Introduction and Ethos
As a school/educational instituted we are committed to promoting the safety and well- being of our school communities. We are committed to using new and emerging technologies to drive forward education and are innovative in the use of this technology to help to deliver a creative and educationally stimulating balanced curriculum. We are appreciative of the wealth of information which the use of these technologies can bring to aid teaching and learning. With this in mind, we are knowledgeable about the potential hazards, dilemmas and dangers which our community may face when using new technologies. To be successful we recognise that our ethos needs to be clear and understood by all stakeholders especially students, staff, parents and carers.
Aims and Objectives
To ensure that members of our school community are safe, knowledgeable and responsible users of e-technology.
The specific objectives are as follows:
We will ensure that technology, information, advice and guidance is available to, and accessible by, all members of the school community.
Staff Responsibility and Development
Child protection staff
Senior Designated Person: Kirsty Brown
Alternate SDP: Jane Bass, Sue Thornett
Vicki Aldhouse (ICT Subject Lead/ CEOP trained person)
Helen Branch (ICT Instructor/ CEOP trained person)
The ICT Team are available to offer guidance and support on the use of new and emerging technologies and software. A training programme for the use of new resources will be put in place as and when required.
We support staff training opportunities on the use of new and emerging technologies. Any member of staff wishing to apply for training offered by an external provider will need to apply using the established system.
E-mail is an essential means of communication throughout the school community. Directed e-mail use can bring significant use can bring significant educational benefits to the learning environment. E-mail should not be considered private and the school reserves the right to monitor e-mail.
Students will be advised about the reasons for caution in publishing personal information and images in social publishing sites.
Social Networking and Personal Publishing
Parents/carers and members of the school community need to be aware that the Internet has emerging online spaces and social networks which allow individuals to publish unchecked content.
Mobile Phone Communication and Instant Messaging
Many emerging communications technologies offer the potential to develop new teaching and learning tools, including mobile communications, wide internet access and multimedia.
Protecting Personal Data
The quantity and variety of data held on students, families and staff is expanding quickly. While this data can be very useful in improving services, data could be mishandled, stolen or misused. The Data Protections Act 1998 gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them and it provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly.
Internet Use in the Community
Communication to the School Community
We acknowledge children play may computer games at home, but while in the school environment children will only be exposed to suitable age related games, this includes films and books.
If a child or young person reports or comments that they are playing games which are not of a suitable age limit, parents will be contacted and concerns will be brought up.
If a child or young person’s behaviour has become more violent or aggressive this may be a sign of playing inappropriate games, which should be reported to Senior Designated Child Protection or the CEOP trained person, who will contact parents accordingly.
Behaviour and Cyber-bullying
Is when a child or your person is being bullied through an ICT media, whether this be e-mail, mobile phones or social networking.
Grooming refers to actions deliberately undertaken with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child, in order to lower the child’s inhibitions in preparation for sexual abuse. We are aware that students may use chat rooms at home and we provide and develop children’s understanding of how to protect themselves. Students sometimes speak about the friends which they have made- including ‘virtual friends’. Possible warning signs that a student may be being groomed are:
In all these situations an immediate referral should be made to the Senior Designated Person of Child Protection or the CEOP trained people. Parents will be contacted and Police informed, as necessary.
In the Event of Inappropriate Use
If a member of staff is believed to misuse the internet or e-mail in an abusive or illegal manner, a report must be made to the Headteacher/ Senior Designated Professional immediately and then the Whistleblowing Policy and the Safeguarding Policy be followed to deal with any misconduct and all appropriate authorities contacted.
In the event that a child or young person accidently accesses inappropriate materials the child should report this to an adult immediately and take appropriate action to hide the screen or close the window. Where a child or young person feels unable to disclose abuse, sexual requests or other misuses against them to an adult, they can use the Report Abuse button (www.thinkuknow.co.uk) to make a report and seek further advice. Although it is advised that any child under the age of 11, should have an adult with them to go through the form. The issue of a child or young person deliberately misusing online technologies should also be addressed by the establishment.
Should a child or young person be found to misuse the online facitilies whilst at school, the following consequences should occur, these will be reviewed by the school council and stakeholders as the policy is updated:
Children should be taught and encouraged to consider the implications for misusing the internet and posting inappropriate materials to websites, for example, as this may have legal implications.
Promotion of E-safety
Monitoring and review
This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis by the CEOP designated person, ICT subject lead and a member of Senior Leadership Team.
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