The e- Safety Policy is part of the ICT Policy and School Development Plan and relates to other policies including those for behaviour, for personal, social and health education (PSHE) and for citizenship.
It has been reviewed in March 2019, as an update of our previous internet safety policy. The school has appointed an e-safety Co-ordinator- Mrs Sue Callaghan who is also the Child Protection Co-ordinator.
The rapid development in electronic communications is having many effects on society. The internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. At this present time, every child in school has access to the internet at school and the majority go on-line at home. Many use it more often an with more expertise than adults.
The purpose of internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of the staff and to enhance the school’s management information and business administration systems.
Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and is a necessary tool for staff and pupils. The school has a duty to provide students with quality internet access as part of their learning experience.
Benefits of using the internet in learning include:
The school internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of the pupils.
Pupils will be taught what is acceptable and what is not acceptable and given clear objectives for internet use. They will be educated in the effective use of the internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location and retrieval.
If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content must be reported to the ICT in Schools Support Officer via the ICT coordinator (Gemma Chapman).
We will ensure that the use of the internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law. Pupils will be taught to acknowledge the source of information and to respect copyright when using internet material in their own work.
Pupils should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy. Pupils will need to learn how to evaluate internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.
Training should be available to staff in the evaluation of web materials and methods of developing student’s critical attitudes.
Pupils may only use approved email accounts on the school system.
Pupils must not reveal details of themselves or others, such as address or telephone number, or arrange to meet anyone in e-mail communication.
Email sent to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised before sending, in the same way as a letter written on school headed notepaper.
Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive email.
Excessive social email use can interfere with learning and may be restricted. The forwarding of chain letters is banned.
Schools should block/filter access to social networking sites and newsgroups unless a specific use is approved.
Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location
Pupils should be advised not to place personal photos on any social network space.
Pupils should be advised on security and encouraged to set passwords, deny access to unknown individuals and instructed how to block unwanted communications. Pupils should be encouraged to invite known friends only and deny access to others.
The point of contact on the Web site should be the school address, school email and telephone number. Staff or pupils’ personal information will not be published.
Web site photographs will be selected carefully and at present no photos of children who attend the school will be used on the website.
Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the Web site.
Written consent from parents or carers is obtained before photographs of pupils are published on any media from the school e.g. the newsletter.
The head teacher will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure content is accurate and appropriate.
The copyright of all material must be held by the school, or be attributed to the owner where permission to reproduce has been obtained.
Pupils will not be allowed access to public or unregulated chat rooms. Children should only use regulated educational chat room environments. This will always be supervised and the importance of chat room safety emphasised.
Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed.
Mobile phones are not be used at school. Children who do bring mobile phones to school are asked to leave them in the office until home time.
Parents will be informed that pupils will be provided with supervised internet access. Pupils and staff will be asked to agree and to abide by the Responsible Internet Use statement.
In common with other media such as magazines, books and video, some material available via the internet is unsuitable for pupils. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of the internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school nor Oldham CYPF can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.
The use of computer systems without permission or for inappropriate purposes could constitute a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
Methods to identify, access and minimise risks will be reviewed regularly.
The head teacher will ensure that the Internet policy is implemented and compliance with the policy monitored.
The school will work in partnership with the parents to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved.
If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content must be reported immediately. Staff will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.
The Prevent Duty and Online safety
All schools have a duty to ensure that children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet in schools. We have an important role to play in equipping children to stay safe on line. Internet safety is integral to our computing curriculum. Our staff are aware of the risks posed by online activity of extremists and have a duty to take action if they believe the well being of any pupil is being compromised.
Rules for Internet access will be posted near all computer systems.
Pupils will be informed that Internet use will be monitored.
Instruction in responsible and safe use should precede Internet access.
All staff must accept the terms of the Responsible Internet Use statement before using any resource in school.
All staff including teachers, supply staff, classroom assistants and support staff, will be provided with the School Internet policy, and its importance explained.
Staff should be aware that internet traffic could be monitored and traced to the individual user. Discretion and professional conduct is essential.
Staff development in safe and responsible internet use, and on school Internet policy will be provided as required.
All staff will be trained in Safeguarding procedures, including elements of Online safety and The Prevent Duty.
Staff should be aware that Internet traffic can be monitored and traced to the individual user. Discretion and professional conduct is essential.
The school ICT system will be reviewed regularly with regard to security.
Virus protection will be installed and updated regularly Security strategies will be discussed with the LEA.
The ICT coordinator will ensure that the system has the capacity to take increased traffic caused by internet use.
Published Content and the School Web Site
The contact details on the Web site should be the school address, e-mail and telephone number. Staff or pupils personal information will not be published.
The headteacher or nominee will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.
Publishing Pupils’ Images and Work
Photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully and will not enable individual pupils to be clearly identified.
Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the Web site or Blog, particularly in association with photographs.
Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school Web site
Work can only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents.
Responsibility for handling incidents will be delegated initially to the ICT co-ordinator. Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the head teacher.
As with drug issues, there may be occasions when police may be contacted. Early contact could be made to establish the legal position and discuss strategies.
Parents’ attention will be drawn to the School Internet policy in newsletters, the school brochure and on the school website.
Internet issues will be handled sensitively to inform parents without undue alarm.