Horbury St Peter’s & Clifton CE (VC) Primary Online-Safety Policy
Writing and reviewing the e-safety policy
The e-Safety Policy is part of the School Development Plan and relates to other policies including those for ICT, bullying and for child protection. The school’s e-Safety Coordinator is the Deputy Head, who will liaise with the Designated Child Protection Coordinator (Head teacher) as the roles overlap. Our e-Safety Policy has been written by the school, building on Becta eSafety Policy and government guidance. The e-Safety Policy and its implementation will be reviewed annually.Rationale
Internet use is a large part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils. The Internet is an essential element, within the lives of children and adults, in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. Our school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as an exciting part of their learning experience at school, at home and in the wider environment and to prepare them to make safe and effective use of the vast opportunities that are available.
New technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information. Current and emerging technologies used within and outside school by children include: The Internet e-mail Instant messaging (often using simple web cams) Blogs Podcasting (radio / audio broadcasts downloaded to computer or MP3/4 player) Social networking sites Video broadcasting sites Chat Rooms Gaming Sites Music download sites Mobile phones with camera and video and internet functionality Mobile technology (e.g. games consoles) that are ‘internet ready’. Smart phones with e-mail, web functionality and cut down ‘Office’ applications.
The ‘staying safe’ outcomes of ‘Every Child Matters’ includes aims that children and young people are: safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation safe from accidental injury and death safe from bullying and discrimination safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school secure, stable and cared for.
Much of these aims apply equally to the ‘virtual world’ that children and young people will encounter whenever they use ICT in its various forms. The Internet and mobile technologycan be used for grooming children and young people with the ultimate aim of exploiting them sexually; it can offer new avenues for bullies, and children and young people can be exposed to inappropriate content when online.
It is the duty of our school to ensure that every child in our care is safe, and that the same principles should apply to the ‘virtual’ or digital world as would be applied to the school’s physical buildings.
This policy document is drawn up to protect all parties – the students, the staff and the school and aims to provide clear advice and guidance on how to minimise risks and how to deal with any infringements.
Roles and Responsibilities
e-Safety is recognised as an essential aspect of strategic leadership in this school and the Head, with the support of Governors, aims to embed safe practices into the culture of the school. The responsibility for e-Safety has been designated to the Deputy Head.
The e-Safety Coordinator ensures staff are kept up to date with e-Safety issues and guidance through liaison with the Local Authority e-Safety Officer and through organisations such as Becta and The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP). The school’s e-Safety coordinator ensures the Head, senior management and Governors are updated as necessary.
All teachers are responsible for promoting and supporting safe behaviours in their classrooms and following school e-Safety procedures. Central to this is fostering a ‘No Blame’ culture so pupils feel able to report any bullying, abuse or inappropriate materials.
The e-Safety Coordinator ensures that safety is included in the curriculum and that every pupil has been educated about safe and responsible ICT use. Pupils need to know how to minimise online and mobile technology risks and how to report a problem.
The e-Safety Coordinator ensures that efforts are made to engage with parents over e-safety matters through letters / leaflets and links on the school website and that parents/guardians/carers have signed and returned an e-safety form when their child starts school.
Teaching and learning
Internet use will enhance learning The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils as provided by YHGfL. Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use. Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.
Pupils will be taught to be aware of safety issues regarding Internet and mobile technology SEAL lessons, whole school assemblies, resources and links on the VLE (Crystal ICT – web tutorials and ThinkUKnow link) and ICT lessons will be used to develop pupil’s awareness of safety issues and how to protect themselves from possible dangers Clear guidance will be given on cyber bullying - it’s consequences and how to manage / report it if they are affected Clear guidance will be given on electronic communication etiquette
Pupils will 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 should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.Managing ICT Access
Information system security School ICT systems security will be reviewed regularly. Virus protection will be updated regularly. Guidance from the LEA will be incorporated onto school systems and passed on to staff.
E-mail Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system. Pupils will be taught that they must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive e-mail. Pupils will be taught that they must not reveal personal details of themselves, the school orothers in e-mail communication; they should not send photographs of themselves or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission. E-mail sent to an external organisation will be written in accordance with etiquette teachingand checked and authorised before sending. The sending of abusive or inappropriate e-mails is forbidden.
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 Deputy Headteacher will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.
Publishing pupil’s images, work and video content Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the Web site, particularly in association with photographs and videos. Parents will be consulted regarding their permission for photographs of their child beingpublished / named. Pupil’s work, when published, will not be identified.
