Hartsholme Academy - E-Safety for Children Policy - Updated July 2020
The use of ICT within schools has enormous benefits to education; however there are reasons why the school and the local authority must put some restrictions in place. Examples include:
ICT equipment is very expensive to buy and maintain
The schools and the local authority have a duty of care to ensure that you are safe and that you are not exposed to illegal or inappropriate content.
It is hoped that these restrictions do not interfere with your education, but if you feel otherwise you are encouraged to talk to a member of staff to discuss any issues.
Please note that internet and email use may be subject to monitoring.
Use of the Internet
The internet is provided to help you with learning activities such as research, online activities, online educational games and many other things. The internet is not to be used to access anything which is illegal, or anything that someone else may find offensive. This would include discrimination, racial or religious hatred. If you are unsure, or if you come across anything you feel is inappropriate, you should close your laptop lid or turn your computer monitor off and let your teacher know. Never try to bypass the security as this will be monitored.
Every device has a password/passcode in order to access content and the internet.
Access to social networking (for example Facebook) is not allowed at Hartsholme Academy. However, you should be reminded that access to such sites is restricted to children of 13 years and above. When using the internet at home you should remember the e-safety lessons you have had at school. You should try to remember the following:
Never upload pictures or videos of others without their permission.
It is not advisable to upload pictures or videos of yourself, videos and pictures can easily be manipulated and used against you.
Never make negative remarks about the school or anyone within the school.
Always keep your personal information private to invited friends only and never post personal information such as your full name, date of birth, address, school, phone number etc. Consider using a nickname and only inviting people you know.
Beware of fake profiles and people pretending to be somebody else. If something doesn’t feel right follow your instincts and report it to an appropriate adult.
Never create a false profile as a joke and pretend to be somebody else. This can have serious consequences.
Never chat to anyone that you don’t know or don’t recognise.
Never meet a stranger after meeting them online. If you do, always inform your parents and take one of them with you.
You should never try to bypass any of the security in place, this includes using proxy bypass sites. This security is in place to protect you from illegal sites, and to stop others from hacking into other people’s accounts.
You should never take information from the internet and use it as your own. A lot of information is copyright, which means that it is owned by somebody else and it is illegal to use this information without permission from the owner. If you are unsure, ask your teacher.
When using a school email account or posting on a blog or wiki, always be polite and don’t swear. Consider what you are saying, and how it might be read by somebody else. Without emoticons it is difficult to show emotions in things like emails and blogs, and some things you write may be read incorrectly.
Mobile phones must be handed to your class teacher at the start of each day and collected at the end of each day. Mobiles phones must not be used on school premises - they must go in your bag before you enter the school gates. However, if you have a mobile, the same safety issues apply as social networking sites.
CEOP is a part of the UK police force dedicated to the eradication of child sexual abuse. There is an excellent educational programme, as well as advice and videos for all ages on their website.
IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) provides the UK hotline to report criminal online content.
BBC - a fantastic resource of e-safety information for the younger child.
Cybermentors is all about young people helping and supporting people online.
Digital citizenship is about building safe spaces and communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy - using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.
Acceptable use of Computers and E-Safety Policy for Pupils
At Hartsholme Academy I understand that using the computer network is a privilege, which could be taken away from me.
When using the computers and iPads, I will:
Always behave sensibly, respecting other members of the school.
Never access any material on the network which may be considered offensive by others.
Never attempt to bypass any of the security in place, this includes using proxy bypass sites.
Close down any offensive material, which has been accessed by mistake, and report to my teacher.
Be polite at all times, both to those around me and those I contact through the network.
Never enter my address, telephone number, photograph or any others details about me or anyone else.
Only enter the school address after I have got permission from my teacher, and will never enter the school telephone number.
Report any offensive message I receive through the network to my teacher.
Not waste my time playing non-educational games.
Not download any game or other programmes without the permission of my teacher.
Never take information from the internet and use it as my own. If I am unsure whether information is copyright, I will ask my teacher.
Not use my mobile phone on school premises.
I agree to follow these rules whenever I use a computer at school.
Pupil Signature: _______________________________ Date: __________
Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________ Date: __________