At All Saints, we recognise that technology will continue to have a huge impact on how we deliver the curriculum and how we raise standards throughout the school. However, the School also recognises the importance of teaching children to use technology in a safe way. The School is committed to ensuring the e-safety of all its pupils. The new Internet Policy is written in child-speak to enable pupils to understand what the dangers and benefits are in using the internet. The following websites all contain a variety of information that you may find useful. www.getsafeonline.org www.kidsmart.org.uk www.chatdanger.com www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com GetNetWise Children on the Internet - NCH The following articles may be of interest: The Byron Report:Computer Games and the Internet The Guardian:2/4/08 The BBC:2/4/08 Internet Safety All Saints Primary School recognises that the Internet can give children access to an enormous range of information to support their learning. We encourage them to use the thousands of libraries, databases and web sites as part of their own research. Home access to the Internet and related technologies such as e-mail, instant messaging and chat room services are commonplace. For this reason we accept our responsibility in helping children use safe and responsible behaviours whenever they use these technologies. Whilst at school, Cambs LA web site STARZ is used to teach web skills such as e-mail and blogging. We have developed the following rules to ensure the safety and privacy of our children when using the Internet. These rules are made available to staff and pupils and are kept under constant review. No pictures of individual children will be used on our website unless permission has been granted by parents/carers Where photos are used they will be general shots of classroom or group activities. Images of children will not be labelled with their name unless permission has been granted by parents/carers. Children will be taught never reveal their personal details on the web or when in dialogue with other Internet users. Children will be taught never to reveal their passwords to others The class teacher will monitor e-mails sent via STARZ. Children are not allowed the free use of a search engine unless they are under the supervision of a teacher or designated member of staff. The downloading of information is restricted to staff, or children under supervision. Any child that comes across information that makes them feel uncomfortable or upsets them will report it to the teacher immediately. We ask all children to be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law. All Internet access is filtered using an LA managed system which is constantly upgraded. Children to be taught not to put any materials onto a portable device or print any materials from a portable device brought from home The following websites all contain a variety of information that parents/carers may find useful. www.getsafeonline.org www.kidsmart.org.uk www.chatdanger.com www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com GetNetWise Children on the Internet - NCH The following articles may be of interest: The Byron Report:Computer Games and the Internet The Guardian:2/4/08 All Saints Interchurch VA Primary School Policy for Responsible Use of the Internet and email References ITCAS Web site www.kirklees-ednet.org.uk/itcas/support Discussion document on use of Internet Word version of this document Instructions to modify Internet Explorer Kent NGfL Website Latest version of the Kent policy www.kent.gov.uk/ngfl/policy.html Connecting Schools: Networking People www.ngfl.gov.uk/reference/publications/connecting DfEE / BECTa April 1998 Tel. 0845 6022260 (free order line) Preventing the Misuse of Computers in Schools British Computer Society www.bcs.org.uk/news/misuse.htm Association for Co-ordinators and Teachers of IT (ACITT) Acceptable Use Policy for UK Schools www.acitt.org.uk/aup.html Parents’ Information Network (PIN) Leaflets www.pinlift.org.uk NCH Action for Children A Parents' Guide www.nchafc.org.uk Home Computers and Children www.becta.org.uk/projects/censor BECTa leaflet Tel: 01203 416994 Censorship Issues BECTa www.becta.org.uk/projects/censor/ Internet Watch Foundation www.iwf.org.uk Reporting illegal Internet material Tel: 0845 600 8844 NAACE/British Computer Society www.bcs.org.uk/iap.html Acknowledgements This materials were produced by ITCAS and we acknowledge the contribution of the Kent NGfL Team. Responsible Use of the Internet and email Policy Government policy is to connect all schools to the Internet and this objective has already been achieved in Cambs; and to provide all pupils with their own email address. The Internet and email can be used by students of all ages, by teachers and by managers. Through the development of the National Grid for Learning it is intended to ensure that the Internet and e-mail will become a useful educational resource for schools, students and teachers. Home Internet and email use is also increasing and it is becoming an important part of learning and communication during leisure time. However, the Internet is managed by a worldwide collaboration of independent agencies and currently serves mainly an adult audience. Without appropriate measures, access to unsuitable materials is possible and security of the computer systems could be compromised. This Responsible Use of the Internet and email Policy has been agreed to ensure that Internet and email use supports the school's educational aims and that the school's responsibilities to students and parents are met. This Responsible Use of the Internet and email Policy is included as part of the school’s ICT policy and relates to other policies, in particular that for behaviour and for personal, social and health education (PSHE). This Responsible Use of the Internet and email Policy has been created afterfull consultation with staff and governors and will be reviewed on a yearly basis. Creation date : ..……………………… Review date : …………………………. Produced by : …………………………… 1. The Purpose of Internet and email access : We are providing Internet and email access in order to : Raise educational standards Support curriculum development in all subjects Support the professional work of staff as it use is now considered an essential professional tool Enhance the school’s management information and business administration systems Enable electronic communication and the exchange of curriculum and administration data with the LA, the examination boards and others 2. The educational benefits of using the Internet and email include : Access to world-wide educational resources and information including museums, art galleries, research data, news and current events Information and cultural exchanges between students world-wide Discussion with experts in many fields for students and staff Access to educational materials and good curriculum practice including the Virtual Teachers Centre to support staff professional development Communication with advisory and support services, professional associations and colleagues Increasing cultural, social and leisure activities in libraries, clubs and at home Exchanging information between different bodies, e.g. LA & DfEE Providing a means of communication between staff & pupils, parents & others in the community Obtaining a range of technical support Encouraging electronic literacy 3. The Internet and email can provide an effective medium for learning where : Internet and email access is planned to enrich and extend learning activities as an integrated aspect of the curriculum Students are given clear objectives for Internet and email use Students are provided with lists of relevant and suitable Web sites & links to e-pals Students are educated to take responsibility for Internet and email access Students will be made aware that the writer of an e-mail or the author of a web page may not be the person the claim to be and are taught to validate information before accepting it as true, an important aspect of higher levels of subject teaching Students are taught to observe copyright when copying materials from the web & to acknowledge their sources of information Access is reviewed to ensure it still meets curriculum needs Students are taught to expect a wider range of content, both in level and in audience, than is found in the school library or on TV The whole staff have be given opportunities to discuss the issues around developing good teaching strategies 4. Access to the Internet and email : In school Internet access is regarded as a necessary part of the statutory curriculum and access to the Internet and email will only be authorised on the basis of educational need. Teachers will need to develop good practice in the use of Internet and email as a tool for teaching & learning In Primary School : Internet and email access will be part of a planned activity and will be usually via Starz and other child friendly search engines. At Key Stage 1, access to the Internet and email will be with direct teacher or adult supervision. Pupils will only access teacher prepared materials, or researched sites and selected e-pals via STARZ At Key Stage 2, Internet and email access will be granted to a whole class or group as part of the scheme of work, after a suitable introduction to the Rules for Responsible Internet and email use and will always be supervised by an adult Parents will be informed that pupils will be provided with supervised Internet and email access where it is important to their education and will be asked to sign and return an agreement form (see appendix for example letter) 5. The school will take all steps to ensure that Internet and email accessis appropriate and safe : In common with other media such as magazines, books and video, some material available via the Internet and email is unsuitable for students. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that such material is inaccessible. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of information available via the Internet and email, it is not possible to guarantee that particular types of material will never appear on a terminal. However neither the school nor the LA can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences thereof. 6. Responsibilities of the school : Staff, parents, governors and advisers will work to establish agreement that every reasonable measure is being taken to protect pupils The Headteacher will ensure that the policy is implemented effectively Policy and procedures will be reviewed as students’ Internet and email use expands and their ability to retrieve information develops The school will ensure that occasional checks are made on files to monitor compliance with the school's Responsible Use Policy and students will be informed that such checks are made The school will ensure that students are always supervised when using the Internet and email All machines with Internet and email capability are accommodated in public areas and that their use is frequently monitored The school will check that the sites selected for student use are appropriate to the age and maturity of students Where applicable a range of fully tested, approved sites will be copied to the school intranet The school will only use an Internet and email service provider with a proxy server to filter the material available to students or will take measures to ensure similar protection is installed on the school's computer system The school will ensure that students cannot disable the proxy server or interfere with protection software The school will ensure that virus protection is installed and updated regularly Any material that the school suspects is illegal will be referred to the Internet and email Watch Foundation (see References) The school will ensure systems to protect students are reviewed and improved regularly Rules for the use of the \internet and email are posted near t computers and clearly visible 7. Responsibilities of staff and students : If staff or students discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content will be reported to the Headteacher and thence the Service Provider and the parents/carers of the children concerned. Students will be encouraged to tell a teacher immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable Students will not be given access to Chat lines or unrestricted access to Newsgroups Students will be informed that checks can be made on files held on the system Students using the Internet and email will be supervised appropriately Students will agree to sign the Responsible Use of the Internet and email Agreement Students will be encouraged to take collective responsibility for acceptable use of the Internet and email in school Students should obtain permission before downloading software from the Internet 8. The management of e-mail in school : Email is regarded as an essential means of communication and schools should take appropriate steps to monitor its use and content Communication using e-mail will be organised to ensure it is for appropriate educational use and not for private