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Hankham Primary School

E-Safety Policy

 

What is e-Safety?

E-Safety in the school environment concerns the protection of users of all connectable technology, particularly pupils, especially when using the internet, email and mobile communication technology. Whilst it is concerned in a large part with the safe use of electronic equipment, it is primarily an issue of Child Protection and, as such, is recognised as an essential aspect of the curriculum in this school and the Head Teacher and Coordinator with the support of Governors, aim to embed safe practices into the culture of the school. The Head Teacher ensures that the Policy is implemented and that compliance with the Policy is monitored. The responsibility for e-Safety has been designated to the e-Safety Co-ordinator (in this case, the

school's ICT subject leader).

 

 

E-Safety at Hankham

Our e-Safety Co-ordinator keeps up to date with e-Safety issues and guidance through liaison with the Local Authority (LA) and through organisations such as The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). The school's e-Safety Co-ordinator ensures that senior management, staff, parents and Governors are updated as necessary. Governors need to have an overview understanding of e-Safety issues and strategies at our school. We ensure our governors are aware of our local and national guidance on e-Safety and are updated on policy developments.

All teachers are responsible for promoting and supporting safe behaviours in their classrooms and following school e-Safety procedures. Central to this is fostering a 'No Blame' culture so pupils feel able to report any bullying, abuse or inappropriate materials. Pupils are encouraged to develop their own levels of responsibility towards e-Safety.

 

 ICT and e-Safety

ICT in the 21st Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of pupils and adults. New technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information. Current and emerging technologies used in school and, more importantly in many cases, outside of school by pupils may include (but not necessarily be limited to):

The Internet

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e-mail messaging

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Mobile phones with text messaging, camera and video functionality or 'Smart phones' with e-mail, web functionality and

'Office' applications

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Social networking and Chat Rooms e.g., Club Penguin, Facebook, Bebo,Twitter

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Instant messaging, often using simple web cams

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Schools' Learning platforms

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Blogs (an on-line interactive diary)

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Podcasting (radio/audio broadcasts downloaded to computer or MP3/4 player)

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Video broadcasting sites e.g., YouTube

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Gaming Sites

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Music download sites

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Mobile technology (e.g., games consoles) that are 'Internet-ready'

 

Thus, e-Safety is a demonstrably necessary ethos to adopt across all practice that involves computing in one way or another. Creating a safe computing learning environment includes three main elements at our school:

 

 Ensuring there is an appropriate range of technological tools

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Instituting policies and procedures, with clear roles and responsibilities

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Delivering a comprehensive e-Safety education programme for pupils, with staff and parents kept fully informed about Internet e-Safety and the Acceptable Use of the school's and pupils' own ICT equipment.

 

Technologies - the physical environment

Technological provision in school will be implemented with e-Safety in mind. This includes (though is not limited to): Computer hardware will be 'locked down' by the use of appropriate software, enabling admin staff, teaching staff and pupils to logon with the appropriate level of access

Wireless networking is encrypted to a minimum WPA-2 standard and there is a requirement for each access point to be limited to connecting with authorised devices only

 

Internet filtering

 

A protocol for password strength is in place and users are required to change passwords at set intervals

 

Users are required to use only their own logon

 

Data security

 

 Data stored on school ICT equipment is subject to strict security measures. A firewall is maintained on the school's behalf to prevent breaches of security from outside the school's network, whilst also restricting access to a maintained and updated list of external sites and services. Users in school are required to use secure USB keys for the transfer of data, with

restrictions on what data is appropriate to transfer. Virus protection is installed on all school computers and staff will be responsible for checking any files brought in from outside school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceptable Use

 

The school maintains Acceptable Use Policies for staff, pupils, visitors and volunteers covering:

 

safe use of e-mail

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safe use of the Internet

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safe use of school network, equipment and data

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safe use of digital images and digital technologies, such as mobile phones and digital cameras

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cyber bullying procedures

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the role of school staff in providing e-Safety education for pupils

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the handling of e-Safety incidents (see below and Appendix V)

 

Staff, visitors and volunteers are required to sign an Acceptable Use Policy (see Appendix I & IV) governing their use of equipment (in particular the school's equipment) in and out of school. They are updated about e-Safety matters at least once a year. Staff members are given opportunities to discuss the issues and develop appropriate teaching strategies. Staff training in safe and responsible Internet use and on the school e-Safety Policy is provided as required.

