The following policy is aimed to set out key principles of E-Safeguarding for all members of the school community at Carlinghow Princess Royal JI&N School. This scope of the policy will cover is as follows:
- What is E-Safeguarding?
- Why is it important?
- Who does it apply to?
- E-Safety regarding Teaching and Learning
- Managing and following procedure for E-Safeguarding.
What is E-Safeguarding?
E-Safety encompasses the use of new technologies, internet and electronic communications such as mobile phones, collaboration tools and personal publishing.
The use of technology provides many benefits such as broadening learning experiences and developing creativity in and outside of school. However, with it come plenty of risks as well. Therefore the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology is important in a number of ways to ensure that they become responsible and experienced users and also to ensure respect to the use of ICT based technologies.
How is E-Safeguarding important to us?
E-Safeguarding helps to allow the school community to become aware and promote safeguarding behaviour to the constant and changing dangers as listed below.
- Receiving inappropriate content;
- Predation and grooming;
- Requests for personal information;
- Viewing ‘incitement’ sites;
- Bullying and threats;
- Identity theft Publishing inappropriate content;
- Online gambling;
- Misuse of computer systems;
- Publishing personal information;
- Hacking and security breaches;
- Corruption or misuse of data.
Who does this policy apply to?
Based on this understanding, this policy applies to the whole school community including the Senior Leadership Team, school board of governors, all staff employed directly or indirectly by the school and all the pupils.
E-Safeguarding regarding Teaching and Learning
The key to developing safe and responsible behaviours for everyone within the school community lies in effective education. We have a duty to help prepare our pupils to safely benefit from the opportunities it brings.
- Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use, information and to take care of their own safety and security.
- Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.
- ICT resources will be used to allow children with disabilities to overcome learning barriers.
- Pupils will be made aware of how to report concerns and incidents including online bullying.
- As a school, we will discuss, reminds and raise relevant E-Safeguarding issues with pupils routinely wherever suitable opportunities arise during lessons, assemblies and through other themes or school events.
Managing and following Procedure for E-Safeguarding
- The school will be responsible in ensuring that access to ICT systems is a safe and secure as reasonably possible. This will involve the school’s internet access to be designed for pupils use and Internet use will enhance learning and will be supportive in raising educational standards and promoting achievement.
- Images that include pupils will be selected carefully and will not enable individual pupils to be clearly identified unless there is parental permission. Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the website, particularly in association with photographs. Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before images of pupils are electronically published.
In the case of any serious E-Safeguarding incidents, the following steps should be taken:
1. To log the incident down in an E-Safeguarding log. This record should be kept up to date.
However, If any of the incident involves a member of staff it must be referred to the Head Teacher, unless it is the Head Teacher in which case it should be referred to the Chair of Governors.
2. To ensure the recorded log is passed on to the Head teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This will help to provide a safety net and also support those colleagues who take on important monitoring roles.
3. If the matter needs to be taken further then contact will be made to help liaise to deal with the matter in the best way possible regarding the nature of the incident. This may involve liaising with other people present at the time of the incident, parents, computing co-ordinator, Child Protection Officer etc.
4. This incident should then be taken in regards to the Teaching and Learning aspect of the policy and if concerns needs to be addressed then they will first be discussed in the appropriate manner and timing, help promote an awareness to staying safe.
The policy and procedure will be maintained and reviewed when serious incidents occur to ensure incidents are being handled in the best way possible for the school community and also on a yearly basis to support with the National Curriculum and also the constant changes that ICT based technology provides.
DfE (DCSF) Documents
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2015)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE 2015)