or personal messages The language and content of e-mails should be of an appropriate level expected of any written work and should ensure that the good name of the school is maintained The forwarding of chain letters and anonymous letters is banned Staff and students should be aware that all e-mail on the school system is regarded as public and as such will be monitored and may be printed out and posted on public notice boards In most Primary Schools pupils will only be given e-mail access for educational activities through a group account e.g. as a class Where students are given individual e-mail accounts these are only granted where a high level of trust can be assumed for its responsible use E-mail and the Internet should not be used to order materials or undertake any activity which incurs a cost to the school Staff and students should be made aware of the potential for virus infection through the sending of files attached to e-mails All business emails should be sent via school addresses. Excessive personal use should be considered time wasting 9. Publishing material on the schools web site : The school will maintain editorial responsibility for any school initiated web site to ensure that content is accurate and quality of presentation is maintained The school will maintain the integrity of the school web site by ensuring that responsibility for uploading material is never handed over to students and that password are protected The web site will comply with the school's guidelines for publications Students will be taught to publish for a wide range of audiences which might include governors, parents or younger children All material must be the author's own work, should credit any other work included, state clearly the author's identity or status and not break copyright The point of contact on the web site will be the school address, e-mail and telephone number. Home information or individuals' e-mail addresses will not be published Photographs of identifiable individual students will not be published on the web site. Group photographs should not have a name list attached. Identities of students must be protected at all times and parents may be consulted about publishing work from pupils 10. Procedure for dealing with complaints and breaches of conduct : Any complaints or breaches of conduct will be dealt with promptly Responsibility for handling incidents will be given to a senior member of staff Students and parents will be informed of the procedure Parents and children will need to work in partnership with staff to resolve any issues arising The facts of the case will need to be established, for instance to ascertain whether the issue has arisen through home Internet and email use or through contacts outside school As with drugs issues, there may be occasions when the police must be contacted. Early contact will be made to establish the legal position and discuss strategies Sanctions for irresponsible use will be linked to the school's Behaviour Policy and will consist of the following actions depending on circumstances: verbal warning interview by head letter home to inform parent or carer temporary withdrawal of Internet and e-mail privileges permanent withdrawal of computer access exclusion from school referral to police 11. Informing staff, students and parents : Rules for Internet and email access will be posted near computers with Internet access (see appendix) All staff including teachers, supply staff, classroom assistants and support staff will be involved in developing and reviewing the Responsible Use of the Internet and email policy All staff supervising Internet and email use will be given appropriate training Parents' attention will be drawn to the Policy in newsletters, the school brochure, the school web site, leaflets and information from relevant organisations Demonstrations and practical IT sessions for parents may be organised to encourage a partnership approach Parents and students will sign a Responsible Use of the Internet and email agreement A module on responsible Internet and email use will be included in the PSHE programme, covering both school and home use 12. Security of School systems Security strategies will be considered by the ICT Technician and the Headteacher and reviewed regularly Care will be taken when transmitting personal data over the Internet Virus protection will be installed and updated regularly Appendices Sample Documents Letter for Parents Dear Parents Responsible Use of the Internet and email As part of pupils’ curriculum enhancement and the development of ICT skills, we are providing supervised access to the Internet and email. Pupils will be able to exchange electronic mail with partner schools and with class members through STARZ, the Cambs. LA learning platform. research information from museums, libraries, news providers and suitable web sites as part of their programme of learning. Although there have been concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, we are taking positive steps to deal with that possibility. Although the LA provides a filter which prevents the majority of inappropriate materials from getting through, because the internet is so vast, from time to time, images etc do get through. We will seek to teach pupils how to deal with this, and the correct procedures to follow. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of Internet and email use (or to see a lesson in operation) please telephone me to arrange an appointment. A copy of our Internet Safety Policy is available from the office. I enclose a copy of the Responsible Use of the Internet and email agreement that we operate at our school, which your child is being asked to sign. Please could you sign and return this letter to show your agreement to your child using the Internet and e-mail. Yours sincerely Headteacher Parent/Carer Agreement for Internet and Email Use Pupil name…………………………………………………………………… I have read the Responsible Use of the Internet and email agreement and give permission for my child to use the Internet and e-mail in School. I grant permission for my child to use the internet, email and other IT facilities in school. I understand that the school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that pupils cannot access inappropriate materials, including the teaching of internet safety skills, but accept that ultimately the school cannot be held responsible for the nature and content of materials through the internet. I accept responsibility for setting and conveying standards for my child to follow when