 

 Many pupils are very familiar with the culture of new technologies, but their perceptions of the risks may not be mature; our rules for e-Safety need to be explained and discussed. e-Safety is a part of every subject since computing is used across the curriculum.

An e-Safety module is included in the Schemes of Work covering both school and home use. We include e-Safety in the curriculum to ensure that, by the end of Key Stage 1, every child has been educated about safe and responsible use. Pupils need to know how to control and minimise online risks and how to report a problem.

 

 We ensure that we engage with parents over e-Safety matters. Parents/carers and pupils sign and return a Home/School agreement (see Appendix II) governing acceptable use of school computing resources. Pupils will be made aware of 'SMART' rules in the classroom, governing their use of ICT resources (see Appendix III), structured appropriately to match their understanding. Unless parents are aware of the dangers, pupils may have unrestricted access to the Internet at home.

 

 

How e-Safety incidents will be handled

 

 The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure e-Safety. However, owing to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, the availability of mobile technologies and speed of change, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer or mobile device. Neither the school nor the Local Authority can accept

liability for material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access. Staff and pupils are given information about infringements in use and possible sanctions for deliberate misuse of ICT

 

 

resources. Sanctions may include (though not be limited to):

 

interview/counselling by teacher, Head Teacher or e-Safety Co-ordinator

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informing parents or carers

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removal of Internet or computer access for a period

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referral to Local Authority and/or Police

 

Our e-Safety Co-ordinator acts as first point of contact for any incident. Incidents where cyberbullying has occurred are dealt with in accordance with our Anti-Bullying Policy. Complaints related to Child Protection are dealt with in accordance with school/LA Child Protection procedures.

 

 See Appendix V for a more detailed breakdown of how incidents will be handled.

 

 Teaching and Learning

 

Pupils are taught, via the 'Think U Know' scheme, what personal information is safe and unsafe to share with others. This also includes what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and they are given clear objectives for Internet use. The school's Internet access is designed expressly for pupils' use and includes filtering appropriate to the age of the pupils. They are taught how to recognise when an e-Safety incident has occurred and how to report it. Pupils sign an acceptable use agreement which sets out rules for e-Safety. These rules are posted in all rooms where computers are used and discussed with pupils regularly.

Via their Acceptable Use Policy, teaching staff know how to take into account that material used for teaching and learning is subject to e-Safety considerations. They monitor pupils' use of equipment in their classrooms and deliver the 'Think U Know' unit of work in Key Stage 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

APPENDIX I

 

 

 

 

ICT Acceptable Use Policy and declaration (staff)

 

 

The school provides ICT equipment for use by staff, offering access to a vast amount of information for use in professional activities, acting like an extension to the school's own resources and offering great potential to support the curriculum. The equipment is provided and maintained

for the benefit of all staff, and you are encouraged to use and enjoy these resources, and help to ensure they remain available to all. Access is a privilege - wrongful use may result in that privilege being withdrawn.

The following are considered Acceptable Use on and off school premises:

 

EQUIPMENT

 

ICT assets should not be used by anyone other than school staff and visitors or volunteers authorised by the school's Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

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Always get permission before installing or storing programs of any type on the computers

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Damaging, disabling, or otherwise harming the operation of computers, or intentionally wasting resources puts your work at risk, and will cut short your time with the ICT equipment

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Computers and mobile devices are to be used for educational and professional purposes only (during the school day). Activities such as buying or selling goods, Social Networking or any other personal uses are inappropriate

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Always check files brought in on removable media (such as floppy disks, CDs, flash drives etc.) with antivirus software and only use them if they are found to be clean of viruses

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Always check mobile equipment (e.g. laptops, tablet PCs, PDAs etc.) with antivirus software and ensure they have been found to be clean of viruses before connecting them to the network

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If school ICT equipment is used on WiFi networks other than the school's own, the networks must be securely encrypted

