The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As a school, we have a duty to provide learners with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.
Our school’s Internet access is designed for learners and includes filtering policies appropriate to the age of the pupils. Pupils are taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and are given clear objectives for Internet use. Pupils are educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation as well as the need to avoid plagiarism and uphold copyright regulations acknowledging sources of information used. Learners are taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.
E-Safety is a focus in all areas of the curriculum and staff reinforce e-Safety messages in the use of ICT across the curriculum. E-Safety rules are posted in all networked areas and rooms and discussed with the learners at regular intervals. Learners and staff are informed that network and Internet use is monitored and that misuse will be dealt with appropriately.
Staff and students sign an ‘Acceptable ICT Use Agreement’ before using any school ICT resource. The school keeps a record of any e-safety issues or violations of the user policies.
Parents & carers are asked to read through the Acceptable Use Policy [See below] with their child. This is acknowledged as part of the home/school agreements documents. Parents’ attention is drawn to the School’s E-Safety Policy, the school brochure and on the school Web site. All parents & Carers are offered the opportunity to attend a parental awareness and updating session, or watch the webinars on emerging e-Safety issues as they become available.
Acceptable Use Policy:
The safety of our children at Focus SBN is of the utmost importance and we strive to make our school a safe and welcoming environment for all our students, where they can access information and resources safely and without worry.
Any concerned related to E-Safety can be address directly to the CA team or Miss Ives, the School DSL & E-Safety Lead.
Read More – E-Safety week 2017 at SBN