Social networking and personal publishing The school will block/filter access to social networking sites. Newsgroups will be blocked unless a specific use is approved (i.e. the VLE). Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location. Pupils will be advised never to accept someone as a ‘friend’ without knowing who they are. Pupils and parents / carers will be advised, through lessons, assemblies and leaflets that the use of social network spaces outside school is inappropriate for primary aged pupils. All pupil internet access at school is closely supervised and parents / carers are advised that their children should be supervised when using the internet at home.Managing filtering The school will work with the LA, DfES and the Internet Service Provider to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved. Pupils are taught that if they discover an unsuitable site, they are to immediately turn off the monitor and inform the supervising teacher. Staff should notify the eSafety Coordinator or ICT co-ordinator regarding any unsuitable site and they will inform YHGfL. Senior staff will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.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. Children are not allowed mobile phones in school. Children are taught about the dangers and consequences of cyber-bullying. Staff may need to use their mobile phones during a school visit, however they must not use it to take pictures of children or record videos. Teacher’s mobile phone numbers must be kept personal and not mixed with school numbers for contacting parents.
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 the start of each year children will be made aware of the the caution they must take on the Internet and the precautions they must take when accessing material. Any misuse of the Internet will result in a pupil having Internet privileges removed and their parents being contacted.
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 Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school, the Governing Body, YHGfL nor WMDC can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.
The school will audit ICT provision to establish if the e-safety policy is adequate and that its implementation is effective.
Handling e-safety complaints
Complaints of Internet misuse will be dealt with by a senior member of staff.
Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the Headteacher.
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 complaints procedure.
Potential legal issues will be referred to the Police.
Introducing the e-safety policy to pupils
E-safety rules will be discussed at the start of each year and as issues arise (e.g. teaching e-mailing or using the Interent for research).
Pupils will be informed that network and Internet use will be monitored.
Staff and the e-Safety policy
All staff will be given the School e-Safety Policy and its importance explained.
Staff should be aware that Internet traffic can be monitored and traced to the individual user. Discretion and professional conduct is essential.
Enlisting parents’ support
Parents’ attention will be drawn to the School e-Safety Policy in newsletters, the school prospectus and on the school Web site.
Pupils’ Acceptable ICT Use Agreement
I will only use ICT in school for school purposes.
I will only use my own school email address when emailing.
I will only open email attachments from people I know, or who my teacher has approved.
I will not tell other people my passwords for the Learning Platform, school network or for other learning websites.
I will only open /delete my own files.
I will make sure that all ICT related contact with other children and adults is appropriate and polite.
I will not deliberately look for, save or send anything that could offend or upset others.
If I accidentally find anything inappropriate on the internet I will turn off my monitor and tell my teacher immediately.
I will not give out my, or any of my friends, personal details such as my name, phone number, home address or school.
I will be responsible for my behaviour when using ICT in school or at home because I know that these rules are to keep me safe.
I will not arrange to meet someone unless this is part of a school project approved by my teacher and a responsible adult comes with me.
I know that my use of ICT can be checked and that my parent or carer contacted if a member of school staff is concerned about my safety.
I will not bring a mobile phone into school
Staff Acceptable ICT Use Agreement
To ensure that members of staff are fully aware of their professional responsibilities when using information systems and when communicating with pupils, they are asked to sign this code of conduct. Members of staff should consult the school’s e-safety policy for further information and clarification. I understand that it is a criminal offence to use a school ICT system for a purpose not permitted by its owner. I appreciate that ICT includes a wide range of systems, including mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, email, social networking and that ICT should not be used for personal reasons during school time. I understand that school information systems may not be used for private purposes without specific permission from the Headteacher. I understand that my use of school information systems, Internet and email may be monitored and recorded to ensure policy compliance. I will respect system security and I will not disclose any password or security information to anyone other than an authorised system manager. I will not install any software or hardware without permission. I will ensure that personal data is stored securely and is used appropriately, whether in school, taken off the school premises or accessed remotely. I will respect copyright and intellectual property rights. I will report any incidents of concern regarding children’s safety to the e-Safety Coordinator, the Designated Child Protection Coordinator or Headteacher. I will ensure that electronic communications with pupils and staff including email, IM and social networking are compatible with my professional role; that messages cannot be misunderstood or misinterpreted and that inappropriate contact with pupils through social networking sites is not made. I will promote e-safety with students in my care and will help them to develop a responsible attitude to system use, communications and publishing.
The school may exercise its right to monitor the use of the school’s information systems and Internet access, to intercept e-mail and to delete inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorised use of the school’s information system may be taking place, or the system may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing unauthorised or unlawful text, imagery or sound.
I have read, understood and accept the Staff Code of Conduct for ICT.
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