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Protect computers from spillages by eating or drinking well away from the ICT equipment

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Connect any mobile equipment, particularly laptops, to the network at least once weekly in order to update virus protection software and run critical system updates (this is an automatic process that occurs at logon)

 

SECURITY AND PRIVACY

 

.Protect your work, and other school data, by keeping your password confidential; never use someone else's logon name or password, nor allow someone to use yours

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Passwords should maintain a minimum security level, containing at least 8 characters, utilising both upper and lower case letters, numerals and, where possible, symbols

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To transfer files between devices or locations, use a secure, password-protected, USB storage medium

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Other computer users should be respected and should not be harassed, harmed, offended or insulted

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To protect yourself and the systems, you should respect the security on the computers; attempting to bypass or alter the settings may put you, your work or other secure data at risk

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Files stored on any devices or on the network, even if in private folders or network drives, will be subject to review by ICT staff to ensure that you are using the system responsibly

 

 

INTERNET, LEARNING PLATFORM AND E-MAIL

 

You should access the Internet and Learning Platform only for professionally-based activities

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Access only suitable material; using the Internet to obtain, download, send, print, display or otherwise transmit or gain access to materials which are unlawful, obscene or abusive is not permitted

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Respect the work and ownership rights of people outside the school, as well as other students or staff. This includes abiding by copyright laws

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When sending e-mails, the same professional levels of language and content as used for letters or other media should be applied, particularly when forwarding e-mails. Sending or forwarding chain letters is forbidden

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If you receive an e-mail containing material of a violent, dangerous, racist, or inappropriate content, always report such messages to the ICT e-Safety Co-ordinator or a member of the SLT. The sending or receiving of an e-mail containing content likely to be unsuitable for schools is strictly forbidden

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Only open attachments to e-mails if they come from someone you already know and trust. Attachments can contain viruses or other programs that could destroy files and software on your computer

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In all online communications, be polite and appreciate that other users might have different views from your own. The use of strong language, swearing or aggressive behaviour is as anti-social on the Internet as it is in public

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Social Networking activities are considered inappropriate use of time and may risk compromising professional standards.

Conversations which should be on a professional level should take place on school premises, face to face or by telephone. For these reasons, Social Networking sites are to be avoided in school time and when using any school ICT equipment. When using Social Networking sites, blogs or a personal website outside of school time, staff must not publish photographs of pupils, mention the school by name, or enable parents or pupils to access comments or photographs of themselves that could be considered professionally compromising. Comments about any aspect of school life must remain professional in nature

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Use of ICT resources for financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising, including use of auction sites, is forbidden. Please read this document carefully. If you violate these provisions, access to ICT resources will be likely to be denied and you may be subject to disciplinary action. Additional action may be taken by the school in line with existing policy regarding staff behaviour. Where appropriate, the Police may be involved or other legal action taken.

 

 

 

DECLARATION

 

 

 

I have read and I understand the above and agree to use the school's ICT resources within these guidelines.

 

 

 

 

 

Signature:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

 

Date:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICT e-Safety Home/School Agreement

 

 

All pupils use computer facilities including Internet access as an essential part of learning, as required by the National Curriculum. Both pupils and their parents or carers are asked to sign to show that the e-Safety Rules have been understood.

 

 Pupil's name:

 

 Class:

 

 Pupil's Agreement

 

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I know about and I understand the school e-Safety Rules

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I will use the school's ICT resources in a sensible way at all times

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I know that my use of the school's ICT resources can be seen by an adult

 

 Signed:

 

(Pupil)

 

(If your child is not yet able to sign their name, you may sign on their behalf)

Date:

 

 

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Parent's Consent for Web Publication of Work and Photographs/Video

 

I agree that my son/daughter's work may be electronically published

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I also agree that appropriate images and video that include my son/daughter may be published on

the school's website subject to the school's Use of Image Policy

 

Signed:

 

(Parent/Guardian)

 

Date:

 

 Parent's Consent for Internet Access

 

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I have read and understood the school e-Safety rules for my child to access the Internet in school

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I understand that the school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that pupils cannot

access inappropriate materials but I accept that it is impossible to guarantee this

