E-Safety

Introduction

Bridgemary School will allow students, teachers, other employees and the community access to its computers, network services, and the Internet.

All student activity, when using the network and Internet in the school, must be in support of education and/or research and must be appropriate to the educational objectives of the school. Students who access the Internet from the school site are responsible for everything that takes place on their computers and all Internet activity is logged.

Benefits

Access to e-mail and the Internet will enable staff and students to


• explore thousands of libraries, databases, museums, and other sources of information;

• exchange personal communication with other Internet users around the world;

• be included in Government initiatives and global educational projects;


• keep abreast of news and current events;


• take part in live discussion with experts;

• publish and display work by creating personal Web pages.

Effective Use

Internet access will be planned to enrich and extend learning activities as an integral aspect of the curriculum.

Students will:


• be given clear objectives of Internet use;

• be educated in responsible and effective Internet use;

• be supervised appropriately;

• learn to search for and discriminate between valid and inappropriate material;

• learn to copy, save and use material found on the Internet without infringing copyright/ data protection.

E-Safety

Internet access at Bridgemary School is filtered by our own in-house technical team. The school’s network of computers runs additional security software, which monitors all computer use and reports misuse to a database. All inappropriate computer activity is logged and parents are informed of inappropriate computer activity so that everyone uses IT correctly and safely.

Ultimately, parents/carers of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that students should follow when using media and information sources.

E-Safety Responsibility E-Safety depends on all staff, governors, advisers, parents and where appropriate, the students themselves taking responsibility.

E-Safety Co-ordinator

The E-Safety co-ordinator is Paul McLachlan, Network Manager. Serious E-Safety issues can also be reported to the child protection co-ordinator Miss R Johnson. A governor will also have oversight for E- Safety.

Personal Security Guidelines

Students should

• never reveal personal information, either their own or others, such as home addresses, telephone numbers and personal E-mail addresses;

• not use photographs of themselves on their Web pages unless the parent/carer has given permission to do so, in this case names would not accompany photographs.

• never meet people in person that they have contacted on the Internet without parental/carer permission;

• notify their teacher whenever they come across information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate, or make them feel uncomfortable;

• be aware that the author of an E-mail or Web page may not be the person they claim to be.

Managing E-mail

E-mail addresses of students are not advertised publicly. E-mail addresses are provided for each student at no cost to the student. E-mail may contain attached documents and files. All school based e-mail accounts are filtered and mail will not be delivered if inappropriate. E-mail provision is only by the school and their approved email providers. All other e-mail providers are not available on the school’s network or any associated PCs.

School and Personal Web Pages

Students are encouraged to take an active role in writing Web pages. This often inspires students to publish work to a high standard for a wide and varied audience. Web pages can be used to:

• document curricular research;


• be part of an online project;


• promote the school and community;


• publish resources for projects and homework;


• create personal pages detailing interests and displays of work.

Access Permission

Students are responsible for appropriate behaviour on the school’s computer network just as they are in the classroom or on the school playground. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules and our Behaviour Policy apply and it is expected that users will comply with the guidelines of this policy. Students are personally responsible for their actions when using school equipment to access computer resources outside the school network. Users of the school network must not access other user accounts.

Parental Support

Students could potentially have unfiltered unsupervised Internet access at home. All parents/carers should be aware of the concerns and benefits of Internet use. Parents/carers are invited to contact the IT Support team at any time for advice if required. The school also runs some Internet training sessions to cover the basics of Internet use.

Usage Rules and Guidelines

Privacy

Teachers and staff may review documents and log files to ensure that students are using the system responsibly.

Software

Students should never download, load or install any software, shareware, or freeware, or load any such software from USB pens, unless they have permission from their teacher. Students may not copy other people's work or intrude into other people's files without permission.

Backup

The school network system is automatically backed up by our technical team but we also encourage students to manually backup their work as this is good practice. USB pens can be purchased  at a very reasonable cost.

Virus Protection

We also advise that students scan any removable media that they bring into the school for viruses prior to plugging it into any school equipment. If any assistance is required in doing this please see one of our IT support team.

Inappropriate materials or language

Abusive or impolite language should not be used to communicate nor should materials be accessed which are not in line with the rules of school behaviour. A good rule to follow is never view, send, or access materials that you would not want your teachers or parents to see. Should students encounter such material, they should immediately report it to their teacher.

• Students are not allowed in chat rooms unless they are within the school’s learning platform and a member of staff is supervising.

• No Internet games may be played during school hours.

Cyber-bullying

Cyber-bullying is an aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual using electronic forms of contact repeatedly over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.

School behaviour policy will be followed in all bullying cases including those carried out by means of electronic communication on the school site and may be used for any incidents that occur offsite which are brought to the school’s attention .

The Law

Students should never use the computers to engage in activities that may be in violation of the law.

Sanctions for Internet and Computer Misuse

Any form of vandalism, damage or theft to any computer equipment will result in parents/carers informed and possible disciplinary action. All damages will be paid for.

Computer misuse. Depending on the severity of the offence the following sanction(s) will be applied:

Counselled by IT Staff/Tutor/Head of Subject/Head of Learning.

Curriculum detention.


Senior Leadership Detention. 


Parents informed with copy of evidence of offence.

Loss of Internet Access (Time will be negotiated).


Loss of IT Provision (Time will be negotiated).


Full or partial payment for any damage to IT equipment
Exclusion (For extremely serious offences)

Useful Links for Further Information

Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre http://www.ceop.police.uk

Internet Watch Foundation http://mobile.iwf.org.uk

Get Safe Online http://www.getsafeonline.org

Who is hosting this - a parents guide to safety http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/e-safety/

BBC Bitesize safety http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/ict/history_impact_ict/esafety/activity/