1. Teaching and Learning
2. Managing Internet Access
3. Policy Decisions
4. Communications Policy
Teaching and Learning
1.1 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 recognises its 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.
1.2 Internet use enhances learning
• The school Internet access is designed expressly for pupil use and includes filtering appropriate to the age of pupils.
• Pupils are taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and are given clear objectives for Internet use.
• Pupils are educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.
• Pupils are shown how to publish and present information to a wider audience.
1.3 Pupils are taught how to evaluate Internet content
• The school ensures that the use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.
• Pupils are taught the importance of cross-checking information before accepting its accuracy.
• Pupils are taught how to report unpleasant Internet content e.g. using the CEOP Report Abuse icon or Hector Protector.
Managing Internet Access
2.1 Information system security
• School ICT systems security are reviewed regularly.
• Virus protection is updated regularly.
• USB memory sticks may not be brought into school without specific permission and a virus check.
• Security strategies are discussed with the Local Authority.
Internet communication is essential. Because of the simplicity and low cost of e-mail, care needs to be taken that the consequences to the school and the pupil of messages are appreciated. A major question is whether the responsibility for self-regulation should be delegated to individual pupils. Once available, it is difficult to control the content of e-mail without compromising privacy. E-mail can be scanned by the ISP as part of the delivery process, but this tends to be for virus reasons only. Pupils need to be aware that the school reserves the right to check and monitor files on their work areas of the server and mail as it is sent and received if there is evidence to make this necessary.
• Pupils are expected to use e-mail as part of the curriculum and are given individual e-mail accounts.
• Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system that have been provided by the Durham Learning Gateway.
• Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive e-mail.
• In e-mail communication, pupils must not reveal their personal details or those of others, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
• Incoming e-mail should be treated as suspicious and attachments not opened unless the author is known.
• The school considers how e-mail from pupils to external bodies is presented and controlled.
• The completion of order forms or questionnaires on behalf of others on the Internet is not allowed.
• Pupils send or receive e-mails only as part of lessons unless specifically authorised.
• Incoming e-mail is regarded as public.
• The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted.
2.3 Published content and the school web site
At Blue Coat we recognise that the web site can celebrate good work, promote the school and publish resources for projects or homework. Ground rules are important to ensure that the web site reflects the school's ethos, that information is accurate and that pupils are protected. As the school's web site can be accessed by anyone on the Internet, the security of staff and pupils must be maintained.
• Staff or pupil personal contact information is not published. The contact details given online are the school office.
• The website complies with the school’s guidelines for publications.
• All material must be the author’s own work, credit other work included and state clearly the author’s identity or status.
• The Headteacher takes overall editorial responsibility and ensures that content is accurate and appropriate.
2.4 Publishing pupil’s images and work
• Children’s work and pictures are uploaded and displayed only for the use of the pupils of Blue Coat Junior School via the school’s portal of the Durham Learning Gateway.
• Photographs that include pupils are selected carefully so that their image cannot be misused and where possible group photos are used.
• Written permission from parents or carers is obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school web site.
• Pupils full names are not be used anywhere on the school web site or other on-line space, particularly in association with photographs.
• Work is only published with the permission of the pupil and parents/carers.
• Pupil image file names do not refer to the pupil by name.
• Parents are clearly informed of the school policy on image taking and publishing, both on school and independent electronic repositories.
• Parents are given the opportunity to refuse having their child(ren)’s photos uploaded onto the DLG or Web site when they commence Blue Coat. They are asked to complete a specific photography permission form.
2.5 Social networking and personal publishing
• The school controls access to social networking sites, and considers how to educate pupils in their safe use.
• Newsgroups are blocked unless a specific use is approved.
• Pupils are advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them, their friends or their location.
• Ideally pupils only use moderated social networking sites, e.g. Chatterbox.
• Pupils and parents are advised that the use of social network spaces outside school brings a range of dangers for primary aged pupils.
• Pupils are advised to use nicknames and avatars when using social networking sites.
2.6 Managing filtering
• The school works with Durham County Council, ITSS and Becta to ensure systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved.
• If staff or pupils come across unsuitable on-line materials, the site must be reported to the E-Safety Coordinator.
•Senior staff ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.
2.7 Managing videoconferencing & webcam use
• Videoconferencing uses the educational broadband network to ensure quality of service and security.
• Pupils must ask permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a videoconference call.
• Videoconferencing and webcam use is appropriately supervised for the pupils’ age.
2.8 Managing emerging technologies
• Emerging technologies are examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment is carried out before use in school is allowed.
• The senior leadership team notes that technologies such as mobile phones with wireless Internet access can bypass school filtering systems and present a new route to undesirable material and communications.
• Mobile phones are not used during lessons or formal school time.
• Pupils must bring all electronic devices to be stored in the office safe during school hours.
• The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages or files by Bluetooth or any other means is forbidden.
• Children are advised on the use of emerging technologies and how to keep themselves safe.
