Weston Heights Infant School embraces the positive impact and educational benefits that can be achieved through appropriate use of the Internet and associated communications technologies. We are also aware that inappropriate or misguided use can expose both adults and young people to unacceptable risks and dangers. Weston Heights Infant School aims to provide a safe and secure environment which not only protects all people on the premises but also educates them on how to stay safe in the wider world.
This policy and related documents apply at all times to fixed and mobile technologies owned and supplied by the school and to personal devices owned by adults and young people while on the school premises.
Acceptable use of the Internet Policy
Foundation Stage Policy
Effective communication across the school community is key to achieving the school vision for safe and responsible citizens. To achieve this we will:
- Make this policy and related documents, available on the school website
- Introduce this policy and related documents, to all stakeholders at appropriate times. This will be at least once a year or whenever it is updated
- Post relevant e-safety information in all areas where computers are used
- Provide e-safety information to parents via the website and when necessary through newsletters at the beginning of each term
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Headteacher and Governors have ultimate responsibility for establishing safe practice and managing e-safety issues at our school. The role of the E-Safety Co-ordinator has been allocated to Matthew Latos, ICT Lead. He is the central point of contact for all E-Safety issues and will be responsible for day to day management.
All members of the school community have certain core responsibilities within and outside the school environment. They should:
- Use technology responsibly
- Accept responsibility for their use of technology
- Model best practice when using technology
- Report any incidents to the E-safety Co-ordinator using the school procedures
- Understand that network activity and online communications can be monitored, including any personal and private communications made via the school network
- Be aware that in certain circumstances where unacceptable use is suspected, enhanced monitoring and procedures may come into action.
The school endeavours to provide a safe environment for the whole community and we review both physical and network security regularly and monitor who has access to the system consulting Evolve Technologies where appropriate.
- Anti-virus software is installed on all computers and updated regularly
- Central filtering is provided by RM. All staff and students understand that if an inappropriate site is discovered it must be reported to the E-Safety Co-ordinator who will report it to the Headteacher. All incidents will be recorded in the safeguarding log.
- Requests for changes to the filtering will be directed to the E-safety Co-ordinator in the first instance who will forward these to the Head and then the ICT Technician
- All staff are issued with their own username and password for network access. Trainee teachers and long term supply staff are issued with temporary ID’s and the details recorded. Other students/visitors will be issued with a temporary username/password on request.
- Teaching staff at the school are provided with a laptop and have use of IPads for educational use and their own professional development. All staff understand that the Acceptable Use Policy applies to this equipment at all times.
- School staff should not use mobile phones to take photographs of pupils
- To ensure the security of the school systems, personal equipment is currently not permitted to be connected to the school network. Staff understand that mobile phones are not used in school hours.
- The Educations and Inspections Act 2006 grants the Head the legal power to confiscate
mobile devices where there is reasonable suspicion of misuse and the Head will exercise this right at her discretion.
- Pictures/videos of staff and pupils should not be taken on personal devices unless authorised by the Headteacher.
- New technologies are evaluated and risk assessed for their educational benefits before they are introduced to the school community.
The school e-mail system is provided and filtered by RM and monitored by the ICT technician. Use of email is monitored by class teachers.
All staff are given a school e-mail address and understand that this must be used for all professional communication.
- Everyone in the school community understands that the e-mail system is monitored and should not be considered private communication.
- Staff are restricted with use of personal e-mail accounts on the school system in directed time and understand that any messages sent using the school equipment should be in line with the Acceptable Use policy. In addition, they also understand that these messages will be scanned by the monitoring software.
- Everyone in the school community understands that any inappropriate e-mails must be reported to the Headteacher as soon as possible
The Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher takes responsibility for content published to the school website but delegates general editorial responsibility to Evolve Technologies. Staff are responsible for the editorial control of work provided for publication.
- The school will hold the copyright for any material published on the school website or will obtain permission from the copyright holder prior to publishing with appropriate attribution.
- The school encourages the use of e-mail to contact the school via the school office.
- The school does not publish any contact details for the pupils from parents.
We respect the privacy of the school community and will obtain written permission from staff, parents, carers or pupils before any images or video are published or distributed outside the school.
- Photography published on the website will not identify any individual pupil by their full name
- Students full names will not be published outside the school environment
SOCIAL NETWORKING AND ONLINE COMMUNICATION
The school allows limited access to YOUTUBE and email for educational purposes but not for personal use.
The school follows guidance from LA Social Networking Policy
Guidance is provided to the school community on how to use online communication safely and appropriately. This includes:
- Being selective about publishing personal information
- Not publishing information relating to the school community
- How to report issues or inappropriate content
Un-moderated chat sites present an unacceptable level of risk and are blocked in school. Pupils are given age appropriate advice and guidance around the use of such sites as the need arises.
Any external matters evolving from a social networking site will not be supported by the school. The Parent Code of Conduct (social networking) is signed annually by all parents/carers.
School staff model appropriate use of school resources including the internet.
- All activities using the internet, including homework and independent research topics, will be tested first to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
- Where appropriate, links to specific websites will be provided instead of open searching for information
- Teachers will be responsible for their own classroom management when using ICT
equipment and will remind pupils of the Acceptable Use Policies before any activity.
The school has a program of continuing professional development in place that includes; Safeguarding INSET, in school support and E-Safety assemblies based on the needs of the staff
- Educational resources are reviewed by curriculum co-ordinators and disseminated through curriculum meetings/staff meetings/training sessions
- E-Safety is embedded throughout the school curriculum and visited by each year group as required, but is specifically taught in Year 2
DATA SECURITY/DATA PROTECTION
Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available in line with the Data Protection Act 1998
Third party users of school equipment will be advised of the policies, filtering and monitoring that is in place. They will be issued with appropriate usernames and password that will be recorded in the school office on request.
Regardless of ability, gender or cultural background, e-safety is an issue which applies to all staff, children and visitors.
RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS
Inappropriate use of the school resources will be dealt with in line with other school policies e.g. Behaviour, Anti-Bullying and Child Protection policy.
- Any suspected illegal activity will be reported directly to the Headteacher of a member of the school’s SLT
- Third party complaints, or from parents concerning activity that occurs outside the normal school day, should be referred directly to the Headteacher or Deputy.
- Breaches of this policy by staff will be investigated by the Headteacher. Action will be taken under the LA Disciplinary Policy where a breach of professional conduct is identified. Incidents will be fully investigated and appropriate records made on personal files with the ultimate sanction of summary dismissal reserved for the most serious of cases involving gross misconduct.
- Serious breaches of this policy by pupils will be treated as any other serious breach of conduct in line with school Behaviour Policy. For all serious breaches, the incident will be fully investigated, and appropriate records made on personal files with the ultimate sanction of exclusion reserved to the most serious of cases.
- Minor pupil offences, such as being off-task visiting games or other websites will be handled by the teacher in situ by invoking the school behaviour policy.
- The Educations and Inspections Act 2006 grants the Head the legal power to take action against incidents affecting the school that occur outside the normal school day and this right will be exercised where it is considered appropriate
Date: 13th January 2015
To be reviewed: 2016 by the Governing Body