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Introductory Statement

§  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.
§  Use of email, mobile phones, Internet messaging and blogs all enable improved communication and facilitate the sharing of data and resources.
§  Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) provide children and/or young adults with a platform for personalised and independent learning.

Dangers associated with the Internet and emerging new technologies.

Children and/or young adults might inadvertently access content of an unsavoury, distressing or offensive nature on the Internet or receive inappropriate or distasteful emails.

Children and/or young adults might receive unwanted or inappropriate messages from unknown senders via email or via files sent by Bluetooth. They might also be exposed to abuse, harassment or ‘cyber-bullying’ via email, text or instant messaging, in chat rooms or on social-networking websites, such as MySpace, Bebo, Facebook,  
Chat rooms provide cover for unscrupulous individuals to groom children. 

Social and educational benefits to be derived

Children and/or young adults are equipped with skills for the future.
The Internet provides instant access to a wealth of up-to-date information and resources from across the world, which would not be otherwise available.
The Internet helps to improve children’s and/or young adults’ reading and research skills.
Email, Instant Messaging and Social Networking helps to foster and develop good social and communication skills.

It is important to note that these far outweigh the risks involved so long as users are made aware of the issues and concerns and receive ongoing education in choosing and adopting safe practices and behaviours.

This policy focuses on each individual technology available within the school and outlines the procedures in place to protect users and the sanctions to be imposed if these are not adhered to.

Procedures for Use of a Shared School Network

This section outlines what users must and must not do when using a PC / laptop connected to the school network.

Users must access the school network using their own logons and passwords. These must not be disclosed or shared.    

Users must respect confidentiality and attempts should not be made to access another individual’s personal folder on the network without permission.

Software should not be installed, nor programmes downloaded from the Internet, without prior permission from the person responsible for managing the network.

Removable media (e.g. pen drives / memory sticks and CD-ROMs) must be scanned for viruses before being used on a machine connected to the network.

Machines must never be left ‘logged on’ and unattended. If a machine is to be left for a short while, it must be ‘locked.’ (Ctrl+alt+del followed by ‘lock computer’).

Machines must be ‘logged off’ correctly after use

The wireless network, must be encrypted to prevent outsiders from being able to access it.

Procedures for Use of the Internet and Email

Outline of the procedures for safe Internet and Email use as agreed by Mersey Drive Community Primary School.   

All users must sign an Acceptable Use Agreement before access to the Internet and email is permitted in the establishment.  These must be completed on entry to Key Stage One. All forms to be stored centrally in the school office.

Parental or carer consent is required in order for children to be allowed to use the Internet or email.

The Internet and email must only be used for professional or educational purposes.

Children must be supervised at all times when using the Internet and email. Children are advised to tell an adult if they accidently open an image or click on an inappropriate pop-up.

Accidental access to inappropriate, abusive or racist material is to be reported without delay to the Headteacher and a note of the offending website address (URL) taken so that it can be blocked. The internet service is provided by Bury council and software is used to monitoring and control website access. 

Internet and email use will be monitored by the Bury council regularly in accordance with the Data Protection Act.  

Users must not disclose any information of a personal nature in an email or on the Internet. This includes mobile and home phone numbers, addresses, or anything else which might allow them to be identified.

All emails sent should be courteous and the formality and tone of the language used appropriate to the reader. No strong or racist language will be tolerated.  Sanctions, appropriate to the case, will be imposed on any users who break this code.

All emails sent from a school email account will carry a standard disclaimer disassociating the school and the Local Authority with the views expressed therein. 

Bullying, harassment or abuse of any kind via email will not be tolerated. Sanctions, appropriate to the case, will be imposed on any users who break this code.

If users are bullied, or offensive emails are received, this must be reported immediately to a trusted adult or member of staff within the school. Emails received should not be deleted, but kept for investigation purposes.

Anti-virus software is used on all machines and this is regularly updated to ensure its effectiveness.

Users must seek permission before downloading any files from the Internet.

All users will be made aware of Copyright law and will acknowledge the source of any text, information or images copied from the Internet.

Procedures for Use of Instant Messaging (IM), Chat and Weblogs

The use of Instant Messaging (e.g. MSN messenger) is not permitted.

Use of Social Networking websites, such as Bebo, MySpace, Facebook, Habbo, and Piczo is not permitted.

Children/Young adults and staff must not access public or unregulated chat rooms.

Procedures for Use of Cameras, Video Equipment and Webcams

Permission must be obtained from a child’s parent or carer before photographs or video footage can be taken. If parents wish to take photographs during a performance, the must sign a disclaimer, which will be kept on file. (Appendix 1)

Photographs or video footage will be downloaded immediately and saved into a designated folder. This will be ‘password-protected’ and accessible only to authorised members of staff.

Any photographs or video footage stored on cameras must be deleted immediately once no longer needed. Save them to the password protected ‘school photo’ folder on class works drive on the school server.

Any adult using their own camera, video recorder or camera phone during a trip or visit must transfer and save images and video footage into a ‘password-protected’ folder onto a school computer immediately upon their return. We recommend you use school cameras where possible. 

 Webcams must not be used for personal communication and should only be used with an adult present.

Children / Young adults and staff must conduct themselves in a polite and respectful manner when representing the school in a video conference or when corresponding via a webcam. The tone and formality of the language used must be appropriate to the audience and situation.  

