E-Safety encompasses Internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones. This policy highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences. This policy will operate in conjunction with other school policies including those for ICT, behaviour, bullying, PSHCE and child protection. This policy has been developed out of guidance issued by the Children, Families and Education Directorate.
Why is Internet use important?
- The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management functions.
- Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning.
- Internet access is an entitlement for students who show a responsible and mature approach to its use.
- The Internet is an essential element in 21st Century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.
- Pupils use the Internet widely outside school and will need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.
How does the Internet benefit education?
Benefits of using the Internet in education include:
- Access to world-wide educational resources including museums and art galleries;
- Inclusion in government initiatives such as the National Grid for Learning (NGfL) and the Virtual Teacher Centre (VTC) and ICT Mark (Becta);
- Educational and cultural exchanges between pupils world-wide;
- Cultural, vocational, social and leisure use in libraries, clubs and at home;
- Access to experts in many fields for pupils and staff;
- Professional development for staff through access to national developments, educational materials and effective curriculum practice;
- Collaboration across support services, professional associations and between colleagues;
- Improved access to technical support including remote management of networks and automatic system updates;
- Access to tools of direct communication, including video conferencing and email. • Exchange of curriculum and administration data with KCC and DCSF.