Online Safety Policy

North Ealing Primary School

Please read this post regarding Online Safeguarding

Background

ICT in the 21st Century an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, NES needs to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access lifelong learning and employment.

Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:

  • Websites
  • Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
  • Email and Instant Messaging
  • Chat Rooms and Social Networking
  • Blogs and Wikis
  • Podcasting
  • Video Broadcasting
  • Music Downloading
  • Gaming
  • Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
  • Other mobile devices with web functionality

Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources and social media, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.

At North Ealing, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils about online safety issues as part of our safeguarding responsibilities; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical-thinking skills that enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

Both this policy and the Acceptable Use Agreement (for all staff, governors, visitors and pupils) are inclusive of both fixed and mobile internet; technologies provided by the school (such as PCs, laptops, personal digital assistants (PDAs), tablets, webcams, whiteboards, voting systems, digital video equipment, etc); and technologies owned by pupils and staff, but brought onto school premises (such as laptops, mobile phones, camera phones, PDAs and portable media players, etc).

The changes to data-protection introduced May, 2018, require that ALL of the school community accepts and adopts the role of ‘safe-guarder’ and accepts/adapts to the need for absolute commitment to the aims of the GDPR initiative – knowing that infringement of its requirements has far-reaching consequences to individuals, the school, the community and possible fines!

Roles and Responsibilities

Online safety is a key component of strategic leadership within the school: the Head and governors have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices outlined in this policy are embedded and monitored. The ICT Coordinator is also the online-safety co-ordinator at North Ealing although ALL staff must assume responsibility and observe due diligence both personally and for their pupils. All members of the school community have been made aware of who holds this post. It is the role of the online safety coordinator to keep abreast of current issues and guidance through organisations such as Ealing LA, Becta, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) and Childnet. S/he is also included in the Safeguarding Group and meets regularly if the Safeguarding lead/governor and pupil representatives.

Senior Management and Governors are updated by the Head/ online safety coordinator and all governors must have an understanding of the issues and strategies at our school in relation to local and national guidelines and advice. This policy, supported by the school’s Acceptable Use Agreements for staff, governors, visitors and pupils is to protect the interests and safety of the whole school community. It is linked to the following mandatory school policies: Safeguarding child protection, health and safety, home–school agreements, and behaviour/pupil discipline (including the anti-bullying and PSHE policies.

For the full Online safety Policy click button below:

Acceptable Use Agreement

Staff, Volunteers, Governors & Contractors

School lead for this policy
Nic Mehew
Committee with oversight for this policy
Curriculum & Standards
Policy to be approved by
Curriculum & Standards Committee
Policy last reviewed by the Curriculum & Standards Committee
20/06/2018
Policy last ratified and adopted by Full Governing Body
N/A
Policy / Document due for review
June 2021

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