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E-Safety

E-SAFETY

1. E-SAFETY POLICY 2017

EFFECTIVE PRACTICE IN E-SAFETY

e-Safety depends on effective practice in each of the following areas:

Education for responsible ICT use by all staff and pupils; A comprehensive, agreed and implemented e-Safety Policy; Use of a secure, filtered broadband (e.g. Broadband Sandwell); A school network that complies with the National Education Network standards and specifications.

The range of issues classified within e-safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:

Content:     being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material

Contact:     being subjected to harmful online interaction with others

Conduct:    personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes harm

WRITING AND REVIEWING THE E-SAFETY POLICY

The e-Safety Policy is part of the School Development Plan and relates to other policies including those for ICT, bullying and for child protection:

The school’s appointed e-Safety Lead is the Headteacher. Our e-Safety Policy has been written by the school, building on the Sandwell e-Safety Policy. An esafety self assessment has been completed using the 360 degree tool. The self assessment will inform agreed actions that the school will complete in order to gain the e-safety accredited mark. The policy has been agreed by senior management and approved by governors. The e-safety policy was approved by governors in: January 2017 The next review date is (at least annually): September 2017 Disseminated to all staff on: Available on the openhive

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Why the Internet and digital communications are important:

The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide pupils with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.

Internet use will enhance learning:

The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils. Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use. Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet to research, including the skills of retrieval and evaluation. Pupils will be shown how to publish and present information to a wider audience.

Pupils will be taught how to evaluate Internet content:

The school will ensure that the use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law. Pupils will be taught the importance of cross-checking information before accepting its accuracy. Pupils will be taught how to report unpleasant Internet content by using the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) “Report Abuse” icon or “Hector Protector.” Pupils will know to contact the named e-Safety lead in school if they experience any issues.

MANAGING INTERNET ACCESS

Information system security:

School ICT systems’ security will be reviewed regularly. Virus protection will be updated regularly. Security strategies will be discussed with the Local Authority.

e-mail:

Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system. Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive any form of offensive/inappropriate email. The teacher must then liaise with the e-Safety Lead. In e-mail communication, pupils must not reveal their personal details or those of others. Pupils should be advised not to meet anyone first met online without specific permission or a responsible adult present. Incoming e-mail should be treated as suspicious and attachments not opened unless the author is known. The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted and the rationale is understood.

Published content and the school web site:

Staff or pupil personal contact information will not generally be published. Only the school’s office contact details should be given online.

Taking and storing images:

Images of pupils will only be taken on school camera’s Images need to be stored securely on devices and devices will not be removed from the school. It is important to note that images downloaded onto laptops and then subsequently deleted, although  they appear to be deleted, the file may not have been removed from the hard drive. If images of pupils need to be deleted, this needs to be referred to the ICT technician.

Publishing pupils’ images and work:

Photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully so that individual pupils cannot be identified or their image misused. (Consider using group photographs rather than full-face photos of individual children.) Pupils’ names should not be used anywhere on the school Web site or other on-line space, particularly in association with photographs. Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs/digital and video images of pupils are published on the school web site. Work can only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents/carers.

Social networking and personal publishing:

The school will control access to social networking sites and guidelines how to educate shareholders in their safe use are part of e-Safety policy/social networking policy. Where necessary, the school will closely control access to and the use of social networking sites, with consideration given as to how the pupils can be educated in their safe usage. Newsgroups will be blocked unless a specific use is approved. Pupils and staff will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them, their friends or their location. Parents will be informed of their responsibilities in respect of Social Networking and the minimum age for Facebook users being 13 years old.

Managing filtering:

The school will work with the Sandwell Local Authority and a managed filtering system (Broadband Sandwell) to ensure systems in place to protect pupils are reviewed and improved. If staff or pupils come across unsuitable on-line materials, the site must be reported to the eSafety lead. Senior staff will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.

Managing videoconferencing & webcam use:

Videoconferencing should use Sandwell’s broadband network to ensure quality of service and security. Ground rules must be established with pupils prior to videoconferencing to ensure appropriate behaviour. Pupils must ask permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a videoconference call. Videoconferencing and webcam use will be appropriately supervised for the pupils’ age.

Managing emerging technologies:

Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before their use in school; and clear boundaries will be set. The senior leadership team should note that technologies such as mobile phones with wireless Internet access can bypass school filtering systems and present a new access route to undesirable material and communications. Staff will be issued with a school phone where contact with pupils is required or where mobile phones are used to capture photographs of pupils. Use of staff’s personal mobile phones is forbidden. The appropriate use of VLEs/Learning Platforms will be reviewed as the technology becomes available within the school. The educational benefits of mobile technology need to be encouraged but not misused.

Protecting personal data:

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

POLICY DECISIONS

Authorising Internet access:

All staff must read and sign the Staff Code of Conduct for ICT before using any school ICT resource. All pupils must sign the school AUP before being granted Internet access. The school will maintain a current record of all staff and pupils who are granted access to school ICT systems. At Key Stage 1, access to the Internet will be with adult supervision and will only access specific, approved on-line materials. Any person not directly employed by the school will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct before being allowed to access the internet from the school site.

Assessing risks:

The school will take all reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a computer connected to the school network. Neither the school nor Sandwell Local Authority can accept liability for any material accessed or any consequences of Internet access. The school should audit ICT use to establish if the e-safety policy is adequate and that the implementation of the e-safety policy is appropriate and effective.

