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 digital devices – both in and out of school.
All Parents will sign a Parent/Pupil Internet Consent form.
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 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 digital device 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 our digital 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.
Should you need further advice, then do not hesitate to contact the school's Computing and e-Safety Leader, Miss Gavin.
You can review our e-Safety Policy, Electronic Devices Policy, School Acceptable Use Policy, Social Media and Networking Policy, and Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement on our School Policies page.
Internet Safe Filtering and Monitoring
Filtering: The school has a system, provided by the Multi-Academy Trust, called Sophos. This will block all traffic that comes through the school's network (including the 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 reports on the most blocked websites from the school network to assess the greatest risks and concerns.
- training children to report and respond to all reports of inappropriate content.
- random reviewing of internet browsing histories.
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.