selecting, sharing and exploring information and media and acknowledge that they will be deemed to be accountable for their own actions I understand that I will be contacted in the event of my child viewing in appropriate material in whatever circumstances From time to time the school may wish to publish images of children from the school on the website. I understand that the school will take all necessary precautions of internet safety, and agree for my child’s picture being used for this purpose. If I DO NOT wish my child’s image to be used in this way then I must inform the school in writing. Signed………………………………………………………………(parent /carer) Date…………………………….. All Saints Interchurch VA Primary School Responsible Use of the Internet and email statement The school has installed computers with Internet and email access to help our learning. These rules will keep us safe and help us be fair to others. I will not change or create any passwords or login procedures on the computers I will not interfere with or knowingly change any settings on any school computer I will not install or delete any software on the schools computer I will not bring in memory sticks or CD ROMs from outside school unless I have been given permission I will not access or change other people's work files I will only use the computers for school work and homework I will never give my passwords to anyone else I will ask permission from a member of staff before using the Internet and email I will only e-mail people my teacher has approved through STARZ The messages I send will be polite and responsible I will never give my home address, telephone number or photograph or arrange to meet someone I have contacted on the Internet or by e-mail I will report to an adult any unpleasant material or messages sent to me I understand that the school may check my computer files and may look at the Internet sites I visit I understand that if I do not follow these rules I will not be allowed to use the Internet and email or any of the school's computers Pupil name.................................................................................................... Signed.................................................................................... All Saints Interchurch VA Primary School Internet Safety Policy for children- be a SMART surfer... Everyone you meet on the Internet is a stranger. You wouldn't talk to strangers on the street or invite them into your house, the Internet is the same! Study the following rules to help you become a SMART surfer. SECRET: - Never give out your name, address, house number, street, school, phone number or any personal information to anyone you meet on the Internet. People can use the slightest information to locate where you live, putting you in danger! As a golden rule, always ask and adult (parent or guardian) before you send any personal details over the Internet. - Never email pictures of yourself, or friends and family, to strangers and NEVER upload any to public sites. - Protect yourself by keeping any passwords you have safe. Don't give them out to friends (you may fall out with friends), only to responsible adults in your family. Use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols when creating passwords; don't chose obvious passwords such as a nickname or favourite colour. If you are ever unsure about the content of conversations - alert your parents or carers, or even a teacher at school! - If a website asks you to fill in your name, address, email address and hobbies, always check with an adult. When you give information out about yourself over the Internet, you can never be sure who will see it and how it will be used. MEETING - Don't ever make plans to meet friends you have met over the Internet without telling your parents or carers. Talking to people on-line and meeting them in person are two totally different things. People are not always what they seem - arranging to meet anyone you have met over the Internet is extremely dangerous!! To stay safe - never meet up with friends you have made on-line! ATTACHMENTS - Only open emails if you know who has sent them; if you are unsure don't open them and ask an adult. - Accepting emails or opening files from people you don't know, can be very dangerous. They may contain viruses or nasty messages which you may find offensive and disturbing. - If somebody says something to you, sends you something, or you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable, don't look around or explore! You could press the whistle blowing button and get your parents or carers - they will know what to do. If you are ever unsure ASK!!! If you are too afraid to ask your parents or carers, ask a teacher at school - there is always somebody to turn to. - Only reply to emails or instant messages from people you know (or from addresses you know). - Make sure you send sensible emails and only email to your friends – not the whole school or class!! - Remember you can quite easily block people who become abusive or make you feel uncomfortable on instant messenger (msn). - Chain letter emails constantly get sent around the Internet. These often tell you to pass on emails to a certain number of people and if you fail to do this, there are 'apparent' consequences. All chain emails are designed to scare you, the best thing to do is to ignore them and DON'T pass them on. RELIABLE - Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Anyone can make a website about absolutely anything, it doesn't mean it's necessarily true. Use your common sense to work out whether information on a particular web site looks right (look for clues on who has created the site). The best way to research information on the Internet is to stick to well known web sites such as channel 4 learning or the BBC schools site. Ask a teacher if you are ever unsure. To learn how to check visit http://www.quick.org.uk TELL - If you see anything on the Internet that you think is wrong, tell an adult straight away. Stop talking to people if they are being nasty or making you feel uncomfortable with their questions. - If someone you've met on-line wants to meet you in person, tell a responsible adult. - If you receive a nasty message from a cyber bully, don't keep it to yourself, show and tell and adult you trust. - If you receive nasty and offensive text messages from a bully, keep them as evidence and show someone you trust. REMEMBER DON'T SUFFER IN SILENCE AND DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN UNNECESSARY DANGER.
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