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.
This e-Safety policy has been developed by a working group made up of:
- • School e-Safety Coordinator/Officer
- • Headteacher/Senior Leaders
- • Teachers
- • Support Staff
- • ICT Technical Staff
The policy has been shared with staff at staff meetings.
- • This e-Safety policy was approved by the Governing Body/Governors Sub Committee.
- • The implementation of this e-Safety policy will be monitored by the: ICT Co-ordinator.
- • Monitoring will take place at regular intervals.
- • The Governing Body will receive a report on the implementation of the e-Safety policy generated by the monitoring group (which will include anonymous details of e-Safety incidents) at regular intervals.
- • The e-Safety Policy will be reviewed annually, or more regularly in the light of any significant new developments in the use of the technologies, new threats to e-Safety or incidents that have taken place.
- • Should serious e-Safety incidents take place, the following external persons/agencies should be informed: parents, police, social services, and the L.E.A.
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.
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:
- • Access to terrorist or extremist material.
- • Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content.
- • Unauthorised access to/loss of/sharing of personal information.
- • The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet.
- • The sharing/distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge.
- • Inappropriate communication/contact with others, including strangers.
- • Cyber-bullying.
- • Access to unsuitable video/internet games.
- • An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet.
- • Plagiarism and copyright infringement.
- • Illegal downloading of (copyright protected) music or video files.
- • The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.
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.
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.
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
- • Data protection
- • Digital communications
- • Unsuitable/inappropriate activities
- • Incidents of misuse
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.
- • When using digital images, staff will inform and educate pupils about the risks associated with the taking, use, sharing, publication and distribution of images. In particular they will recognise the risks attached to publishing their own images on the internet e.g. on social networking sites.
- • Staff are permitted to take digital images and video to support educational aims, but must follow school policies concerning the sharing, distribution and publication of those images. Those images should only be taken on school equipment; the personal equipment of staff should not be used for such purposes.
- • Care will be taken when capturing digital images and video that pupils are appropriately dressed and are not participating in activities that might bring the individuals or the school into disrepute.
- • Pupils must not take, use, share, publish or distribute images of others without their permission.
- • Images and videos published on the school website, or elsewhere that include pupils will be selected carefully and will comply with good practice guidance on the use of such images.
- • Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on a website or blog, particularly in association with photographs.
- • Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school website.
- • Pupil’s work will only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents or carers.
Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998 which states that personal data must be:
- • Fairly and lawfully processed
- • Processed for limited purposes
- • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- • Accurate
- • Kept no longer than is necessary
- • Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
- • Secure
- • Only transferred to others with adequate protection.
All school staff will ensure that:
- • Care is taken to ensure the safe keeping of personal data, minimising the risk of its loss or misuse.
- • Personal data is used or processed on only secure password protected computers and other devices and that these devices are properly “logged-off” at the end of any session in which they are using personal data.
- • Data is transferred securely using encryption and secure password protected devices and email solutions.
- • When personal data is stored on any portable computer system, USB stick or any other removable media:
- • The data must be encrypted and password protected
- • The device must be password protected (many memory sticks / cards and other mobile devices cannot be password protected)
- • The device must offer approved virus and malware checking software
- • The data must be securely deleted from the device, in line with school policy (below) once it has been transferred or its use is complete
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:
- • The official school email service is regarded as safe and secure and is monitored. Staff and pupils should therefore use only the school email service to communicate with others when in school, on school business or on school systems.
- • Users need to be aware that email communications may be monitored.
- • Users must immediately report the receipt of any email that makes them feel uncomfortable, is offensive, threatening or bullying in nature and must not respond to any such email.
- • Any digital communication between staff, pupils or parents/carers (email, chat, VLE etc) must be professional in tone and content. These communications may only take place on official (monitored) school systems. Personal email addresses, text messaging or public chat programmes must not be used for these communications.
- • Whole class or group email addresses will be used at Key Stage 1, while pupils at Key Stage 2 and above will be provided with individual school email addresses for educational use.
- • Pupils will be taught about email safety issues, such as the risks attached to the use of personal details. They should also be taught strategies to deal with inappropriate emails and be reminded of the need to write emails clearly and correctly and not include any unsuitable or abusive material.
- • Personal information will not be posted on the school website and only official email addresses should be used to identify members of staff.
- • We have monitored Twitter (http://twitter.com/CroxtethPrimary) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CroxtethPrimarySchool) accounts. Outside school hours these services won't be monitored and nothing will be publicly posted. As part of this e-Safety policy, children are not to be named on social networks or tagged into posts or photographs - any posts that name children will be deleted and not posted. These rules are pinned and explained at the top of the social network pages.
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.
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.