E-Safety – Roles and Responsibilities
As E-Safety is an important aspect of strategic leadership within the school, the Headteacher and Governors have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored. The Technologies Leader is responsible for E-Safety who has been designated this role as a member of the senior leadership team. All members of the school community have been made aware of who holds this post.
It is the role of the Technologies Leader to keep abreast of current issues and guidance through organisations such as The Isle of Wight LA, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) and Childnet.
Senior Management and Governors are updated by the Headteacher/Technologies Leader and all Governors have an understanding of the issues and strategies at our school in relation to local and national guidelines and advice.
This policy, supported by the school’s acceptable user agreements for Staff, Governors, visitors and pupils, is to protect the interests and safety of the whole school community.
It is linked to the following mandatory school policies: Child Protection, Health and Safety, Home–School Agreements, and Behaviour/Pupil Discipline (including the anti-bullying) Policy and PSHE.
E-Safety in the Curriculum
ICT and online resources are increasingly used across the curriculum. We believe it is essential for E-Safety guidance to be given to the pupils on a regular and meaningful basis. E-Safety is embedded within our curriculum and we continually look for new opportunities to promote E-Safety.
The school has a framework for teaching internet skills and E-Safety in discreet ICT lessons and through its application across a range of curriculum areas. Educating pupils on the dangers of technologies that maybe encountered outside school is done informally when opportunities arise and as part of the ICT curriculum. Pupils are taught about copyright and respecting other people’s information, images, etc through discussion, modeling and activities.
Pupils are aware of the impact of Cyber-bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying. Pupils are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies; i.e. parent/ carer, teacher/ trusted staff member, or an organisation such as Childline or CEOP report abuse button. Pupils are taught to critically evaluate materials and learn good searching skills through cross curricular teacher models, discussions and via the ICT curriculum.
The school uses an approved filtering system at all times. Occasionally there is the need to disable this to access rich material provided through blanket blocked websites such as Youtube etc. This will only be temporarily disabled by the ICT Technician after the page has been approved by the Headteacher / ICT Leader / ICT Technician. It will be enabled immediately after the webpage has been used.
Notes in relation to ICT:
- Under no circumstances shall children access the internet through unfiltered systems.
- Under no circumstances shall any adult / child try to bypass the filtering system or use alternative proxy settings.
- E-Safety Skills Development for Staff
- Our staff receive regular information and training on E-Safety issues in the form of external CPD, CPD led by external agencies and internal training sessions led by the Technologies Leader / ICT Technician.
- Details of ongoing staff training can be found with the Technologies Leader.
- New staff receive information on the school’s acceptable use policy as part of their induction.
- All staff have been made aware of individual responsibilities relating to the safeguarding of children within the context of E-Safety and know what to do in the event of misuse of technology by any member of the school community
- All staff are encouraged to incorporate E-Safety activities and awareness within their curriculum areas.
- Managing the School E-Safety Messages.
- We endeavor to embed E-Safety messages across the curriculum whenever the internet and/or related technologies are used E-Safety posters will be prominently displayed.
- As required, events, assemblies and PSHE lessons will also cover E-Safety awareness.
Parents worried about their children accessing inappropriate websites can download a FREE website blocker program. For Government guidelines and general help/support for parents with more questions about E Safety – please see the THINK U KNOW website.
E Safety website resources for:
- Key Stage 1
- Key Stage 2
Please click here to view the E – Safety Presentation.