Review Date: June 2017

Review Officer: Head of ICT/ School Counsellor

                                              E-Safety Policy

 

Rationale
New technologies have become integral to the lives of students in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school.

The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and students learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Students should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.

The requirement to ensure that students are able to use the internet and related communications technologies appropriately and safely is addressed as part of the wider duty of care to which all who work in schools are bound. The QIS E-Safety policy will help to ensure safe and appropriate use. The implementation of this policy needs to involve all the stakeholders in a child’s education from the head teacher and governors to the senior leaders and classroom teachers, support staff, parents, members of the community and the students themselves.

QIS requires that all users of the Internet abide by this policy as well as any local and International laws that relate to Online Child Protection, Family Rights, Stalking or Harassment and Hacking.

Aims
The aims of this policy is to guide students (and their parents / carers), staff and other users of the QIS Internet network to be responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use.

•         The use of technology can put students at risk within and outside the school. Some of the dangers they may face include:

•         Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content

•         Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers

•         Cyber-bullying

•         The loss and / or damage to personal data

•         The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.

The use of technology can put students at risk within and outside the school. Many of these risks reflect situations in the off-line world and it is essential that this E-Safety Policy is used in conjunction with other school policies (e.g. behaviour, anti-bullying and safeguarding policies).

As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential, through good educational provision to build students’ resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks.

This policy applies to all members of the school community (including staff, students / pupils, volunteers, parents / carers, visitors, community users) who have access to and are users of school ICT systems, both in and out of school.

This policy will also be used to regulate the behaviour of students when they are off the school site and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents of cyber-bullying or other e-safety incidents covered by this policy, which may take place out of school, but is linked to membership of the school.

The school will deal with such incidents within this policy and associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents / carers of incidents of inappropriate e-safety behaviour that take place in or out of school.