equality and extremism, by way of careers education and personal finance.

What is PSHE education?

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education helps equip pupils with the skills and knowledge that they will need to thrive at school and beyond. It supports children and young people to be healthy, safe and prepared for adulthood by dealing with real-life issues that affect them, their families and their communities. PSHE covers a diverse range of topics, from sexting and cyberbullying through to gender equality and extremism, by way of careers education and personal finance.

How does PSHE prepare young people for our digital world?

Digital technology is integrated into many areas of our life, so a good quality PSHE curriculum needs to develop young people’s knowledge and understanding of the digital world – from safe online relationships to mental health and media literacy.

The skills and attributes PSHE develop will support young people online and offline assertiveness for example, could help your child exit a risky online chat, but will also improve their chances in a job interview. Developing resilience will help them bounce back from setbacks such as poor exam results, but also help them deal with the pressures of constantly connected social media.

Isn’t online safety covered in the computing curriculum?

Aspects of online safety can be covered in computing lessons, including an understanding of ways to use technology safely and securely. However, the online world is more complex and nuanced. PSHE education goes beyond the technological to focus on the more human, social and emotional aspects of online life.

How do I know if PSHE education is taught well in my child’s school?

Schools have an obligation to publish details of their curricula on their website, including PSHE provision. However, sometimes there is little information to go on. The National Curriculum suggests that ‘all schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice’. The Department for Education announced it will open a consultation on whether to strengthen this expectation further, in recognition that not all schools cover it well.

Source: Vodafone DP

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