Procedures to ensure safety of the school’s website

The Headteacher is responsible for approving all content and images to be uploaded onto its website prior to it being published.

The school website should be subject to frequent checks to ensure that no material has been inadvertently posted, which might put children / young people or staff at risk.

Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected.

Permission must be obtained from parents or carers before any images of children can be uploaded onto the school website.

Names must not be used to identify individuals portrayed in images uploaded onto the school website. Similarly, if a child / young person or member of staff is mentioned on the website, photographs which might enable this individual to be identified must not appear.  

When photographs to be used on the website are saved, names of individuals portrayed therein should not be used as file names.

Procedures for using mobile phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

Children who walk home alone in Year Six may bring mobile phones into school. Parents must complete the schools mobile policy and disclaimer. Mobiles must be stored in the school office, children must hand them into the office each morning. They will be kept in the school safe, until the child collects the phone at home time.

All staff must ensure that their mobile phones or PDAs are switched off or on silent mode during the school day. It is expected that staff use their phones during their designated break times, away from children.

Procedures for using wireless games consoles/i pods

Not only might their presence lead to instances of theft, but as children can also connect to the Internet and play against other people online, they represent the same dangers as public chat rooms

 Their use by children is not permitted at Mersey Drive. The use of a games console that is NOT connected to the internet is permitted, during breakfast club hours. Online educational games that have been verified, are allowed.

Sanctions to be imposed if procedures are not followed

Letters may be sent home to parents or carers (if applicable).

Users may be suspended from using the school’s computers, Internet or email, etc. for a given period of time / indefinitely.

Details may be passed on to the police in more serious cases.

 

Concluding Statement

The procedures in this policy will be subject to ongoing review and modification in order to keep up with advances in the technology coming into the school and that this policy will not remain static. It may be that staff / young adults / children might wish to use an emerging technology for which there are currently no procedures in place. It is therefore advisable to state that the use of any emerging technologies will be permitted upon completion and approval of a risk assessment, which will be used to inform future policy updates.

 

This Policy was agreed by the Governing Body on   September 2017

It will be reviewed on September 2018

Named Governor is   Dr Fiona Maynard

Named Staff member is  Chloe Pereira

 

Staff, Governor and Visitor

Acceptable Use Agreement / Code of Conduct 

ICT and the related technologies such as email, the internet and mobile devices are an expected part of our daily working life in school.  This policy is designed to ensure that all staff, governors and visitors are aware of their professional responsibilities when using any form of ICT.  All staff, governors and visitors are expected to sign this policy and adhere at all times to its contents.  Any concerns or clarification should be discussed with the Headteacher the school e-Safety coordinator. 

I will only use the school’s email / Internet / Intranet / Learning Platform and any related technologies for professional purposes or for uses deemed ‘reasonable’ by the Head or Governing Body.
I will comply with the ICT system security and not disclose any passwords provided to me by the school or other related authorities.
I will ensure that all electronic communications with pupils and staff are compatible with my professional role.
I will only use the approved, secure email system(s) for any school business.
I will ensure that personal data (such as data held on SIMS/Integris) is kept secure and is used appropriately, whether in school, taken off the school premises or accessed remotely.  Personal data can only be taken out of school or accessed remotely when authorised by the Head or Governing Body.
I will not install any hardware of software without permission of the headteacher
I will not browse, download, upload or distribute any material that could be considered offensive, illegal or discriminatory.
Images of pupils and/ or staff will only be taken, stored and used for professional purposes inline with school policy and with written consent of the parent, carer or staff member.  Images will not be distributed outside the school network without the permission of the parent/ carer, member of staff or Headteacher.
I understand that all my use of the Internet and other related technologies can be monitored and logged and can be made available, on request, to my Line Manager or Headteacher. 
I will respect copyright and intellectual property rights.
I will ensure that my online activity, both in school and outside school, will not bring my professional role into disrepute.
I will support and promote the school’s e-Safety policy and help pupils to be safe and responsible in their use of ICT and related technologies.
I will not upload content that is inappropriate, offensive or even illegal to my online spaces at school or personal, or post material that could damage the reputations or the reputations of others, or breach intellectual property rights.
Posting material that could damage the reputation of the school or the reputation of staff and pupils will be dealt with formally and could lead to disciplinary action.

 

User Signature

I agree to follow this code of conduct and to support the safe use of ICT throughout Bury & Whitefield Jewish Primary school

 

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BWJPS  Pupil Acceptable Use

Agreement / eSafety Rules

I will only use ICT in school for school purposes.
I will only use my class email address or my own school email address when emailing.
I will only open email attachments from people I know, or who my teacher has approved.
I will not tell other people my ICT passwords.
I will only open/delete my own files.
I will make sure that all ICT contact with other children and adults is responsible, polite and sensible.
I will not deliberately look for, save or send anything that could be unpleasant or nasty.   If I accidentally find anything like this I will tell my teacher immediately.
I will not give out my own details such as my name, phone number or home address.  I will not arrange to meet someone unless this is part of a school project approved by my teacher and a responsible adult comes with me.
I will be responsible for my behaviour when using ICT because I know that these rules are to keep me safe. 
I know that my use of ICT can be checked and that my parent/ carer contacted if a member of school staff is concerned about my eSafety.  

 

User Signature 

I agree to follow this code of conduct and to support the safe use of ICT throughout the school

 

Signature …….………………….………… Date ……………………

 

Full Name ………………………………….........................................(printed)