RATIONALE

Our school aims to provide a calm and positive environment, where children and staff are safe, healthy, happy, confident and motivated. We believe that our E-Safety Policy will support this aim. It has been agreed by the staff and approved by the governors.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Why internet use is important

The internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students 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.
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.

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 how to evaluate internet content.

The school will try to 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 INTERNET ACCESS

Information system security

School ICT systems capacity and security will be reviewed regularly. Virus protection will be updated regularly and staff should ensure virus protection is updated on laptops.

E-Mail

  • Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system.
  • Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive any offensive internet communication.
  • Pupils must not reveal personal details of themselves or others in internet communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
  • E-mail sent to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised before sending, in the same way as a letter written on school headed paper.

The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted.

Staff or pupils’ personal information will not be published.

The headteacher will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.

Publishing pupils' images and work

Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the web-site or blog, particularly in association with photographs.

Social networking and personal publishing

The school  network will block/filter access to social networking sites. Newsgroups will be blocked 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 and parents will be advised that the use of social network spaces outside school is inappropriate for primary aged pupils.

In order to support you with internet safety, this is the link for Think U Know. There is a section for Parents/Carers that can be clicked and this opens up lots of options and advice panels and videos. http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/.

Another very useful link is from Google and has advice on how to protect your family online:http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/familysafety/

Additional links can be found in the pupil esafety pages of our site.

Managing filtering

The school will work with Wirral LEA to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved. If staff or pupils discover an unsuitable site, it must be reported to the ICT Subject Leader.

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, access to the internet will be by adult demonstration with occasional directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.

Assessing risks

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 nor Wirral LEA 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.

COMMUNICATIONS POLICY

Introducing the E-Safety Policy to pupils

  • E-safety rules will be posted in all networked rooms and discussed with the pupils at the start of each year.
  • Pupils will be informed that network and internet use will be monitored.
  • All staff will be given access to the School e-Safety Policy and its importance explained.
  • Parents’ attention will be drawn to the school’s E-Safety Policy in newsletters and on the school web-site.
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Taking Care in the Classroom

 

The Internet is an amazing thing!  At school we use the Internet on a regular basis as part of our learning and teaching.  In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

Here is some advice for using the Internet safely:

Always ask permission before using the Internet.

Only send e-mails to your friends.

Only go to Internet sites that you know are safe.

Be careful what you type into a search engine.

Never tell anyone your name, address or telephone number over the Internet.

Always tell your parents or teacher if you are upset by something you see on the Internet.

Our computer network at school is safeguarded against inappropriate content. Unfortunately, computers at home might not have the same level of safety. Always follow the advice above when you are using the Internet. That way, you will stay safe and protect yourselves and those around you.

Some links to more useful information about e Safety:

    • Think U Know – A site giving advice about staying safe online for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
    • CEOP – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, for information and a place to report e Safety issues.
    • Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
    • Kidsmart – To learn about the Internet and surfing safely.
    • Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet (produced by Childnet).