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THE E-SAFETY POLICY


The e-safety policy relates to other policies including those for computing, bullying and for child protection.

  

The school’s e-safety coordinator is Mr G Withers.


 Teaching and Learning

 Why are the internet and digital communications important?

 The internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide pupils with quality internet access as part of their learning experience.

 Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.


 How will internet use enhance learning?

 The school internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils.

 Pupils will be taught about acceptable and unacceptable internet use. Pupils will be given clear objectives when using the internet.

 Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the internet for research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.

 Pupils will be shown how to publish and present information to a wider audience.


 Will pupils be taught how to evaluate internet content?

 The school will ensure that the use of internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.

 Pupils will be taught the importance of cross-checking information before accepting its accuracy.

 Pupils will be taught how to report unpleasant internet content to teachers who will then pass it on to the e-safety coordinator.

 Pupils will be given e-safety lessons and will be taught to use the Think U Know website.


MANAGING INTERNET ACCESS


Information system security

 School ICT system security will be reviewed regularly.

 Virus protection will be updated regularly.

 Security strategies will be discussed regularly.


Published Content and the School Web Site

 Staff or pupil personal contact information will not be published. The contact details provided online are held in the school office only.

 The head teacher will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.


Publishing Pupil’s Images and Work

 Photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully. Group photographs will be considered. Photos maybe taken from behind when possible so that a child is less identifiable.

 Pupils names will not be used anywhere on a school website or other on-line space, particularly in association with photographs.

 Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school Website.

 Work can only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents/carers.

 Parents should be clearly informed of the school policy on image taking and publishing, both on school and independent electronic equipment.


Social Networking and Personal Publishing

 The school will not allow access to social networking sites, and educate pupils in their safe use if used out of school.

 Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them, their friends or their location.  Pupils will be given e-safety training and have opportunities to go on the Think U Know website.

 Pupils and parents are advised that the use of social network spaces outside school presents a range of dangers for primary aged pupils.


Managing Filtering

 If staff or pupils encounter unsuitable on-line materials, the site must be reported immediately to the e-safety coordinator.

 The ICT subject leader and the ICT technician will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.


Managing Video-Conferencing and Webcam Use

 Video-conferencing uses the educational broadband network to ensure quality of service and security.

 Pupils must ask permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a video-conference call.

 Video-conferencing and webcam use will be appropriately supervised for the pupils’ age.


Managing Emerging Technologies

 Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed.

 All teachers are informed that technologies such as mobile phones with wireless internet access can bypass school filtering systems and present a new route to undesirable material and communications.

 Pupils are not permitted to have or use mobile phones in school.

 Games machines including the Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox and others have internet access which may not include filtering. Care is required when using such devices in school or other locations.

 The appropriate use of learning platforms will be discussed as the technology becomes available within the school.


PROTECTING PERSONAL DATA

 Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.


POLICY DECISIONS


Authorising Internet Access

 At Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, access to the internet will be following adult demonstration with directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.


Assessing Risks

 The school will take all reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a computer connected to the school network. The school can not accept liability for any material accessed, or any consequences of internet access.

 The school will audit ICT use to establish if the e-safety policy is adequate and that the implementation of the e-safety policy is appropriate and effective.


HANDLING E-SAFETY COMPLAINTS

 Complaints regarding internet misuse will be dealt with by an appropriate member of staff.

 Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the head teacher.

 Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with school child protection procedures.

 Pupils and parents will be informed of the consequences for pupils mis-using the internet.

 Discussions will be held with the Police to establish procedures for handling potentially illegal issues.


COMMUNICATIONS POLICY

Introducing the E-Safety Policy to Pupils

 Pupils will be taught how to use the Think U Know website in the 1st lesson of every term. They will be taken through different scenarios and made aware of the importance of e-safety.

 Pupils will be informed that network and internet use will be monitored and appropriately followed up.

 An ongoing program of training in e-safety will be developed, possibly based on the materials from the CEOP and Think U Know resources.

 E-Safety training will be embedded within the ICT scheme of work and across the curriculum.


Staff and the E-Safety Policy

 All staff will be given the school e-safety policy and its importance explained.

 Staff must be informed that network and internet traffic can be monitored and traced to the individual user.

 Staff will not store images of pupils on their mobile phones.

 Staff will always use a child friendly safe search engine when accessing the web with pupils.

 Staff will be kept up to date about the developments of e-safety through staff meetings or through training.


Enlisting Parents’ and Carers’ Support

 Parents’ and carers’ attention will be drawn to the school e-safety policy in class induction meetings. They will be shown how the website works. E-safety information is also referred to on the school website.



RESOURCES


www.thinkuknow.co.uk


www.hectorsworld.com


www.digizen.org/cyberbullying


www.teachernet.gov.uk


www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers


www.childnet.com


www.becta.org.uk/schools




DATE: September 2015


REVIEW DATE: September 2015



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