• Games machines including the Nintendo DS, Playstation portable and others have Internet access which may not include filtering. Pupils are discouraged from bringing such items to school.
• The appropriate use of the Durham Learning Gateway is discussed with the pupils by the ICT Co-ordinator as the technology develops within the school.
2.9 Protecting personal data
Personal data is recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.
3.1 Authorising Internet access
• All staff are made aware of this policy and the school’s ICT Policy before using any school ICT resource.
• The school maintains a current record of all staff and pupils who are granted access to school ICT networks and DLG.
• Access to the Internet is by adult demonstration with directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.
• Parents are asked to sign and return a consent form.
• Any person not directly employed by the school, e.g. volunteers, are monitored closely when accessing the internet from the school site.
3.2 Assessing risks
• The school takes 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 Durham County Council can accept liability for any material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.
• The school regularly audits ICT use to establish if the E-Safety Policy is adequate and that the implementation of the E-Safety Policy is appropriate and effective.
3.3 Handling E-Safety complaints
• Complaints of Internet misuse will be dealt with by a senior member of staff.
• Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the Headteacher.
• Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with school child protection procedures by filling in a red form.
• Pupils and parents are informed of the complaints procedure (see schools complaints policy).
• Pupils and parents are informed of consequences for pupils misusing the Internet.
• Discussions will be held with the LA Safeguarding Children Team and Community Police Officers in order to correctly respond to potentially illegal issues.
4.1 Introducing the E-Safety Policy to pupils
• Safety rules are posted in all rooms where computers are used and discussed with pupils regularly.
• Pupils are informed that network, DLG and Internet use is monitored and appropriately followed up.
• A programme of training in E-Safety is being developed, possibly based on the materials from CEOP.
• E-Safety training is embedded within the ICT scheme of work.
4.2 Staff and the E-Safety Policy
• All staff are given access to the School E-Safety Policy via the DLG and its importance explained.
• Staff are informed that network and Internet traffic can be monitored and traced to the individual user.
• Staff that manage filtering systems or monitor ICT use are supervised by senior management and work to clear procedures for reporting issues.
• Staff always use a child friendly safe search engine when accessing the web with pupils.
4.3 Enlisting parents’ and carers’ support
• Parents and carers attention will be drawn to the School E-Safety Policy in newsletters, the school brochure and on the school web site.
• The school will maintain a list of E-Safety resources for parents/carers.
• The school will ask all parents to sign the parent /pupil agreement when their child commences school.
Appendix 1: Internet use - Possible teaching and learning activities
Key e-safety issues
|Creating web directories to provide
easy access to suitable websites.
|Parental consent should be sought.
Pupils should be supervised.
Pupils should be directed to specific, approved on-line materials.
e.g. Ikeep bookmarks Webquest UK
|Using search engines to access information from a range of websites.||Filtering must be active and checked frequently. Parental consent should be sought. Pupils should be supervised. Pupils should be taught what internet use is acceptable and what to do if they access material they are uncomfortable with||Web quests e.g. Ask Jeeves for kids Yahooligans CBBC Search Kidsclick|
|Exchanging information with other pupils and asking questions of experts via e-mail or blogs.||Pupils should only use approved e-mail accounts or blogs. Pupils should never give out personal information. Consider using systems that provide online moderation e.g. SuperClubs Plus.||LA “frog mail” SuperClubs Plus School Net Global Kids Safe Mail DLG Cluster Microsite blogs|
|Publishing pupil's work on school and other websites.||Pupil and parental consent should be sought prior to publication. Pupil's full names and other personal information should be omitted. Pupil's work should only be published on moderated sites and by the school administrator.||Making the News SuperClubs Plus Headline History DLG Cluster Microsites National Education Network Gallery|
|Publishing images including photographs of pupils.||Parental consent for publication of photographs should be sought. Photographs should not enable individual pupils to be identified. File names should not refer to the pupil by name. Staff must ensure that published images do not breach copyright laws.||Making the News SuperClubs Plus Learninggrids Museum sites, etc. Digital Storytelling BBC – Primary Art Cluster Microsites National Education Network Gallery|
|Communicating ideas within chat rooms or online forums.||Only chat rooms dedicated to educational use and that are moderated should be used. Access to other social networking sites should be blocked. Pupils should never give out personal information||Chatterbox FlashMeeting|
|Audio and video conferencing to gather information and share pupil's work.||Pupils should be supervised. Schools should only use applications that are managed by Local Authorities and approved Educational Suppliers.||FlashMeeting National Archives “On-Line” Global Leap JANET Videoconferencing Advisory Service (JVCS) .|
Appendix 2: Useful resources for teachers
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Kent e-Safety Policy and Guidance, Posters etc
Kent Police – e-Safety
Think U Know
Safer Children in the Digital World
Appendix 3: Useful resources for parents
Childnet International "Know It All" CD
Family Online Safe Institute
Kent leaflet for parents: Children, ICT & e-Safety
Internet Safety Zone