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 high – quality, but safe Internet access as part of their learning experience either at School or at home.

“Children and young people have embraced new technologies as a source of information, education and entertainment. The use of digital technology has been completely normalised and it is now fully integrated into their daily lives. Children are using technology in new and exciting ways, enhancing and enriching their lives with the many tools on offer.”

“ICT can offer many positive educational and social benefits to young people but unfortunately there are some dangers. As in any other area of life, children and young people are vulnerable and may expose themselves to danger, whether knowingly or unknowingly, when using the internet and other technologies.”

Online Safety reflects the need to raise awareness of the safety issues associated with information systems and electronic communication as a whole.

It encompasses not only internet technologies but also electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology. It highlights the benefits of these technologies in educating children and young people, but also the risks and responsibilities of using them. It provides safeguards and raises awareness to enable users to control their online experiences.

Aims: This guidance identifies the measures in place in our trust:

To protect children from undesirable content on the internet

To protect them from undesirable contacts over the internet

To prevent unacceptable use of the internet by children or adults

To address issues of copyright for materials published on the internet

Roles and Responsibilities

Online Safety is a whole-school responsibility dependent on all stakeholders, e.g. staff, The Local Governing Board, parents, and advisors. It is also up to the pupils themselves to ensure they act responsibly when using the internet and other forms of communication.

The major consideration increating a safe e-learning environment is internet-safety education, which occurs in the classroom itself and is initiated by the teacher or teaching assistant. Whilst the Head teacher has overall responsibility for online safety issues, a senior manager has delegated responsibility as the Online Safety Leader.

Risks Associated with Contact

The internet as a means to contact people and organisations is an extremely valuable tool.

Encouraging the development of communication skills and transforming the learning process by opening up extra possibilities. However, just as in the real world, children may become involved in inappropriate antisocial or illegal behaviour whilst using new technologies e.g., cyber bullying, identity theft, or arranging to meet people they have met online.

Whilst children will, at times, use e-mail as part of their learning across the curriculum, the school does not use chat rooms or instant messaging. Children will however be made aware of the risks involved in all of these and ways of avoiding them, as part of their learning.

Communication with children through technology

Adults or volunteers who work with children should be mindful of how they use social media and the potential for others to access personal content they may post. Staff should maintain a clear boundary between personal and professional communication and use a privacy setting on personal accounts so that these are not accessible to children.

Have security settings to the maximum

Staff must not use their personal mobile or personal device during working hours.

Disciplinary action may result if these boundaries are not adhered to.

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