St Brigid’s E-Safety Policy
Background / Rationale
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school.
The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. The new ‘MySchool’ and ‘Fronter’ services will present many opportunities for all pupils. It will give teachers and pupils access to learning resources from across the world and will bring these resources into the classroom. Access to the ‘digital classroom’ and its e-learning tools, lessons and resources will be possible from any internet connected device, 24 hours a day. This allows teachers, pupils and parents to work in partnership to support learning. The communications and e-learning elements of the service will support collaboration between schools and will offer pupils a richer learning experience. Children and young people have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. Some of the dangers they may face include:
• Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content
• Unauthorised access to / loss of / sharing of personal information
• The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet.
• The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge
• Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers
• Access to unsuitable video / internet games
• An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet
• Plagiarism and copyright infringement
• Illegal downloading of music or video files
This e-safety policy links with other Pastoral care policies. (eg behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies.)
Development / Monitoring / Review of this Policy
Our e-safety policy has been developed by the teaching staff of St Brigid’s P.S. guided by UICT co-ordinator.
Consultation with the whole school community has taken place through the following:
• Staff meetings
• School / Student / Pupil Council
• Governors meeting / sub committee meeting
• Letters to parents
Roles and Responsibilities
Governors are responsible for the approval of the e-Safety Policy and for reviewing the effectiveness of the policy. This will be carried out by the Governors / Governors Sub Committee receiving regular information about e-safety incidents and monitoring reports. The role of the e-Safety Governor will include:
• regular meetings with the E-Safety Co-ordinator / Officer
• regular monitoring of e-safety incident logs
• reporting to relevant Governors committee / meeting
Principal and Senior Leaders:
• The Principal and Governors are responsible for ensuring the safety (including e-safety) of members of the school community, though the day to day responsibility for e-safety will be delegated to the e-Safety Co-ordinator.
• The Principal / Senior Leaders are responsible for ensuring that the E-Safety Coordinator and other relevant staff receive suitable CPD to enable them to carry out their e-safety roles and to train other colleagues, as relevant.
• The Principal/ Senior Leaders will ensure that there is a system in place to allow for monitoring and support of those in school who carry out the internal e-safety monitoring role. This is to provide a safety net and also support to those colleagues who take on important monitoring roles.)
• The Principal and one member of the Senior Leadership Team / Senior Management Team will be aware of the procedures to be followed in the event of a serious e-safety allegation being made against a member of staff.
• That users may only access the school’s networks through a properly enforced password protection policy, in which passwords are regularly changed and monitored by C2k/Northgate.
Teaching and Support Staff
are responsible for ensuring that:
• They have an up to date awareness of e-safety matters and of the current school e-safety policy and practices
• They will report any suspected misuse or problem to the E-Safety Co-ordinator or Principal for investigation.
• Digital communications with pupils (email / Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or voice) should be on a professional level
Designated person for child protection / Deputy designated Child Protection Officer
will be trained in e-safety issues and be aware of the potential for serious child protection issues to arise from:
• Sharing of personal data
• Access to illegal / inappropriate materials
• Inappropriate on-line contact with adults / strangers
• Potential or actual incidents of grooming
Parents / Carers
Parents / Carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the need to use the internet / mobile devices in an appropriate way. The school will help parents to understand these complex issues. Parents and carers will be responsible for:
• endorsing (by signature) the Pupil Acceptable Use Policy.
1) Pupils :
• Are responsible for using the school ICT systems in accordance with the Pupil Acceptable Use Policy, which they will be expected to sign along with their parents before being given access to school systems.
2) Pupils :
E-Safety education will be provided in the following ways:
• A planned e-safety programme should be provided as part of PDMU lessons , assemblies, School Council meetings. This will cover both the use of ICT and new technologies in school and outside school.
Education - Extended Schools
The school will from time to time provide information and training for parents where appropriate.
Education & Training – Staff
All staff will be kept up to date with e- safety policy training and developments.
• It is agreed that all staff- teachers, sub teachers, students and guests will use the ICT systems in a professional and responsible way.
E-safety should be a focus in all areas of the curriculum and staff should reinforce e-safety messages in the use of ICT across the curriculum.
Pupils will be guided to suitable sites by their teacher.
Use of digital Images - Photographic, Video
• When using digital images, staff should inform and educate pupils about the risks associated with the taking, using, sharing, publishing and distribution of images. In particular they should recognise the risks attached to publishing their own images on the internet eg on social networking sites.
• Video and digital images are only to be used with the person’s permission. They are to be used for educational purposes only.
Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.•
When using communication technologies the school considers the following as good practice:
• The official school email service may be regarded as safe and secure and is monitored by C2K.Staff and pupils should therefore use only the school email service to communicate with others when in school, or on school systems (eg by remote access).
• Users need to be aware that email communications will be monitored
• Users must report immediately to nominated person, the receipt of any e-mail that makes them feel uncomfortable or is offensive, threatening or bullying in nature. They must not respond to any such email.
• Any digital communication between staff and pupils or parents (email, chat, VLE etc) must be professional in tone and content.
The school believes that the following activities would be inappropriate in a school context and that users should not engage in these activities in school or outside school when using school equipment or systems. The school policy restricts certain internet usage as follows:
Users shall not visit internet sites, make, post, download, upload, data transfer, communicate or pass on , material relating to inappropriate activities.
Responding to incidents of misuse
If any misuse is observed, it should be reported to a teacher by a pupil or to principal/vice principal by a teacher. The principal may wish to inform the Governors or other related outside agencies- social services, Welb, Police.
In cases of pupil misuse, pupils will have internet access removed for a specified period of time.
Other sanctions may apply depending on the incident.
This policy will be reviewed on a biennial basis.