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I understand that the school and Local Authority cannot be held responsible for the content of

materials accessed through the Internet

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I agree that the school and Local Authority are not liable for any damages arising from use of the

Internet facilities

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My child knows about and understands the Pupil's Agreement

 

Signed:

 

(Parent/Guardian)

 

Date:

 

Please print name:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Appendix III

 

Hankham Primary school

E-Safety Rules

 

 

These rules help us to stay safe when using the computers

 

 I agree that:

 

On all the computers and internet I will use the correct

username and password to log in

 

I will leave other people's work and files alone

 

I will only use the internet when an adult is in class with me, and I will ask permission before entering any website, unless my teacher has already told me that site is allowed

 

If I see anything I am unhappy with or feel uncomfortable about something I see, I will tell a teacher immediately

 

 

I will only send polite, sensible messages a responsible adult has checked and will never share personal information or arrange to meet someone

 

I understand that if I deliberately break these rules I will be stopped from using the internet and will be spoken to by my teacher or the head Teacher

 

 

Appendix IV

 

 

 

 

 

ICT Acceptable Use Policy and declaration (visitors & volunteers)

 

 

 

The school provides Computing equipment for use by pupils, staff and visitors, offering great potential to support the curriculum. The equipment is provided and maintained for the benefit of everyone, and you are encouraged to use and enjoy these resources, and help to ensure they remain available to all. Wrongful use may result in access being withdrawn.

The following are considered Acceptable Use on school premises:

 

EQUIPMENT

 

School ICT assets should not be used by anyone other than school staff, pupils and permitted visitors

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Always get permission before installing or storing programs of any type on the computers

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Computers and mobile devices are to be used for educational and professional purposes only. Activities such as buying or selling goods, social networking or any other personal uses are inappropriate

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Files brought in on removable media (such as floppy disks, CDs, flash drives etc.) must not be transferred to school equipment without permission from school management and the ICT subject leader

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No equipment, other than the school's own, must be used on the school's WiFi network

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Protect computers from spillages by eating or drinking well away from the ICT equipment

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Intentionally damaging, disabling, or otherwise harming the operation of computers will result in access being

denied

 

SECURITY AND PRIVACY

 

Protect pupils' work, and other school data, by keeping any logon password your are given confidential; never use someone else's logon name or password, nor allow someone to use the one you are given

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To protect yourself and the systems, you should respect the security on the computers; attempting to bypass or alter the settings may put you, any work or other secure data at risk

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Files stored on any devices or on the network, even if in private folders or network drives, will be subject to review by ICT staff to ensure that all users are using the system responsibly

 

INTERNET, LEARNING PLATFORM AND E-MAIL

 

You should access the Internet  only for activities as directed by school staff

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Access only suitable material; using the Internet to obtain, download, send, print, display or otherwise transmit or gain access to materials which are unlawful, obscene or abusive is strictly forbidden

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Respect the work and ownership rights of people outside the school, as well as other students or staff. This includes abiding by copyright laws

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Sending or using e-mail or using other messaging systems is only permitted when authorised by the school

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If you receive an e-mail or other message containing material of a violent, dangerous, racist, or inappropriate content, always report such messages to the ICT e-Safety co-ordinator or a member of the school staff.

The sending or receiving of an e-mail containing content likely to be unsuitable for schools is strictly forbidden

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Attachments to e-mails may only be opened if you have permission from the school's e-Safety Co-ordinator (Mrs Lisa Simpemba)

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In all online communications using school equipment, be polite and respectful - the use of strong language, swearing or aggressive behaviour is as anti-social on the Internet as it is in public

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Social Networking activities are considered inappropriate use of time and may risk compromising the school's professional standards and thus use of Social Networking sites is not permitted when using any school ICT equipment

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Use of ICT equipment for financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising, including use of auction sites, is forbidden

Please read this document carefully. If you violate these provisions, access to ICT resources will be

likely to be denied. Additional action may be taken by the school and, where appropriate, the Police may be involved or other legal action taken.

DECLARATION

I have read and I understand the above and agree to use the school's ICT resources within these guidelines.

Signature:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

 

Date: