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Summary

Croxteth Community Primary School believes that the effective use of information and communication technologies in schools can bring great benefits. Recognising the e-Safety issues and planning accordingly will help to ensure appropriate, effective and safer use of digital technologies.

This policy is based on the Liverpool City Council’s exemplar policy which acknowledges the support and guidance that it received from the Safer Internet Centre, The South West Grid for Learning, The UK Council for Child Internet Safety and Childnet.


1) Development/Monitoring/Review

This e-Safety policy has been developed by a working group made up of:

 

The policy has been shared with staff at staff meetings.


Scope of the Policy

This policy applies to all members of the school community (staff, pupils, volunteers, parents/carers, visitors and community users) who have access to and are users of the school ICT systems, both in and out of school.

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers Headteachers, to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of pupils when they are off the school site and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents of cyber-bullying or other e-Safety incidents covered by this policy, which may take place out of school, but is linked to membership of the school.

The school will deal with such incidents within this policy and associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents/carers of incidents of inappropriate e-Safety behaviour that take place inside and outside of school.


Context

We live in a digital age where technology is playing an ever increasing part in our lives; it is changing the way that we do things both inside and outside of school and although we recognise the benefits of technology we must also be aware of the potential risks and ensure that all staff, pupils and parents/carers associated with the school are able to use technology in a safe and responsible manner.

Some of the potential dangers of using technology may include:

Many of these risks reflect situations in the offline world but it is important that as a school we have a planned and coordinated approach to ensuring that all involved with the school use technology in a safe and responsible way. As with all risks it is impossible to eliminate them completely but with a planned and coordinated approach they can be significantly reduced and users can be taught to manage them effectively.

The school have adopted the PIES model which is the basis of it approach towards e-Safety and helps to manage and minimise its risk.

3.1 - Policies & practices
The e-Safety policy outlines the importance of ICT within and outside of education. It provides guidance on the schools approach to e-Safety and details a code of conduct for school staff and pupils. The policy aims to provide an agreed, coordinated and consistent approach to e-Safety. The code of conduct forms the basis of the schools expected behaviours regarding the use of technology and any infringements of the code of conduct will lead to disciplinary action against the perpetrator(s).
3.2 - Infrastructure & Technology

The schools educational network and access to the internet is provided by Croxteth Community Primary School through its IT partner Liverpool Direct Limited (LDL). This network provides a safe and secure 10Mbps broadband connection to the internet via the LDL data centres. There is a multi-layer security shield that provides dual-layer firewall protection, intruder detection/prevention, load balancing, content caching, data traffic analysis and virus protection. There is a cloud-based filtering service, Lightspeed, which filters internet content using the City Councils base policy. Lightspeed undertakes live scanning of all sites and blocks any threats or inappropriate websites. The infrastructure has been designed to minimise the risk of; users accessing inappropriate material, data being lost or accessed by unauthorised users, virus or malware threats. All internet and network activity is logged via the LDL data centre and can be retrieved if required in the event of an investigation.

The school is responsible for ensuring that the school infrastructure/network is as safe and secure as is reasonably possible.

3.3 - Education & training
As the use of technology and the potential risks associated with the use of the technology change rapidly, it is essential to ensure that the school community know how to use technology safely and responsibly. The school is committed to ensuring that staff receive regular training to keep up to date with new developments and ensure that they are sufficiently confident to educate pupils in the safe and responsible use of technology. The school have designed an e-Safety curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils and ensure their safety and well-being. The curriculum is reviewed and revised on a regular basis to ensure that it remains current. The school will also endeavour to provide information and training opportunities for parents and carers to raise their awareness of the technologies that their children are potential using and the risks that they potentially face.
3.4 - Standards & inspection
The school reviews its approach to e-Safety on a regular basis. Reference is also made to e-Safety in the annual 175-audit and through Ofsted inspections.

Policy Statements

Whilst the PIES model forms the basis of the schools approach to e-Safety the school will ensure that all access to the internet and ICT systems by pupils is effectively managed and supervised.

As part of the e-Safety policy the school will also manage:

 

The use of digital images and video

The development of digital imaging technologies has created significant benefits to learning, allowing school staff and pupils instant use of images they have recorded themselves or downloaded from the internet. School staff and pupils are made aware of the potential risks associated with storing, sharing and posting images on the internet and must follow the good practice detailed below.

 

Data Security & Protection

Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998 which states that personal data must be:

All school staff will ensure that:

 

Digital Communication

Digital communication is an area that is developing rapidly with new and emerging technologies, devices are becoming more mobile and information sharing/communication is becoming more sophisticated.

When using communication technologies the school ensures the following good practice:

 

Unsuitable/inappropriate activities

School ICT systems are only to be used for agreed, appropriate and suitable work related activities. Internet activity which is considered unsuitable or inappropriate will not be allowed and if discovered will lead to disciplinary action. Internet activity which is illegal will be reported and could lead to criminal prosecution.

Responding to incidents of misuse

It is hoped that all members of the school community will be responsible users of ICT, who understand and follow this policy. However, there may be times when infringements of the policy could take place accidentally, through careless or irresponsible or, very rarely, through deliberate misuse.

In the event of an e-safety incident it is important that there is a considered, coordinated and consistent approach. Incidents will be managed using the incident flowchart below.

All incidents will be recorded and reported to the relevant parties and organisations.