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1 Wilsthorpe Community School Online Safety Policy REVIEWED March 2016

2 Introduction This Online Safety Policy has been written by the school, building on LA policy and government guidance. It has been agreed by the senior management and approved by governors. It will be reviewed annually. Scope This policy applies to all members of the school community (staff, students, volunteers, parents / carers) 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 Head teachers, to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of students 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 Online 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 out of school. Roles and Responsibilities Governors: Governors are responsible for the approval of the Online Safety Policy and for reviewing the effectiveness of the policy. Head Teacher/Senior Leadership: The Head Teacher is responsible for ensuring the safety (including Online Safety) of members of the school community, although the day to day responsibility for Online Safety will be delegated to the Online Safety Coordinator, who will report to a designated Senior Leadership Team member, who will ensure that: o The Online Safety Coordinator and other relevant staff receive suitable CPD to enable them to carry out their Online Safety roles and to train other colleagues, as relevant o There is a system in place to allow for monitoring and support of those in school who carry out the internal Online Safety monitoring role. This is to provide a safety net and support to those colleagues who take on important monitoring roles o There are regular monitoring reports from the Online Safety Coordinator. o The Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team are fully aware of the procedures to be followed in the event of a serious Online Safety allegation being made against a member of staff.

3 Online Safety Coordinator: Takes day to day responsibility for Online Safety issues and has a leading role in establishing and reviewing the school Online Safety policies and related documents Ensures that all staff are aware of the procedures that need to be followed in the event of an Online Safety incident taking place. Provides training and advice for staff Liaises with the Local Authority Liaises with school ICT technical staff Receives reports of Online Safety incidents and creates a log of incidents to inform future Online Safety developments. Reports regularly to the Senior Leadership Team/Governors that: o the school s ICT infrastructure is secure and is not open to misuse or malicious attack o the school meets the Online Safety technical requirements outlined in the Local Authority Security Policies, Acceptable Usage Policy and any other relevant Local Authority or Government Online Safety Policy and guidance o users may only access the school s networks through a properly enforced password protection policy, in which passwords are regularly changed o the school s filtering policy is applied and updated on a regular basis and that its implementation is not the sole responsibility of any single person o they keep up to date with Online Safety technical information in order to effectively carry out the Online Safety role and to inform and update others as relevant o the use of the network / Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / remote access / is regularly monitored in order that any misuse / attempted misuse can be reported to the /Head teacher / Senior Leadership for investigation / action / sanction o monitoring software / systems are implemented and updated as agreed in school policies Teaching and Support Staff: Teaching and Support Staff should ensure that: They have an up to date awareness of Online Safety matters and of the current school Online Safety policy and practices. They have read and understood the school Online Safety Policy They report any suspected misuse or problem to the Online Safety Coordinator /Head teacher/senior Leadership for investigation / action / sanction. Digital communications with students ( / Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / voice) should be on a professional level and only carried out using official school systems. Online Safety issues are embedded in all aspects of the curriculum and other school activities. Students understand and follow the school Online Safety Policy. Students have a good understanding of research skills and the need to avoid plagiarism and uphold copyright regulations. They monitor ICT activity in lessons, extra-curricular and extended school activities.

4 They are aware of Online Safety issues related to the use of mobile phones, cameras and hand held devices and that they monitor their use and implement current school policies with regard to these devices. In lessons where internet use is pre-planned students should be guided to sites checked as suitable for their use and that processes are in place for dealing with any unsuitable material that is found in internet searches. Designated Safeguard Lead (DSL) The DSL should be trained in Online Safety issues and be aware of the potential for serious child protection issues to arise from: sharing of Data Protection access to illegal / inappropriate materials inappropriate on-line contact with adults / strangers potential or actual incidents of grooming cyber-bullying Students: Are made aware in lessons, form time and by login scripts that they should use the school ICT systems in a responsible way to ensure that there is no risk to their safety or the safety of others or the school ICT systems Should have a good understanding of research skills and the need to avoid plagiarism and uphold copyright regulations. Need to understand the importance of reporting abuse, misuse or access to inappropriate materials and know how to do so. Will be expected to know and understand school policies on the use of mobile phones, digital cameras and hand held devices. They should also know and understand school policies on the taking / use of images and on cyber-bullying. Should understand the importance of adopting good Online Safety practice when using digital technologies out of school and realise that the school s Online Safety Policy covers their actions out of school, if related to their membership of the school. Parents/Carers: Parents and carers will be responsible for: endorsing the school Online Safety policy by reinforcing this with their children accessing the school website / VLE / in accordance with the policy.

