E Safety Policy

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Introduction

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the 21st Century is seen as 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, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our children with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the school’s Code of Practice for Safe Conduct.

ICT 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 including internal chat rooms
  • ·         Email
  • ·         Video Broadcasting
  • ·         Music Downloading
  • ·         Gaming
  • ·         Other mobile devices with web functionality including mobile phones

 

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

At St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils in e-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

This policy is inclusive of both fixed and mobile internet; technologies provided by the school; (such as PCs, laptops, webcams, whiteboards, digital video equipment, etc); and technologies owned by pupils and staff, but brought onto school premises (such as laptops, mobiles phones, camera phones and portable media players, etc).