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Grove Road Primary School

E-Safety Policy

 

 

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:

 

  • safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
  • safe from accidental injury and death
  • safe from bullying and discrimination
  • safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school
  • secure, stable and cared for.

 

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: 

 

  • The Internet
  • e-mail
  • Instant messaging often using simple web cams
  • Blogs (an on-line interactive diary)
  • Podcasting (radio / audio broadcasts downloaded to computer or MP3/4 player)
  • Social networking sites
  • Video broadcasting sites
  • Chat Rooms
  • Gaming Sites
  • Music download sites
  • Mobile phones with camera and video functionality
  • Mobile technology (e.g. games consoles) that are ‘internet ready’.
  • Smart phones with e-mail, web functionality and cut down ‘Office’ applications.

 

Creating a safe ICT learning environment includes three main elements at this school:

 

  • An effective range of technological tools;
     
  • Policies and procedures, with clear roles and responsibilities;
     
  • A comprehensive e-Safety education programme for pupils, staff and parents.

 

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:

 

  • Safe use of e-mail;
  • Safe use of Internet including use of internet-based communication services, such as instant messaging and social network;
  • Safe use of school network, equipment and data;
  • Safe use of digital images and digital technologies, such as mobile phones and digital cameras;
  • publication of pupil information/photographs and use of website;
  • eBullying / Cyberbullying procedures;
  • their role in providing E-Safety education for pupils;

 

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.

 

How will the policy be introduced to pupils?

  • An E-safety training programme will be introduced to raise the awareness and importance of safe and responsible internet use.
  • Instruction in responsible and safe use should precede Internet access.
  • An E-safety module will be included in the PSHCE, Citizenship or ICT programmes covering both school and home use.

 

How will the policy be discussed with staff?

  • Staff should be aware that Internet traffic is monitored and can be traced to the individual user.  Discretion and professional conduct is essential.
  • Staff that manage filtering systems or monitor ICT use will be supervised by senior management and have clear procedures for reporting issues.
  • Staff training in safe and responsible Internet use and on the school e‑Safety Policy will be provided as required.

 

How will parents’ support be enlisted?

  • Internet issues will be handled sensitively, and parents will be advised accordingly.
  • A partnership approach with parents will be encouraged. This could include parent evenings with demonstrations and suggestions for safe home Internet use.
  • Advice on filtering systems and educational and leisure activities that include responsible use of the Internet will be made available to parents.

 

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:

  • interview/counselling by teacher / Head of Key Stage / e-Safety Coordinator / Headteacher;
  • informing parents or carers;
  • removal of Internet or computer access for a period,
  • referral to LA / Police.

 

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.

 

 

  • Grove Road Primary School,
  • Cromwell Road,
  • Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3QQ
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