e-Safety

School Mission Statement

Our schools offer a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment for every child. All individuals get the chance they deserve and the opportunity to develop skills for life. The Christian ethos of the schools is underpinned by the Christian values of friendship, honesty, responsibility, respect, perseverance and forgiveness. We all work together to ensure that our schools are a happy and exciting place in which to learn and to inspire a sense of awe and wonder. Children leave us with the potential to become respected, independent and tolerant members of society.

Rationale

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 young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment. At the Sledmere and Wetwang Federation, we understand that we have a responsibility to educate our pupils on e-safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

 

Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including: web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognize 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
  • 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, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.

Aims 

  • To provides opportunities within a range of curriculum areas to teach children about e-safety.
  • To educate pupils on the dangers of technologies that they may encounter outside of school. This will be done both informally when opportunities arise and as part of the e-safety curriculum.
  • To make pupils aware of the relevant legislation when using the internet such as data protection.
  • To teach pupils about respecting other people’s information, images, etc through discussion, modelling and activities.
  • To make pupils aware of online bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by these issues. Pupils will also be made aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies; i.e. class teacher /e-safety coordinator – Mrs Chadwick.
  • To critically evaluate the materials they find and learn good searching skills through the ICT curriculum.E-safety in the Curriculum  
  • Our policy, supported by the school’s acceptable use agreements for staff, governors, visitors and pupils (appendices), is to protect the interests and safety of the whole school community. It is linked to the following mandatory school policies: child protection, health and safety, home–school agreements, and behaviour (including the anti-bullying) policies.  ICT and online resources are increasingly used across the curriculum. We believe it is essential for e-safety guidance to be given to the pupils on a regular and meaningful basis. E-safety is embedded within our curriculum and we continually look for new opportunities to promote e-safety.