Grove Road Primary School
The Green Paper Every Child Matters and the provisions of the Children Act 2004, Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
The ‘staying safe’ outcome includes aims that children and young people are:
Much of these aims apply equally to the ‘virtual world’ that children and young people will encounter whenever they use ICT in its various forms. For example, we know that the internet has been used for grooming children and young people with the ultimate aim of exploiting them sexually; we know that ICT can offer new weapons for bullies, who may torment their victims via websites or text messages; and we know that children and young people have been exposed to inappropriate content when online, which can sometimes lead to their involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour.
It is the duty of the school to ensure that every child in their care is safe, and the same principles should apply to the ‘virtual’ or digital world as would be applied to the school’s physical buildings.
This Policy document is drawn up to protect all parties – the students, the staff and the school and aims to provide clear advice and guidance on how to minimise risks and how to deal with any infringements.
ICT in the 21st Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of children and adults. New technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information. Current and emerging technologies used in school and, more importantly in many cases, used outside of school by children include:
Creating a safe ICT learning environment includes three main elements at this school:
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 headteacher ensures that the Policy is implemented and compliance with the Policy monitored. The responsibility for e-Safety has been designated to the ICT Co-ordinator.
Our school e-Safety Co-ordinator is Grace O'Sullivan.
Our E-Safety Coordinator ensures they keep up to date with E-Safety issues and guidance through liaison with the Local Authority e-Safety Officer and through organisations such as Becta and The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP). The school’s e-Safety coordinator ensures the Head, senior management and Governors are updated as necessary.
Governors need to have an overview understanding of E-Safety issues and strategies at this school. We ensure our governors are aware of our local and national guidance on E-Safety and are updated at least annually on policy developments.
All teachers are responsible for promoting and supporting safe behaviours in their classrooms and following school E-Safety procedures. Central to this is fostering a ‘No Blame’ culture so pupils feel able to report any bullying, abuse or inappropriate materials.
All staff should be familiar with the schools’ Policy including:
Staff are reminded / updated about E-Safety matters at least once a year.
Schools should include esafety in the curriculum and ensure that every pupil has been educated about safe and responsible use. Pupils need to know how to control and minimise online risks and how to report a problem.
Schools should ensure that they make efforts to engage with parents over e-safety matters and that parents/guardians/carers have signed and returned an e-safety/AUP form.
The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure E-Safety. However, owing to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, the availability of mobile technologies and speed of change, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer or mobile device. Neither the school nor the Local Authority can accept liability for material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.
Staff and pupils are given information about infringements in use and possible sanctions. Sanctions available include:
Our E-Safety Coordinator acts as first point of contact for any complaint. Any complaint about staff misuse is referred to the Headteacher.
Complaints of cyberbullying are dealt with in accordance with our Anti-Bullying Policy. Complaints related to child protection are dealt with in accordance with school / LA child protection procedures.