Internet Access and E-Safety Policy



Policy Statement

Our E-Safety Policy has been developed from the KCC E-Safety Policy and government guidance.  It was first agreed by the staff, discussed with parents, and ratified by the Full Governing Body in November 2007.  The policy was last reviewed and ratified by the staff and Governing Body in October 2013.
The Designated Child Protection Coordinator will also be the E-Safety Coordinator, who is responsible for the implementation of the policy, which will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Teaching and Learning

Why is Internet use important?

The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management.
Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning.
Pupils also use the Internet widely outside school and will need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and take care of their own safety and security.

How can Internet use benefit education and enhance learning?

The school will have access to world-wide educational resources as well as educational and cultural exchanges between pupils.
It will have improved access to technical support, including remote management of networks and automatic system updates.
Staff will have access to national developments, educational materials and effective curriculum practice to aid their own professional development.
The School Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include appropriate filtering.
Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not, and will be given clear objectives for Internet use.
Staff should guide pupils in on-line activities that will support learning outcomes planned for the pupils’ age and maturity.

How will pupils learn to evaluate Internet content?

The school will ensure that the copying and subsequent use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.
Pupils should be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and respect copyright when using Internet materials in their own work.
Pupils should also be taught how to be critically aware of the materials they read, validating information before accepting its accuracy, so that evaluation of on-line materials becomes a part of every subject.


Managing Information Systems

How will security be maintained?

All Internet connections must be arranged via the Kent Community Network to ensure compliance with the security policy.
The security of the school information system and virus protection will be reviewed and updated regularly.
Security strategies will be discussed with EIS and all files on the school’s network will be regularly checked.

How will e-mail be managed?

Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts, and they must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive e-mail.
Pupils must not reveal personal details of themselves or others in e-mail communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
Whole-class or group e-mail addresses should be used, and e-mails sent to external organisations should be written carefully and authorised before sending, in the same way as a letter written on school headed paper.

How will published content be managed?

The contact details on the website should be the school address, e-mail and telephone number.  Staff or pupil’s personal information must not be published.
The Headteacher will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.
The website should comply with the school’s guidelines for publications,  including respect for copyright.

Can pupil’s images or work be published?

Images that include pupils will be selected carefully and will not enable individual pupils to be clearly identified.
Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the website, particularly in association with photographs.
Written permission from parents and carers will be obtained before any specific images of pupils are electronically published.

How will social networking / personal publishing be managed?

The school will block/filter access to social networking sites and newsgroups unless a specific use is approved.
Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them and/or their location.  Examples would include real name, address, mobile or landline phone numbers, school attended, Instant Messaging and e-mail addresses, full names of friends, specific interests and clubs etc.
Pupils should also be advised not to place personal photos on any social network space.  They should consider how public the information is and consider using private areas.  Advice should be given regarding background detail which could identify a pupil or their location, e.g. house number, street name or school.

How will filtering be managed?

The school will work with KCC, and the Internet Service Provider to ensure that systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved.
If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL must be reported to the E-Safety Coordinator.
Children should be aware that they can use the on-screen ‘dolphin’ to immediately hide any unwanted images or content.  They must then inform the class teacher as soon as possible.
Senior staff will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that filtering is appropriate, effective and reasonable, and that any material that the school believes is illegal is reported to the appropriate agency.

How will videoconferencing and emerging technologies be managed? 

Pupils should ask permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a videoconference call.
Videoconferencing should be supervised appropriately for the pupil’s age.
Unique log on and password details for the educational videoconferencing services should only be issued to members of staff and kept secure.
Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed.

How should personal data be protected?

Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.

Policy Decisions

How will Internet access be authorised and risks assessed?

The school will maintain a current record of all staff and pupils who are granted access to the school’s electronic communications.
All staff should be aware of this Policy and the ‘Staff Information System Code of Conduct’ before using any school ICT resource.
At Key Stage 1, access to the Internet will be by adult demonstration with occasional directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.
Parents will be informed that pupils are being provided with supervised Internet access.
Methods to identify, assess and minimise risks will be reviewed regularly.

How will e-safety complaints be handled?

Complaints of Internet misuse will be dealt with by the Headteacher or a senior member of staff.
Any complaints about staff misuse must be referred to the Headteacher or Governor with Responsibility for Safeguarding.
Parents will be informed of the complaints procedure.

How will e-safety complaints be handled?

Complaints of Internet misuse will be dealt with by the Headteacher or a senior member of staff.
Any complaints about staff misuse must be referred to the Headteacher.
Parents will be informed of the complaints procedure.

How is the Internet used across the community?

The school will liaise with local organisations to establish a common approach to e-safety.
The school will be sensitive to Internet related issues experienced by pupils out of school, e.g. social networking sites, and offer appropriate advice.

Communications Policy

How will the policy be introduced to pupils?

E-safety rules will be posted in rooms with Internet access, and pupils will be informed that network and Internet use will be monitored.
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.

How will the policy be discussed with staff and parents?

All staff working with ICT will be given the school E-safety Policy and its application and importance explained.
Staff training in safe and responsible Internet use and on the school E-Safety Policy will be provided as required.
Parents’ attention will be drawn to the policy in newsletters and on the school website.
A partnership approach with parents will be encouraged.  This could include parents workshops 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 also be made available.