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E-Safety Policy

Introduction

ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the every day lives of children, young people and adults.  Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.  At St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils in E-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

 

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 Head Teacher ensures that the Policy is implemented and compliance with the Policy monitored.  The responsibility for E-Safety has been designated to Safeguarding Leader.   All members of the school community have been made aware of who holds this post. It is the role of the Safeguarding Leader to keep abreast of current issues and guidance through organisations such London Borough of Redbridge, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) and Childnet.

 

Introducing the E-Safety policy to pupils

  • E-Safety rules will be displayed in all classrooms and the ICT suite and discussed with the pupils at the start of each year. Specific lessons will be taught by class teachers at the beginning of every year and at relevant points throughout for example, during PSHE lessons/circle times/anti-bullying week.
  • Pupils will be informed that network and Internet use will be monitored.

 

E-Safety skills development for staff

  • Our staff receive regular information and training on E-Safety issues through the coordinator at staff meetings.
  • All staff have been made aware of individual responsibilities relating to the safeguarding of children within the context of E-Safety and know what to do in the event of misuse of technology by any member of the school community.
  • New staff receive information on the school’s Acceptable Use Agreement as part of their induction.
  • All staff are encouraged to incorporate E-Safety activities and awareness within their lessons.

 

E-Safety information for parents/carers

  • Parents/carers are asked to read through and sign the Acceptable Use Agreement on behalf of their child.
  • Parents/carers are required to make a decision as to whether they consent to images of their child being taken/used on the school website or on the Fronter Learning Platform.
  • The school website and the Fronter Learning Platform contains useful information and links to sites like Thinkuknow, Childline, CEOP and the CBBC Web Stay Safe page.
  • The school will send out relevant E-Safety information through newsletters, the school website, the Fronter Learning Platform and the school prospectus

 

Teaching and Learning

Internet use will enhance learning

  • The school will provide opportunities within a range of curriculum areas to teach E-Safety.
  • Educating pupils on the dangers of technologies that may be encountered outside school is done during ICT lessons each week as part of the E-Safety curriculum.  Parents have been notified in our weekly newsletter how to keep their children safe online at home.  They have been given links to London Grid for Learning website which has up to date advice.
  • Pupils are aware of the impact of online bullying and know how to seek help if these issues affect them. Pupils are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the Internet and related technologies; i.e. parent/carer, teacher/trusted member of staff, or an organisation such as Childline/CEOP.
  • 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 guidelines for Internet use.
  • Pupils will be encouraged to “turn off the monitor and inform an adult” to hide any material that they know is unsuitable for viewing. This will instantly cover the whole screen until it can be dealt with by the class teacher.
  • Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.

 

Managing Internet Access

Information system security

·         School ICT systems capacity and security will be reviewed regularly.

·         Virus protection is updated regularly.

·         Advice on security strategies will be monitored on the School’s ICT web page and clarification sought as necessary.

E-mail

·         Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system and email usage should be supervised and monitored by a staff member.

·         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 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.

Published content and the school website

·         The contact details on the school website should be the school address, e-mail and telephone number. Staff or pupils’ personal information will not be published.

·         The Head Teacher will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.

Publishing pupil’s images and work

·         Photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully and will not enable individual pupils to be identified with their name.

·         Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the website.

·         Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school website.

·         Pupil’s work can only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents as agreed by parents on the Acceptable Use Agreement (AUA).

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. Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind that 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.
  • Pupils are advised to set and maintain profiles on such sites to maximum privacy and deny access to unknown individuals.
  • Our pupils are asked to report any incidents of bullying to the school.

Managing filtering

·         The school will work with the LB of Redbridge and the Internet Service Provider to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved.

·         If staff or pupils discover an unsuitable site, it must be reported to the Safeguarding Leader.

·         Safeguarding Leader will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.

Managing videoconferencing

·         Videoconferencing will use the educational broadband network to ensure quality of service and security rather than the Internet. 

·         Pupils will be required to gain permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a videoconference call.

·         Videoconferencing will be appropriately supervised for the pupils’ age.

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

  • Pupil instruction in responsible and safe use should precede any Internet access and all pupils must sign up to the Acceptable Use Agreement for pupils and abide by the school’s E-Safety rules. These E-Safety rules will also be displayed clearly in all networked rooms.
  • Access to the Internet will be by directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.
  • All parents will be asked to sign the Acceptable Use Agreement for pupils giving consent for their child to use the Internet in school by following the school’s E-Safety rules and within the constraints detailed in the school’s E-Safety policy.
  • All staff must read and agree in writing to adhere to the Acceptable Use Agreement for Staff before using any school ICT resource.

Password Security

  • Adult users are provided with an individual network, email and Fronter Learning Platform login username and password, which they are encouraged to change periodically.
  • All pupils are provided with an individual network, email and Fronter Learning Platform login username and password.
  • Pupils are not allowed to deliberately access on-line materials or files on the school network, of their peers, teachers or others within the school community.
  • Staff are aware of their individual responsibilities to protect the security and confidentiality of the school network, MIS systems.

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 Head Teacher.

·         Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with school Safeguarding procedures. 

·         Pupils and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure.

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 LB of Redbridge 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.

 

The Learning Platform

  • All staff will be trained and given advice on how to effectively use the DB Primary learning platform.
  • Parents will be informed about what the DB Primary Learning Platform is and how it can enhance the learning of each child. All children will be given training on how to effectively use the DB Primary Learning Platform.
  • All children will be given a username and password to access secure resources and facilities through the DB Primary Learning Platform. Children will be allowed to choose their own password and taught to keep this secure.
  • The DB Primary Learning Platform will be regularly monitored for incidents of cyber-bullying, inappropriate use of language or the uploading of inappropriate files. Children will be informed that the sending of messages through the DB Primary Learning Platform is monitored and misuse of the messaging system will result firstly in a warning, then a notification to parents and possible removal of the messaging service of the DB Primary Learning Platform should such behaviour be repeated. 
  • Children will be allowed to upload photographs of groups or group activities onto their homepage but not individual pictures of themselves. 
  • Class teachers will monitor the use of the DB Primary Learning Platform. Any misuse of the Fronter Learning Platform will be reported to the Head Teacher.

 

Monitoring and review        

This policy is implemented on a day-to-day basis by all school staff and is monitored by the Safeguarding Leader.

This policy is the Governors’ responsibility and they will review its effectiveness annually. They will do this during reviews conducted between the Safeguarding Leader and ICT Coordinator.

Ongoing incidents will be reported to the Governing Body.

The E-Safety policy will be revised by the Safeguarding Leader, Mrs Ramsey

 

 

 

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