e-Safety Policy

We ensure that our children are able to use the Internet and related resources. Effective use of the Internet is an essential skill. We aim to create a safe ICT learning environment.

Why is Internet use important?

The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote experiences for the children, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management information and business administration systems.

• The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education and business.

• The school has a duty to provide children with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.

• Internet use is a part of the curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and children.

• The school Internet access will be designed expressly for children’s use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of our children.

• Children will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear boundaries for Internet use.

• Children will be taught how to use the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location and retrieval.

Internet access

At Foundation Stage, children will have access to the internet through websites accessed by staff and will be monitored closely to make sure they do not access any other sites. At Key Stage 1, access to the Internet is by adult demonstration with directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.

Every classroom will display the Aspire e-Safety vision statement (see link below), stating 10 tips for safe internet use. Teachers will regularly refer to this information and ensure children understand our policies and procedures for keeping them safe.
During assemblies, children will be shown e-Safety tips and will be advised of the dangers they could face in an age appropriate manner.

Risk Assessment

Some material available via the Internet is unsuitable for children. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material. All web access in school is screened by South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). However, due to the scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. The school cannot accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access. The school works in partnership with the Local Authority (LA), to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved.
Particular care must be taken when using search engines with the children as these can return undesirable links.

Using email and social networking sites
Due to the age of the children in our school it is not appropriate for them to use email or social networking sites. Therefore the children will not be using these at school.

School Website

Parent permission will be obtained before photographs will be placed on the school website. Names will not be published alongside these photographs. This permission is granted in the form of written permission when children begin at the school. 

Parents and e-Safety

Parents and carers attention will be drawn to the School e-Safety Policy through the school Web site. There will also be safety information brochures provided by the LA or CEOP (The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) and these will be sent home by satchel mail or are available from the office. Parent awareness sessions are also available, both during the school day and after school- please contact the school for details of courses.

At home, parents must be aware of the need for them to monitor and question that their child is safe on the Internet.