Iqra High School

E Safety Policy

 

This policy should be read in conjunction with other policies including Safeguarding Behaviour and Anti Bullying.

The school will appoint an E-safety Champion – Mrs Aleya Begum

Our E-safety Policy has been written by the school, building on best practice and government guidance. It has been agreed by the School Management Team and approved by governors.

The E-safety Policy and its implementation will be reviewed annually.

Teaching and learning

The Internet is an essential element in our time for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students 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.

  • used effectively, ICT can improve students’ achievement
  • using ICT at home and at school develops skills for life
  • students with supportive and involved parents and carers do better at school
  • students enjoy using ICT
  • using ICT provides a wider and more flexible range of learning materials.

 

Within ICT lessons students learn to use a wide range of ICT including:

  • Word Processing to produce written work
  • Databases to record information
  • Spreadsheets to create tables, charts and graphs
  • Desktop Publishing to design posters, leaflets or cards
  • Multimedia Presentation to present text, pictures, sound and video
  • Drawing Programs to create pictures and designs in Art and Technology lessons
  • Internet and CD-ROMs to access research for project work
  • Email to contact friends in Iqra school and email work to teachers
  • Digital Cameras to record what they have done in class or on a trip

 

The school Internet access is provided through an independent service provider and includes filtering appropriate to the age of pupils.

  • Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use.
  • Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.
  • Pupils will be shown how to publish and present information appropriately to a wider audience.

 

Pupils will be taught how to evaluate Internet content

  • The school will seek to ensure that the use of Internet derived materials by staff and by pupils complies with copyright law.
  • Pupils should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.
  • Pupils will be taught how to report unpleasant Internet content

 

Managing Internet Access

Information system security

  • School ICT systems security will be reviewed regularly.
  • Virus protection will be updated regularly.
  • Security strategies will be discussed with the independent consultants complying with the local authority guidelines.

 

E-mail

  • Pupils and staff may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system.
  • Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive e-mail.
  • Pupils must not reveal personal details of themselves or others in e-mail communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
  • Staff to pupil email communication must only take place via a school email address and will be monitored.
  • Incoming e-mail should be treated as suspicious and attachments not opened unless the author is known.
  • The school will consider how e-mail from pupils to external bodies is presented and controlled.
  • The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted.

 

Published content and the school website

  • The contact details on the website should be the school address, e-mail and telephone number. Staff or pupils personal information will not be published.
  • The headteacher, or nominee will take overall editorial responsibility and
  • ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.

 

Publishing pupils’ images and work

  • Photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully and will not enable individual pupils to be clearly identified. The school will look to seek to use group photographs rather than full-face photos of individual children.
  • Pupils’ full names will be avoided on the website, as appropriate, particularly in association with photographs.
  • Written permission from parents/guardians or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school website. This is kept on the public drive for staff to refer to.

 

  • Parents should be clearly informed of the school policy on image taking and publishing, both on school and independent electronic repositories.
  • A list of parental permissions is kept for all staff to adhere to.
  • No photos to be taken on staff’s personal devices (cameras, phones, tablets etc). On no account should staff store images of Iqra High School children on their school or personal devices, all photos should be transferred onto the school system as soon as possible.’

 

Social networking

  • The school will control access to social networking sites, and consider how to educate pupils in their safe use e.g. use of passwords.
  • Newsgroups will be blocked unless a specific use is approved.
  • Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location.
  • Pupils and parents will be advised that the use of social network spaces outside school brings a range of dangers for all pupils.
  • Pupils will be advised to use nicknames and avatars when using social networking sites.

 

Managing filtering

  • The school will work with consultants and experts to ensure systems protect pupils and are reviewed and improved.
  • If staff or pupils come across unsuitable on-line materials, the site must be reported to the E-safety Champion.
  • ICT Team will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.

 

Managing videoconferencing

  • Videoconferencing will use the educational broadband network to ensure quality of service and security rather than the Internet.
  • Pupils should ask permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a videoconference call.
  • Videoconferencing will be appropriately supervised for the pupils’ age.

 

Managing emerging technologies

  • Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed
  • Mobile phones, Smart Watches and associated cameras will not be used during lessons or formal school time except as part of an educational activity.
  • The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden.
  • Games machines including the Sony Play station, Microsoft Xbox and others have Internet access which may not include filtering. Care will be taken with their use (if used) within the school use.

 

Protecting personal data

  • Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Policy Decisions

Authorising Internet access

  • All staff must read and sign the ‘Staff Code of Conduct for ICT’ before using any school ICT resource.
  • The school will maintain a current record of all staff and pupils who are granted access to school ICT systems.
  • Parents will be asked to sign and return a consent form.
  • All students must apply for Internet access individually by agreeing to comply with the Responsible Internet Use statement.
  • Any person not directly employed by the school will be asked to sign an ‘acceptable use of school ICT resources’ before being allowed to access the Internet from the school site.

 

Assessing risks

The school will take all reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked 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 will audit ICT use to establish if the E-safety policy is adequate and that the implementation of the E-safety policy is appropriate and effective.

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.
  • Pupils and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure.
  • Pupils and parents will be informed of consequences for pupils misusing the Internet.

 

Community use of the Internet

All use of the school Internet connection by community and other organisations shall be in accordance with the school E-safety policy.

Communications Policy

Introducing the E-safety policy to pupils

  • Appropriate elements of the E-safety policy will be shared with pupils
  • E-safety rules will be posted in all networked rooms and in student planners.
  • Pupils will be informed that network and Internet use will be monitored.
  • Curriculum opportunities to gain awareness of E-safety issues and how best to deal with them will be provided for pupils

 

Staff and the E-safety policy

  • All staff will be given the School E-safety Policy and its importance explained.
  • Staff should be aware that Internet traffic can be monitored and traced to the individual user. Discretion and professional conduct is essential.
  • Staff that manage filtering systems or monitor ICT use will be supervised by school management and have clear procedures for reporting issues.

 

 

Complied/reviewed November 2017
Agreed by SMT
Review frequency Annual
Revision date October 2018
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