E Safety Policy
E Safety Policy
E-Safety encompasses Internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones as well as collaboration tools and personal publishing. It highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experience.
The school’s e-safety policy should operate in conjunction with other policies including those for Student Behaviour, Bullying, Curriculum, Data Protection and Security.
This policy has been strongly influenced by the work of the Kent e-Safety team.
E-Safety depends on effective practice at a number of lev
- Responsible ICT use by all staff and students; encouraged by education and made explicit through published policies.
- Sound implementation of e-safety policy in both administration and curriculum, including secure school network design and use.
- Safe and secure broadband including the effective management of filtering systems.
School e-safety policy
- The e-Safety Policy is part of the School’s ICT Development Plan and relates to other policies including those for ICT and for child protection.
- The school’s e-Safety Coordinator is also the ICT Coordinator. Mrs Cakir works in close co-operation with the head teacher and deputy heads, which are the Designated Child Protection Officers,
- Our e-Safety Policy has been written by the school. It has been agreed by the staff and governors.
- E-Safety issues are included in the Child Protection, Health and Safety, Anti- Bullying, PSHE and ICT policies.
- The e-Safety Policy will be reviewed May 2019
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.
- Internet access will be planned to enrich and extend learning activities.
- Staff should guide pupils in on-line activities that will support the learning outcomes planned for the pupils’ age and maturity and educate them 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
- If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address), time, date and content must be reported to the school ICT Coordinator.
- Staff should ensure that the use of internet derived materials by staff and by 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
- The security of the school information systems will be reviewed regularly by the school’s IT technicians .
- Virus protection will be updated regularly.
- The school uses broadband with its firewall and filters.
- Operating systems and associated software will have the latest security patches applied.
- Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system. Children are not allowed access to personal e-mail accounts or chat rooms whilst in school.
- Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive e-mail.
- Pupils must not reveal personal details of themselves or others in e-mail communication, or arrange to meet anyone.
- E-mail sent by pupils to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised before sending.
- The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted
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 ICT coordinator 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
- Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the Web site, 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.
- Named pupils’ work can only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents.
Social Networking and Personal Publishing
Social networking sites and newsgroups will be blocked unless a specific use is approved.
Pupils are advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location. Examples would include real name, address, mobile or landline phone numbers, school, IM address, e-mail address, names of friends, specific interests and clubs etc.
Pupils and parents will be advised that the use of social network spaces outside school may be inappropriate for primary aged pupils.
Personal comments about pupils, staff or school will not be made on social networking sites.
All staff and governors will be asked to use discretion when adding friends which could be parents.
- The school will work in partnership with the service provider to ensure filtering systems are as effective as possible.
- If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL, time and date must be reported to the school E-Safety coordinator.
- Senior staff will ensure that checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.
Managing videoconferencing (Not currently applicable at Hook Lane Primary School)
- Videoconferencing should use the educational broadband network to ensure quality of service and security rather than the Internet.
- External IP addresses should not be made available to other sites.
- Pupils should ask permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a videoconference call.
- Videoconferencing should be supervised appropriately for the pupils’ age.
Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed.
Mobile phones will not be used during lessons or formal school time by pupils. The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden.
Staff should not use personal mobiles to phone parents or share their personal numbers; in cases of an emergency the parent should phone the school and the school will contact the required teacher.
Protecting Personal Data
Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.
Authorising internet access
The school will maintain a current record of all staff and pupils who are granted internet access.
All staff, including Teaching Assistants and Supply Teachers must read and sign the acceptable ICT Acceptable User Policy (AUP) before using any school ICT resource.
At FS/Key Stage 1, access to the internet will be by adult demonstration with directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.
Parents and pupils will be asked to sign and return a consent form agreeing to comply with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
- The school will take all reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. The school cannot accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of internet access.
Handling E-safety complaint
- Complaints of internet misuse will be dealt with by a senior member of staff.
- Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the head teacher.
- Complaints of a child protection nature must be referred to the Senior Designated Professional for Safeguarding and dealt with in accordance with school child protection procedures.
- Pupils and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure.
- Pupils and parents will be informed of consequences for pupils misusing the internet.
Introducing the E-Safety Policy to Pupils
- Pupils will be informed of the rules for internet access and that the internet use will be monitored.
- Advice on e-Safety will be introduced at an age-appropriate level to raise the awareness and importance of safe and responsible internet use.
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’ / carers’ support
Parents’ / carers’ attention will be drawn to the School E-Safety Policy, which will be available on the school’s website.
Hook Lane Primary School
Tel: 0208 303 3839