Mellor Community Primary School
At Mellor, we understand the responsibility we have to educate our pupils on e-safety issues; teaching them appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Mellor Community Primary School has a whole school approach to the safe use of ICT and creating this safe learning environment includes three main elements:
- an effective range of technological tools
- policies and procedures, with clear roles and responsibilities
- a comprehensive e-safety programme for pupils, staff and parents.
The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management information and administration systems.
Roles and Responsibilities
E-Safety education is recognised as an essential part of safeguarding pupils at Mellor. All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding training, which includes training of online child protection. Nik Foster have overall responsibility and ensure Senior Leadership and Governors are updated as necessary. All teachers are responsible for promoting and supporting safe behaviours in their classrooms, following E-Safety procedures and ensuring that E-Safety messages are being explicitly taught and revisited.
All staff are familiar with the school’s policy including:
- safe use of e-mail
- safe use of the Internet
- safe use of the school network, equipment and data
- safe use of digital images and digital technologies, such as mobile phones and digital cameras
- publication of pupil information/photographs on the school website
- procedures in the event of misuse of technology by any member of the school community
- their role in providing e-safety education for pupils.
Staff are reminded/updated about e-safety regularly and new staff receive information on the school’s acceptable use policy as part of their induction.
Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation. Staff will guide pupils to online activities that will support the learning outcomes planned for the pupils’ age and ability. Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use through a programme of e-safety work. Pupils will create posters to be displayed around the school which promote positive E-Safety behaviour. Pupils are aware of the impact of online bullying through PSHE and know how to seek help if they are affected by these issues. Pupils are also taught about where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies.
Pupils will be encouraged to consider the usefulness of materials they read and question their validity before accepting that they are necessarily accurate. They will be taught to acknowledge the source of information when using Internet material in their own work. Pupils will be made aware that the writer of an e-mail or the author of a web page might not be the person claimed. We will aim to ensure that Internet derived materials used by staff and pupils comply with copyright law.
How does Internet use benefit education?
· Access to world-wide educational resources including museums and art galleries;
· Inclusion in the National Education Network which connects all UK schools;
· Educational and cultural exchanges between pupils world-wide;
· Vocational, social and leisure use in libraries, clubs and at home;
· Access to experts in many fields for pupils and staff;
· Professional development for staff through access to national developments, educational materials and effective curriculum practice;
· Collaboration across support services and professional associations;
· Improved access to technical support including remote management of networks and automatic system updates;
· Exchange of curriculum and administration data with the Local Authority (LA);
· Access to learning wherever and whenever convenient .
Managing Internet Access
Pupils will have supervised access to Internet resources through the school’s fixed and mobile internet technology. Staff will preview any recommended sites and videos before use. Our internet access is controlled through esafety4all web filtering service. We work with our Internet Service Provider to ensure filtering systems are as effective as possible. If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address), time, date and content must be reported to the ICT Manager who will contact the Internet Service Provider and also locally filter the site to block future access. Policy Central monitoring software is used to monitor all school IT systems and the school network. This is regularly checked by the IT Manager. All incidents of Internet use for the purposes of extremism or child protection issues will be referred to a DSL who will inform the appropriate external agencies immediately.
· Pupils must only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system;
· Pupils may only send e-mail as part of a planned lesson and must use their school email accounts when using school systems;
· All e-mail sent will be polite and responsible;
· Pupils must immediately tell a member of staff 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;
· In-coming e-mail for pupils will be regarded as public information
· Staff will only use official school provided email accounts for professional purposes and to communicate with pupils and parents/carers.
Managing Published Content
The contact details on the school website will be the school address, e-mail, fax and telephone number. Staff and pupil personal information will not be published. The ICT Manager will maintain and update the school website on a regular basis. The Headteacher will take overall editorial responsibility ensuring that content is accurate and appropriate.
Managing Social Networking
Access to social networking sites will be blocked or filtered. Pupils are advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location. Examples would include real name, address, mobile or landline phone numbers, e-mail address, names of friends, specific interests and clubs etc.
Managing the Virtual Learning Environment
Staff will regularly monitor the usage of Db Primary by pupils in all areas, in particular message and communication tools. Only members of the current pupil and staff community will have access to Db Primary. When staff and pupils leave the school their account will be disabled. Pupils are encouraged to report any e-safety concerns via the whistle blowing facility in Db Primary.
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. The use of mobile phones by pupils is not permitted within school time.
Cyberbullying of any member of the school community will not be tolerated and will be investigated in line with the school’s anti-bullying policy. All incidents of cyberbullying will be reported to the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) and recorded.
Security and Data Protection
How will information systems security be maintained?
· The school server is located securely, physical and remote access to it is restricted;
· The server operating system is kept up to date;
· Virus protection for the entire network is installed, current and regularly updated;
· Access to wireless devices is password protected and transmission is encrypted;
· The school server is backed up on daily basis;
· There is security policy for every user on the domain;
· Serial numbers of all information systems are stored and updated by ICT Manager;
· Laptops and iPads are locked in secure trolleys;
· User logins and passwords are used to access the school network.
· The security of school information systems are reviewed regularly.
· Pupil and staff computers are monitored for safety using monitoring software
Photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully and pupils names will not be used anywhere on the website, particularly in association with photographs. Written consent from parents or carers will be obtained when a pupil joins the school for photographs of the pupil to be published on the school website. Consent can be refused or withdrawn at any time. More information regarding this consent can be found in our Data Protection Policy.
How should personal data be protected?
Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the General Data Protection Regulation (2018).
E-Safety in the wider community
All use of the school Internet connection by community and other organisations shall be in accordance with the e-safety policy. Information regarding e-safety and our e-safety policy will be made available on the school website and our e-safety policy will be promoted within Parental and community ICT courses. Parent E-Safety workshops will take place in school to promote positive E-Safety behaviours to parents. Any Internet issues that arise will be handled sensitively to inform parents without alarm.
As a school we take all precautions to ensure e-safety at all times. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, the availability of mobile technologies and the speed of change, it may mean that unsuitable material may briefly appear on a computer or mobile device. The school cannot accept liability for material accessed or any consequences of this. Complaints of internet misuse will be dealt with by a senior member of staff. Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the head teacher. All e–Safety complaints and incidents will be recorded by the school, including any actions taken.
This policy statement will be reviewed and updated annually by SLT, the IT Manager, Computing Champion and the Resources sub-committee of the governing body.
Date of incident:
Reported By: (name of staff member)
Reported To: (e.g. Head, DSL)
Incident Description: (Describe what happened, involving which children and/or staff, and what action was taken)