5 The Wilsthorpe Community School Internet and Digital Online Safety Policy Policy Rules The importance of Internet access The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote student achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school s management information and business administration systems. Internet access is an entitlement for those students who show a responsible and mature approach to its use. Educational benefits of Internet access access to world-wide educational resources including museums and art galleries and online libraries; inclusion in government initiatives; educational and cultural exchanges between students world-wide: cultural, vocational, social and leisure use in libraries, clubs and at home; access to experts in many fields for students and staff; staff professional development through access to national developments, educational materials and access to advice on good curriculum practice; communication with support services, professional associations and colleagues; improved access to technical support including remote management of networks; exchange of curriculum and administration data with the LA and DFE. Enhancing learning using the Internet The school Internet access will be designed expressly for student / staff use and will include filtering appropriate to category of user. Students will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use. Internet access will be planned to enrich and extend learning activities particularly through the use of the school VLE and research projects. Access levels will be reviewed regularly to reflect the curriculum requirements and age of students. Staff will guide students in on-line activities that will support the learning outcomes planned for the students age, ability and maturity. Students will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge search, retrieval and evaluation. Evaluating Internet content Students will be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy. Students will be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using Internet material in their own work. If staff or students discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content must be reported to ICT Support Services in the first instance

6 Managed Students must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive . Students must not reveal details of themselves or others in communication, such as address or telephone number, or arrange to meet anyone. Access in school to external personal accounts may be blocked. sent to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised before sending, in the same way as a letter written on school headed paper. The forwarding of chain letters is expressly forbidden. Managing Web site content The point of contact on the school Web site will be the school address, school and telephone number. Staff or students home information must not be published. Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained and the students approval sought before photographs of students are published on the school Web site. The Head teacher or his nominee will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content on the school Web site is accurate and appropriate. The Web site will comply with the school's guidelines for publications. The copyright of all material must be held by the school, or be attributed to the owner where permission to reproduce has been obtained. Using News Groups Newsgroups will be made available to students only where an educational requirement for their use has been demonstrated. Using Chat applications Students will not be allowed access to public or unregulated chat rooms. Students may only use regulated educational chat environments such as those provided by the VLE. This use will be supervised by teachers and the importance of chat room safety emphasised. A risk assessment will be carried out before students are allowed to use any new communication technology in school. Managing emergent Internet technologies Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed. Mobile phones will not be used during lessons or formal school hours, unless instructed to do so by a member of staff. The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden

7 Authorising and managing Internet access The school will keep a record of any students whose parents have specifically requested that internet or access be denied. Students will be provided with supervised Internet access Risk assessment In common with other media such as magazines, books and video, some material available via the Internet is unsuitable for students. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school nor the LA can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access. The use of computer systems without permission or for inappropriate purposes could constitute a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act Methods to identify, assess and minimise risks will be reviewed regularly. The Head teacher will ensure that the Online Safety policy is implemented and compliance with the policy monitored. Internet filtering The school will work in partnership with parents, the LA, DFE to ensure systems to protect students are reviewed and improved. If staff or students discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content must be reported to ICT Support Services. Senior staff will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable. Appropriate filtering strategies will be selected by the school. The filtering strategy will be selected to suit the age and curriculum requirements of the student. Introducing the policy to students Rules for Internet access will be posted in all rooms where computers are used. Students will be informed that Internet use will be monitored. Instruction in responsible and safe use will precede Internet access. Staff consultation and responsibilities All staff are governed by the terms of the Online Safety Policy in school. All staff including teachers, supply staff, classroom assistants and support staff, will be provided with the Online Safety Policy and its importance explained. Staff should be aware that Internet traffic can be monitored and traced to the individual user. Discretion and professional conduct is essential.

8 The monitoring of Internet use is a sensitive matter. Staff who operate monitoring procedures should be supervised by senior management. Staff development training and information in safe and responsible Internet use and on the school Internet policy will be provided as required. ICT System security The school ICT systems are reviewed regularly with regard to security. Virus protection is installed and updated regularly. Sensitive Data sent over the Internet will be encrypted or otherwise secured. System utilities and executable files will not be allowed in students or staff work areas or attached to . Files held on the school s network will be regularly checked. Handling complaints Responsibility for handling incidents will be delegated to the Designated Safegaurd Lead in the first instance. Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the Head teacher. Students and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure. Parents and students will need to work in partnership with staff to resolve issues. There may be occasions when the police must be contacted. Early contact should be made to establish the legal position and discuss strategies. Sanctions available include: o interview/counselling; o informing parents or carers; o removal of Internet or computer access for a period, which could ultimately prevent access to files held on the system, including examination coursework. Parental support Parents attention will be drawn to the School Online Safety Policy on the school website. Issues arising out of Internet misuse will be handled sensitively to inform parents without causing undue alarm. A partnership approach with parents will be encouraged. This should include demonstrations, practical sessions and suggestions for safe Internet use at home. Advice and access to filtering systems and educational and leisure activities that include responsible use of the Internet will be made available to parents. Interested parents will be referred to organisations such as Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), ThinkUKnow and

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