Pupils will be taught how to evaluate Internet content
- The school will follow copyright law when internet derived materials are used by staff and pupils.
- Pupils will be taught the importance of cross-checking information before accepting its accuracy.
- Pupils will be taught how to identify unpleasant and inappropriate internet content. They will also be taught to report to an appropriate adult or use online reporting system.
Managing Internet Access
Information system security
- School ICT systems security will be reviewed regularly.
- Virus protection will be updated regularly.
- Security strategies will be discussed with the Local Authority.
- Pupils may only use approved electronic communication accounts on the school system. (e.g. email, blog, text)
- Pupils must immediately save and tell a teacher if they receive an offensive message.
- In electronic communication, pupils must not reveal their personal details or those of others
- Pupils must not arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
- If a report is made that you feel is a sexting issue staff will need to follow the guidance Annex S attached below. Staff will need to report to Designated Safeguarding Lead in school.
- Incoming electronic communications should be treated as suspicious
and attachments not opened unless the author is known.
- The school will consider how electronic communication from pupils to external bodies is presented and controlled.
- The forwarding of chain communications is not permitted.
Published content and the school web site
- Staff or pupil personal contact information will not be published. The school’s contact details given will be used.
- The headteacher or their delegated representative will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.
Publishing pupil’s images and work
- Photographs and videos that include pupils will be selected carefully so that individual pupils cannot be identified or their image misused. Where suitable the school will use group photographs rather than full-face photos of individual children.
- Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on a school web site or other on-line space, 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.
- Work can only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents/carer if they are identifiable.
- Pupil image file names will not refer to the pupil by name.
- Parents should be clearly informed of the school policy on image taking and publishing, both on school and independent electronic repositories.
- However children subject to an interim care order would need consent from their social worker.
Social networking and personal publishing
- The school will control access to social networking sites, and educate pupils in their safe use.
- Access to sites with social networking facilities will be restricted as appropriate.
- Pupils will be advised and monitored so as not to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them, their friends or their location.
- Pupils and parents will be advised that the use of social network spaces outside school brings a range of dangers for primary aged pupils.
- Pupils internet use will be monitored and advised in accordance with the schools policy on radicalisation
- Pupils will be advised to use nicknames and avatars when using social networking sites.
- The school will work with Walsall Children’s Services to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed.
- If staff come across unsuitable on-line materials, the site must be reported to the E-Safety Coordinator.
- If pupils come across unsuitable on-line materials, the site must be reported to their teacher who will inform the e-Safety Coordinator.
- Checks on visited sites will be made on a weekly basis.
- Staff are now able to access sites such as ‘You Tube’, ‘Twitter’ and others on request but staff need to be aware that these sites do contain inappropriate materials and therefore children are not allowed to use these sites.
Managing emerging technologies
- Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed.
- School staff should be aware that mobile technologies with wireless internet access can bypass school filtering systems and present a new route to undesirable material and communications.
- Personal devices, including mobile phones, will not be used during lessons or formal school time unless express permission is given by the head or SMT.
- The sending of abusive or inappropriate messages or files by Bluetooth or any other means is forbidden.
- Staff will be issued with a school phone where contact with pupils is required.
- Staff will not use personal devices to capture images of pupils.
Protecting personal data
- Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.
- Refer to the School’s data handling policy.
Authorising Internet access
- All staff must read and agree to the Staff Acceptable User Policy for ICT before using any school ICT resource.
- The school will maintain a current record of all staff and pupils who are granted access to school ICT systems.
- Across the key stage, pupils must agree to AUP before access to the internet is permitted.
- Any person not directly employed by the school will be asked to sign an acceptable use of school ICT resources before being allowed access.
- The school will take all reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate 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 computer connected to the school network. Neither the school nor Local Authority can accept liability for any material accessed, or any consequences of internet access.
- The school will audit ICT use to establish if the e-safety policy is adequate and the e-safety policy is appropriate and effectively implemented.
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 safeguarding nature must be dealt with in accordance with school’s safeguarding 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
- E-Safety rules will be posted in appropriate places and discussed with pupils regularly.
- Pupils will be informed that network and internet use will be monitored and appropriately followed up. (Policy Central)
- A programme of training in E-Safety will be developed, possibly based on the materials from CEOP. (Annually across the school from Year 3 to Year 6)
- E-Safety training will be embedded within the ICT scheme of work.
Staff and the e-Safety policy
- All staff will be given access to the School E-Safety Policy and its importance explained.
- All staff will receive E-Safety training when they join the school.
- All staff will receive E-Safety update training on an annual basis.
- Staff must be informed that network and internet traffic will be monitored and can be traced to the individual user. (Policy Central)
- Staff that manage filtering systems or monitor ICT use will be supervised by senior management and work to clear procedures for reporting issues.
- Staff will always use a child friendly safe search engine when accessing the web with pupils.
- Staff must not make ‘friends’ or communicate with current pupils or pupils that have left on any social network site, i.e.
Facebook. Staff should check that their privacy setting is set to ‘Friends only’ and consider changing their profile name. Staff who choose to use ‘Facebook’ and other network sites do so at their own risk and should be aware of the School’s Code of Conduct.
Enlisting parents’ and carers’ support
- Parents and carers attention will be drawn to the School E-Safety Policy in newsletters, the school brochure and on the school web site.
- The school will publish a list of e-safety resources for parents/carers.
- The school will ask all new parents to sign the parent/pupil agreement when they register their child with the school.
Appendix 1: Useful resources for teachers