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E-Safety

New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital information and communications technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone.  These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning.  Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.

 

All pupils have received, or will receive, e-Safety education to help them understand the importance of safe use of ICT – both in and out of school.

 

All Parents will sign a Parent/Pupil Internet Consent form at the start of the year.  

 

Key Stage 2 pupils will sign an Acceptable Use Agreement and there is the expectation that parents of Key Stage 1 pupils will sign on their child’s behalf through the annual consent forms.

 

The school will take every reasonable precaution, including monitoring and filtering systems, to ensure that young people will be safe when they use the internet and ICT systems. However, the school cannot ultimately be held responsible for the nature and content of materials accessed on the internet and using mobile technologies.

 

Pupil activity on the ICT systems will be monitored and the school will contact parents if they have concerns about any possible breaches of the Acceptable Use Policy.

 

We ask parents to encourage their children to adopt safe use of the internet and digital technologies at home and inform the school if they have concerns over their child’s e-Safety. 

Internet Safe Filtering and Monitoring

 

Filtering:  The school has a system, provided by the Local Authority (LA), called Fortinet.  This will block all traffic that comes through the school's network, including the school's wireless router, that is classified as inappropriate, according to an international classification system.  This includes classifications in multiple languages and images, covering a range of material, including extremism.

 

Monitoring:  The school will monitor internet access by:

 

  • receiving a report on the most blocked websites from school network annually, sharing this with Warrington Borough Council ICT to assess the greatest risks and concerns.
  • training children to report and respond to all reports of inappropriate content, informing the LA as necessary.
  • random reviewing of internet browsing histories.
  • implementing the EDACSure Internet Portal (programmed for summer 2017).  This will ensure, with new mobile technologies, that each internet session and its personal use can be tracked back to each pupil and staff member. 

Statement from Warrington Borough Council regarding Web Filtering

Rating for our Filtering Provider (Fortinet)

E-SAFETY RESOURCES FOR PARENTS 

 

We aim to keep you up to date with any new resources that will help to keep your children safe online. Here are some websites worth visiting.

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Useful Websites For Children

 

Useful Documents & Websites For Parents