Internet Rules for children are displayed in all our classrooms:-
* I will only access the internet when my teacher or an adult is present
* I will only use the internet for learning and research
* I will not access other people’s files or emails without their permission
* I will not give out my personal details (my name, age, address, telephone number or email address) or arrange to meet with someone
* I will only send polite and responsible messages and will report any unpleasant and strange messages
* I will not buy anything
* I understand that files and visits to internet sites are monitored
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS INCLUDED IN OUR E-SAFETY POLICY, THE FULL VERSION IS LOCATED IN THE ATTACHMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Ascot Heath CE Junior School’s child protection/e-safety leads main roles and responsibilities include:
- Maintaining Acceptable Use Policies
- Ensuring that the school’s policies and procedures include aspects of e-safety. For example: the Anti-Bullying procedures include cyberbullying and the Child Protection Policy includes internet grooming
- Working with the filter system provider to ensure that the filtering is set at the correct level for staff, children and young people
- Reporting issues to the headteacher or deputy head
- Ensure that staff participate in e-safety training
- Ensure that e-safety is included in staff induction
- Monitor and evaluate incidents that occur to inform future safeguarding developments
The Use of Social Networking and On-Line Media
This school asks its whole community to promote the 3 ‘common’ approaches to online behaviour:
- Common courtesy
- Common decency
- Common sense
How do we show common courtesy online?
- We ask someone’s permission before uploading photographs, videos or any other information about them online.
- We do not write or upload ‘off-hand’, hurtful, rude or derogatory comments and materials. To do so is disrespectful and may upset, distress, bully or harass.
How do we show common decency online?
- We do not post comments that can be considered intimidating, racist, sexist, homophobic or defamatory. This is cyber-bullying and may be harassment or libel (i.e. a criminal act).
- When such comments exist online, we do not forward such emails, tweets, videos, etc. to other people/groups. This could be considered criminal behaviour.
How do we show common sense online?
- We think before we click.
- We think before we upload comments, photographs and videos.
- We think before we download or forward any materials.
- We think carefully about what information we share with others online, we check where it is saved and we check our privacy settings.
- We make sure we understand changes in any websites we use.
- We block harassing communications and report any abuse.
NOTE: Any actions online that impact on the school and can potentially lower the school’s (or someone in the school’s) reputation in some way or are deemed as being inappropriate will be responded to.
In the event that any member of staff, student or parent/carer is found to be posting libellous or inflammatory comments on Facebook or other social networking sites, this will be addressed by the school in the first instance. However, if necessary, the police may be involved and/or legal action pursued.
The whole school community is reminded of the CEOP report abuse process:
The School E-Safety Policy (Please see the full document in the attachment below for further information)
The Ascot Heath E-Safety Policy provides guidance on effective approaches to e-safety for Ascot Heath CE Junior School. It covers:
- Policies and guidance to enable Ascot Heath CE Junior School to support the e-safety of children and young people
- The responses necessary when a risk to a child or a young person is discovered
- Awareness-raising for children and young people so that they are able to keep themselves as safe as possible when using the internet and other digital technologies
This guidance can be used as a stand-alone document or it can be used to inform existing policies. It should also be read in conjunction with the Bracknell Forest Community Safety Partnership’s (CSP’s) e-safety Strategy and Action Plan (http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/esafety), the Berkshire Local Safeguarding Children Board Child Protection Procedures (http://proceduresonline.com/berks/) and the Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures (2011) (http://berksadultsg.proceduresonline.com/index.htm).
Definition: E-safety is defined as being safe from risks to personal safety and well-being when using all fixed and mobile devices that allow access to the internet as well as those that are used to communicate electronically. This includes personal computers, laptops, mobile phones and gaming consoles such as Xbox, Playstation and Wii.
Safeguarding against these risks is not just an ICT responsibility, it is everyone’s responsibility and needs to be considered as part of the overall arrangements in place that safeguard and promote the welfare of all members of the community, particularly those that are vulnerable.
Duty of Care by Organisations
As part of the Every Child Matters agenda set out by the Government (Education Act 2002 and the Children Act 2004) and the ‘No Secrets’ agenda, produced by the Government in 2000, it is the duty of organisations to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected from potential harm.
In order to do this, vulnerable individuals in our community and their parents/carers need to be involved in the safe use of on-line technologies. It is also important that adults who work with these vulnerable people are clear about safe practices so that they are safeguarded from misunderstanding or being involved in possible allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to create a 100% safe environment and it is the organisation’s responsibility to demonstrate that they have managed the risks and have done everything that they reasonably could in order to protect the children and young people they work with. Organisations require policies and procedures that are clear and easy to follow so that risks are minimised and any incidents that do occur can be dealt with quickly and effectively.
Children and young people also need to be ‘savvy’ about what they read, hear and see. In the same way that the quality of information received via radio, newspaper and television is variable, everyone needs to develop skills in selection and evaluation of internet-based information. Just because something is published in text or on-line does not make it fact. It is therefore important that any education programme links to activities to help pupils evaluate what is fact, what is fiction and what is opinion, and that children and young people consider whether something is plausible or biased.
In addition to accessing the internet in organisation settings, children, young people and vulnerable adults may access the internet and/or use other digital technologies in their own time at other locations. This is when they will be at greater risk if they have not been taught about how to use them safely and what the dangers are.