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E-Safety

E-Safety Policy

 Introduction

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all staff, parents, governors and children understand and agree the school's approach to e-safety. The policy relates to other policies including ICT curriculum, Internet Access, Approved User Policies and Health and Safety.

The ICT Co-ordinator and head-teacher are the schools designated E-Safety Co-ordinators.

The e-Safety policy has been agreed by all staff, the senior management team and approved by the governors.

Teaching and Learning

The importance of internet and digital communications

v      The purpose of Internet access in school is to raise educational standards, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management information and              business administration systems.

v      Access to the Internet is a necessary tool for staff and children.

v      It helps to prepare children for their on-going career and personal development needs.

v      It is a requirement of the National Curriculum (NC) orders for ICT and its use cross-curricular

v      Internet use enhances learning

v      Internet access is provided by South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and designed for pupils. This includes filtering appropriate to the content and age of pupils.

v      Internet access is planned to enrich and extend learning activities.

v      Access levels are reviewed to reflect the curriculum requirement.

v      Pupils are given clear objectives for Internet use.

v      Written permission for a child to use the Internet is signed by a parent at the start of each academic year

v      Staff select sites which support the learning outcomes planned for pupils’ age and              maturity.

v      Pupils are taught how to take responsibility for their own Internet access.

 

Pupils are taught how to evaluate Internet content

v      Pupils are taught ways to validate information before accepting that it is necessarily accurate.

v      Pupils are taught to acknowledge the source of information, when using Internet material for their own use.

v      Pupils are made aware that the writer of an e-mail or the author of a web page might not be the person claimed.

v      Pupils are encouraged to tell a teacher immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable or concerns them.

 

Managing Internet Access

Information System Security

v      The School’s ICT system security is reviewed regularly.

v      Virus protection is updated regularly.

v      Security strategies are taken under advise from the Local Authority.

 

E-mail

v      Pupils are allowed to use school email accounts only. These accounts are password protected. The passwords are not made available to the children.

v      Pupils must tell a teacher immediately if they receive offensive email.

v      In emails, pupils are taught that they must not reveal their personal details, those of others or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.

v      Pupils are taught not to open suspicious incoming email or attachments.

v      The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted.

 

Published content and the school website

v      The website complies with the school's guidelines for publications.

v      All material must be the author's own work or where permission to reproduce has been obtained, it is clearly marked with the copyright owner's name.

v      The contact details on the website are for school admin only.

 

Publishing pupils' images and work

v      Children's photographs are only allowed to go on the website once written permission has been received from the child's parents.

v      Children’s photographs are not accompanied by names.

v      Children’s work which contains photographs must not also contain the child’s name.

 

Social networking and personal publishing

v      Pupils will not be allowed to access public chat rooms.

v      New applications will be thoroughly tested before pupils are given access.

 

Managing filtering

v      The school works in partnership with parents, the LA and the Internet Service Provider to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved.

v      Senior staff ensure that occasional checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are effective in practice.

v      If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content must be reported to the Internet Service Provider via the ICT co-ordinator.

 

Managing emerging technologies

v      Children are not allowed mobile phones on the school premises without permission from teachers.

v      The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden.

v      Cameras in mobile phones are not used by staff or pupils.

v      Only school cameras are used by both staff and children for educational purposes.

 

Protecting personal data

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

v      Staff must not keep confidential information on removable devices such as USB devices unless suitable security protected.

 

Policy Decisions

 Authorising Internet access

v      Parents are asked to sign a consent form regarding their child’s internet use at the beginning of each academic year 

Assessing risks

The school takes 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. Neither the school, nor Gloucestershire Council can accept liability for any material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access. The school’s e-safety policy and its implementation will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

 

Handling e-safety complaints

v      Complaints of internet misuse must be referred to the Head Teacher.

v      Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the Head Teacher.

v      Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with the schools' child protection policy.

v      Pupils and parents are informed of the complaints procedure.

 

Communications Policy

Introducing the e-safety policy to pupils

v      E-safety posters are posted next to all computers so that all users can see them

v      Pupils are informed that network and Internet use is monitored and appropriately followed up.

v      The children receive e-safety lessons (based on the lessons from www.thinkyouknow.co.uk) and are constantly reminded of online safety.

 

Staff and the e-safety policy

v      All staff are trained regularly and receive a copy of the e-safety policy.

v      Staff are informed that network and Internet traffic can be traced to an individual user.

 

Enlisting parents' and carers' support

v      Parents’ and carers’ attention is drawn to the school’s E-safety Policy in newsletters, the school prospectus and on the school website.

v      The school asks all new parents to sign the pupil/parent agreement when they register their child with the school and an approved user policy.