Grindon Infant School

E-Safety Policy

E safety encompasses the use of new technologies, internet and electronic communications.

The school’s e-safety policy will operate in conjunction with other policies including those for ICT, behaviour, anti bullying, curriculum, data protection and security.

E-safety depends on an effective practise at a number of levels:

responsible ICT use by all staff and pupils

rigorous implementation of e safety policy in both administration and curriculum

safe and secure broadband including effective management of filtering

the Head Teacher and ICT coordinator is to implement and monitor this policy

 

Introduction

 The purpose of this policy is to:

establish the ground rules that we have at Grindon Infant School for using the Internet and electronic communications.  It highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their on line experience.

Teaching and learning (cross reference with ICT and Internet Access Policy)

The internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education.  The school has a duty to provide pupils with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.

Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.

Pupils are taught what Internet use is acceptable and given clear objectives for Internet use.

Our pupils are educated in the effective use of the Internet in research.

The school ensures that the use of the Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.

 

Managing Internet access

 School ICT systems capacity and security is reviewed regularly.

Virus protection is updated regularly.

 

Email

 Staff may only use approved email accounts on the school system.

 

Social networking and personal publishing

The school blocks access to social networking sites.

 

Managing filtering

If staff or pupils discover an unsuitable site, it must be reported immediately to the ICT coordinator.

The ICT education department (EDIT) ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that filtering methods selected are appropriate and effective.

 

Protecting personal data

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

 

Policy decisions

Staff have authorised Internet access.

All staff read and sign the School Laptop Declaration before using any school ICT resource.

At Key Stage 1 access to the Internet will be by adult demonstration with directly supervised access to specific, approved online materials.

 

Assessing risk

The school takes all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material by using City of Sunderland’s filtering system.

The school audits ICT provision on an annual basis to establish if the safety policy is adequate and that its implementation is effective.

 

Handling safety complaints

Complaints of Internet misuse are dealt with by a senior member of staff.

Complaints of a child protection nature are dealt with in accordance with the school’s safeguarding procedures.

 

Communications

E safety rules are discussed with the pupils at the start of the year

 

Staff and e safety policy

All staff have copies of the e safety policy and know its importance

Staff are aware that internet traffic can be traced to the individual user

 

Enlisting parents support

Parents are made aware of the schools’ e safety policy on the school website.

Parents are asked to support the school’s e safety policy.

The policy will be reviewed annually by staff and governors.