E-Safety

E-Safety at Haughton School

Introduction 

The resources used by children at Haughton School are usually carefully chosen by the teacher and determined by curriculum policies.  Use of the Internet, by its very nature, will occasionally provide access to information which has not been selected by the teacher.  Within the School and our wider community, there is genuine cause for concern that children may access unsuitable material either accidentally or deliberately. 

The purpose of this document is to provide a basis for us all to secure safety online.  Its content has been devised in accordance with national guidance from BECTA and 3 key documents “E-Safety: Developing whole-school policies to support effective practice, Safeguarding children in a digital world and Signposts to Safety.   It should be considered alongside complementary school policies on Child Protection, Health and Safety and Behaviour (including the Anti-bullying policy).   Under the “Every Child Matters” framework, the implementation of this policy seeks to ensure that children stay safe, and that they “be protected from harm and neglect and grow up able to look after themselves.” 

The Internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools that open up new opportunities for everyone.  We believe that the benefits to children from access to the resources of the Internet, far exceed the disadvantages.  Ultimately, the responsibility for setting and conveying the standards that children are expected to follow, when using media and information resources, is one the School shares with parents and guardians.  We feel that the best recipe for success lies in a combination of site-filtering, of supervision and by fostering a responsible attitude in our children  in partnership with parents. 

You can view our ESafety Policy here.

Using the Internet for Education 

The benefits include:

  • ·         access to a wide variety of educational resources including libraries, art galleries and museums, that can stimulate discussion and promote creativity
  • ·         rapid and cost effective world-wide communication
  • ·         gaining an understanding of people and cultures around the globe
  • ·         staff professional development through access to new curriculum materials 

At Haughton School, we teach children  about the vast information resources available on the Internet, using it as a planned aspect of many lessons.  All staff will review and evaluate resources available on web sites appropriate to the age range and ability of the children being taught and the ICT Technician  will assist in the dissemination of this information. 

Initially the children may be restricted to sites that have been reviewed and selected for content.  They may be given tasks to perform using a specific group of web sites.  Children may have the opportunity to exchange information with others via email. 

As children gain experience, they will be taught how to use searching techniques to locate specific information for themselves.  Comparisons will be made between researching from different sources of information such as CD Roms, books and the World Wide Web.  We hope that children will learn to decide when it is appropriate to use the Internet as opposed to other sources of information, in terms of: the time taken; the amount of information found; the usefulness and reliability of information located. 

At times information, including photographs and images, may be downloaded from the Internet for use in the children’s presentations. However, Haughton School specifically discourages the downloading of text for inclusion in children’s work.  As well as encouraging children to create original work and avoid plagiarism (a serious academic offence), Haughton School considers it appropriate to emphasise the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and, in particular, copyright. Children will be made aware of these issues and, as soon as they are able, will be encouraged to look for copyright information on websites, so reinforcing their understanding of the importance of copyright. 

Children’s access to the Internet 

Haughton School will use Telford & Wrekin Council’s actively monitored and ‘filtered’ Internet Service, which will minimise the chances of children encountering undesirable material.  No child is able to use a mobile phone during school hours/trips and so internet access should only occur via the school networks.  Members of staff will be aware of the potential for misuse, and will be responsible for explaining to children, on a regular basis, the expectation we have of them.  Staff will have access to children’s  workspaces, and will make periodic checks on these on a regular basis to ensure expectations of behaviour are being met. 

Expectations for Internet use 

  • ·         We expect everyone to be responsible for their own behaviour on the Internet, just as they are anywhere else in the School. 
  • ·         Children must always ask permission before using the Internet and have a clear idea why they are using it.
  • ·         Children and staff will never reveal personal details, home addresses and telephone numbers on the web or in dialogue with other Internet users.
  • ·         Children are only permitted to use school accounts for email.  All email will be moderated and monitored by the class teacher.  The use of unfiltered web-based email (such as Hotmail) is not permitted.
  • ·         Children will not engage in any form of conversation or dialogue with other users on the Internet without permission and supervision from their teacher.  This may only occur within privately created chat rooms with closely guarded passwords.
  • ·         The use of public chat rooms and Internet Messaging Services is prohibited.
  • ·         The use of social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook are not generally appropriate to education and the use of the Internet for such purposes is not currently permitted.
  • ·         Computers should only be used for classwork and homework.
  • ·         Files may only be downloaded by staff, or children under supervision.
  • ·         Children using the Internet are expected not to deliberately seek out offensive materials.  Should any such material be encountered accidentally, or if any child finds themselves uncomfortable or upset by anything they discover on the Internet, they will turn off the monitor immediately and report it immediately to the supervising adult.  (Any adult should report it to the Lead Teacher immediately.  Arrangements can then be made to request that Telford & Wrekin Council blocks the site). 

Children should generally only access the network using their own personal login.  No network user should access other people’s files unless permission has been given. 

Any infringement of these conditions of use will be dealt with by the class teacher/Lead Teacher as appropriate and sanctions may apply.  Parents will be informed. 

School Web Site Guidelines 

A web site can celebrate good work, promote the School, publish resources for projects and homework, and link to other good sites of interest. However, to protect our children, the following guidelines will be adhered to: 

  • ·         Children are only referred to by first names on our school website
  • ·         Individual images of children will not be used unless permission is granted from parents
  • ·         Group photographs will not contain a names list
  • ·         We will only use images of children in suitable dress
  • ·         Home information and e-mail identities will not be included – only the point of contact to the School, i.e., telephone number, School address and e-mail to the School  office
  • ·         Work displayed will be of the highest quality and reflect the status and ethos of the School. 

Parents who would prefer that their children do not appear on our School website, for whatever reason, are asked to inform the Lead Teacher in writing.  An up-to-date list of such children is kept in the school office and referred to before new pages are added.  If, at any time, a parent expresses concern about usage of an image or piece of work, it will be removed from our site as quickly as possible. 

Information and further guidance for parents: 

We have done all that is possible to ensure children are protected through the use of a filtered service and a requirement that an adult always supervises Internet access.  Our children are taught to use the facility sensibly – the rules concerning Internet use are regularly discussed in class and we welcome your endorsement of these.  We strongly recommended that parents consider and develop a similar set of rules for the use of the Internet outside of the School.  You might also like to discuss as a family the issues surrounding the downloading of music, mobile phones, social networking sites, and the use of blogs, within the home environment. 

We have produced an E-Online Safety document for parents which you can view here.

You may find the “Know IT all” CD and the following websites extremely useful to help ensure that children stay safe. 

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working to help make the Internet a great and safe place for young people.  These sites are all created by this organisation 

http://www.childnetint.org             http://www.kidsmart.org.uk               http://www.chatdanger.com 

You can find downloadable safety leaflets here:

http://www.childnet-int.org/downloads/parents-leaflet.pdf

http://www.childnet-int.org/downloads/musicLeaflet.pdf

http://www.childnet-int.org/downloads/ICRA-Bill-of-Rights.pdf

http://www.childnet-int.org/downloads/a2poster.pdf 

Other useful sites include: 

Safe Kids                     http://www.safekids.com         

Cyber Patrol                 http://www.cyberpatrol.co.uk

Net Nanny                    http://www.netnanny.com        

CBBC                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/stay-safe (aimed at KS1)

Bullying Online             http://www.bullying.co.uk

Think U Know               http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

(including Hector’s WorldTM)