Handling e-safety complaints:

All Complaints of Internet misuse/illegal activity will be dealt with by the headteacher. All illegal activity including images will be referred immediately to the police. The Headteacher does not  need to see the evidence. The computer/device/room should be secured. It should not be switched off, – the police should be called immediately. Viewing material of a complaint that could potentially be illegal contaminates and possibly implicates the Headteacher in the crime. The act of opening the activity/image may change any date information stored on the computer; contaminating it. Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with school child protection procedures. (Appendix 1 displays a flowchart of responses to an incident of concern.) Pupils and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure. (See schools complaints procedure.) Pupils and parents will be informed of consequences for pupils misusing the Internet. Discussions will be held with the West Midlands Police to establish procedures for handling potentially illegal issues. (West Midlands Police Non-emergencies and enquiries: Telephone: 0345 113 5000.)

Community use of the Internet:

The school will liaise with local organisations to establish a common approach to e-safety in conjunction with the e-Safety pledge.

COMMUNICATIONS POLICY

Introducing the e-Safety policy to pupils:

e-Safety rules will be posted in all rooms where computers are used and discussed with pupils regularly. Pupils will be informed that network and Internet use will be monitored and appropriately followed up. A programme of training in e-Safety will be developed, based on the materials from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP.) Rewards for positive Internet use and sanctions for inappropriate Internet use both in and out of school hours are clearly stated and understood by all users. e-Safety training will be embedded within the ICT scheme of work or the Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum. All children and young people require safe opportunities to understand the risks and benefits of the Internet and to balance these in their everyday use.

Staff and the e-Safety policy:

All staff will be given the School’s e-Safety policy and emphasise its importance. Staff must be informed that network and Internet traffic can be monitored and traced to the individual user. Staff that manage filtering systems or monitor ICT use will be supervised by senior management and work using the guidance and procedures for reporting issues. Staff will always use a child friendly, safe search engine when accessing the web with pupils e.g. “Yahoo Kids”. Regular e-Safety training will be part of the school’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. Buying and ordering of goods online is monitored, managed, and agreed by the Headteacher.

Enlisting parents’ and carers’ support:

Parents’ and carers’ attention will be drawn to the school’s e-Safety policy in newsletters, the school brochure and on the school’s web site. The school will maintain a list of e-Safety resources for parents/carers. The school will ask all new parents to sign the parent /pupil agreement when their child is first enrolled at the school.

 

 

2. PARENTS AND CARERS CHECKLIST

Keeping your child safe online – A checklist for parents and carers

As a parent you’ll probably know how important the internet is to children and young people. They use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves in all types of creative ways. This may be through sharing photos and videos, blogging, gaming, or even developing their own apps. It is a place of amazing opportunities.

The technology children use in their daily lives can seem daunting. You might worry about the risks they can face online, such as bullying, contact from strangers, as well as the possibility of access to inappropriate or illegal content.To help them stay safe, it’s important that you understand how your child uses the internet.

By following this simple checklist, you can start to protect them and decrease the risks they face:  

I have asked my child to show me sites they use – By doing so, your child is including you in their online life and social activity. Show an interest and take note of the names of their favourite sites. You can then re-visit these when you are alone. Take your time and explore the space, find out how to set the safety features and learn how to report any issues directly to the site.

I have asked my child to set their profile settings to private – Social networking sites, such as Facebook, are used by children to share information, photos and just about everything they do! Encourage your child to set their privacy settings to private. They need to think about the information they post online as it could be copied and pasted anywhere, without their permission. If it got into the wrong hands, somebody may wish to use it against them or worst of all try to locate them in the real world.

I have asked my child about their online friends – We know that people lie online about who they are and may create fake identities. It is very important children understand this. Whether they are visiting a social network or a gaming site, the safety messages are the same. Children and young people must never give out personal information and only be “friends” with people they know and trust in the real world.

I have set appropriate parental controls on my child’s computer, mobile and games console – Filters on computers and mobiles can prevent your child from viewing inappropriate and possibly illegal content. You can activate and change levels depending on your child’s age and abilities. You can also set time restrictions for using the internet or games. They can be free and easy to install. Call your service provider who will be happy to assist or visit CEOP’s parents’ site for further information. Explain to your child why you are setting parental controls when you talk to them about their internet use.

My child has agreed to tell me if they are worried about something online – Sometimes children get into situations online where they don’t feel comfortable or see something they don’t want to see. By opening up  the communication channels and talking to your child about the internet, their favourite sites and the risks they may encounter, they are more likely to turn to you if they are concerned about something.

I know where to get help if I’m concerned about my child – The CEOP Safety Centre provides access to a range of services. If you are concerned that an adult has made inappropriate contact with your child you can report this directly to CEOP. You can also find help if you think your child is being bullied, or if you’ve come across something on the internet which you think may be illegal.

Visit the Safety Centre at www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre or by clicking on this button:

For further help and guidance on all the information mentioned please visit

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

STAY SAFE

Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

DON’T MEET UP

Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Always check with an adult you trust.

ACCEPTING FILES

Accepting files,emails,pictures or texts from people you dont know can cause problems

RELIABLE

Check information before you believe it. Is the person or website telling the truth ?

 

TELL SOMEONE

Tell an adult if someone or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable.