E-Safety is essentially safeguarding children and young people in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a positive way, and about supporting children and young people to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).
E-Safety encompasses not only internet technologies, but also other means of electronic communications, such as mobile phones, games consoles and wireless gadgets. There has been an increasing convergence of technologies over recent years, for example, MP3 players and electronic readers that can access the internet, and mobile phones and hand held devices that can take photos, play games, access the internet and play music.
- Pupils will be taught to question information before accepting it as true.
- The school will ensure that use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.
- Pupils will be made aware that the writer of an E-mail or the author of a Web page may not be the person claimed.
- Pupils will be encouraged to tell a teacher immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable.
This school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. The Internet is part of the statutory curriculum and an entitlement for pupils as part of their learning experience. It is used in this school to raise educational standards, promote pupil achievement and as a necessary tool for staff to support their professional work. The Internet also enhances the school’s management information and business administration systems.
However, in common with other media such as magazines, books and videos, some material available via the Internet is unsuitable for pupils. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school nor North Somerset Council can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.
Our E-Safety policy has more detailed information about E-Safety and can be viewed on our school website here A paper copy can be requested from the school office.
Here are some useful links for accessing helpful information about E-Safety information and guidance:
Notes of E Safety Committee Meeting
Please see what our Post 16 Groups did for E Safety Day in February 2014: