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E-Safety

This Policy should be read in conjunction with other policies which include:

  • Data Protection
  • Mobile phone and other electronic devices
  • Photographic evidence
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding

We believe that:

  • The internet provides instant access to a wealth of up to the minute information and resources from across the world, which would not ordinarily be available
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) provide students with a platform for personalized and independent learning
  • Provides students with up to date learning and factual information from around the world
  • The internet and social net working sites enable students to research information outside of ordinary school hours and thus accelerate the potential for learning

We also believe that electronic learning:

  • Equips students with the necessary skills that they need for future employment and other life skills

However we also recognise:

  • Students might inadvertently access content of an unsavoury, distressing or offensive nature on the internet or receive distasteful or offensive electronic messages
  • Students might receive unwanted or inappropriate emails from unknown senders or may be exposed to Cyber bullying
  • Students may be groomed online and make themselves susceptible to abuse – this includes students being made the victim of extremist or radicalisation content

We believe that the advantages of the internet and electronic learning outweighs the risks involved so long as users are made aware of the issues and concerns and receive guidance and education in choosing and adopting safe practices and behaviour

 

Procedures for using PC’s at Trinity Christian School:

  • Students and all other users must access the network using their own logons and passwords. These must never be disclosed or shared.
  • Users must respect confidentiality and attempts should never be made to access another persons individual folder on the network without permission to do so.
  • Software should not be installed without prior permission from Mr Fisher (person responsible of managing the network working with Jim Towell).
  • Machines must never be left logged on and left unattended. If machines are to be left unattended they should be locked (Ctrl+alt+del followed by lock computer) or logged off.
  • Machines must be logged off after use and shut down at the end of school.
  • All students from Y1 – Y11 must sign an E Safety User Agreement before given access to the internet.
  • Parents and carers are required to sign a consent form before allowing students to use the internet
  • The internet must only be accessed for professional or educational purposes (staff must not use the internet to access social networking sites, shopping sites or for other uses which is in connection with their private lives).
  • Students must be supervised at all times while using the internet
  • Rules and procedures for safe internet use must be clearly communicated with students and must be displayed in rooms with internet usage
  • Accidental access to inappropriate sites (racist, abusive, pornographic or otherwise) must be reported to the teacher and a note will be taken of the offending site and blocked
  • Internet and filtering software is installed at Trinity Christian School
  • Internet activity will be monitored regularly by staff (Mr Fisher) and a half termly report given to the school’s SMT and Governors
  • Students and other users must never disclose personal details about themselves or others
  • Bullying, harassment or any kind of Cyber abuse will not be tolerated. Sanctions will be applied to the user who breaks this code (regardless of if the offence occurs outside of school hours or off school site)
  • If students or users are bullied or made to be victims of Cyber bullying they should report the offence to Mr. Stewart (designated School Lead) – and evidence kept of the abuse
  • Antivirus software is installed and kept up to date at Trinity Christian School
  • All users should seek permission from the teacher before down loading any files

Procedures for instant messaging:

  • The use of instant messaging (MSN, Yahoo Messenger etc) is not permitted at Trinity Christian School

 

Procedures for the use of a camera at Trinity Christian School:

  • Staff and students should use the designated school camera located in the School Office.
  • Staff should download images on the day that images are taken or ask the Office Staff to do so.
  • Staff are not permitted to use personal digital equipment, such as mobile phones and cameras, to record images of pupils, this includes when on field trips. However with the express permission of the Headteacher, images can be taken provided they are transferred immediately and solely to the school’s network and deleted from the staff device.
  • Students must never upload images onto social networking sites (which includes tagging) without permission
  • Parents must not take photos of other peoples children and should never upload photos on social networking sites (e.g. Facebook) without permission from the child’s parents

 

Procedures for the use of mobile phones:

  • Students are banned from using mobile phones. All students must hand their mobile phone to the Form teacher during morning registration. The phone will be returned during final afternoon registration

 

Mr. Andrew Fisher is the designated person for managing the computer system. In line with our dedication to ensure E-Safety he is required to make frequent checks to ensure that no material is being viewed by students and staff. Mr. Fisher will produce a half termly HEALTH CARE REPORT and make this available for SMT and Gov viewing. This report is in line with the schools Data Protection Policy

Mrs. Gemma Deakin is the designated person for managing the school webpage and Facebook page.

Mr Jim Towell is the designated person for maintaining our computer system from an external organization called Adoni software company.

 

Trinity Christian School offers a wireless network – to maintain e-safety this is encrypted and protected by a password. This password is only given to staff on a need to know basis and is NEVER SHARED WITH PUPILS OR VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL (including parents).

The practices and procedures in this Policy will be subjected to an annual review.

 

 

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