E-Safety Policy

for Worcestershire Primary Schools

The potential that technology has to impact on the lives of all citizens increases year on year. This is probably even truer for children, who are generally much more open to developing technologies than many adults. In many areas, technology is transforming the way that schools teach and that children learn. At home, technology is changing the way children live and the activities in which they choose to partake; these trends are set to continue. While developing technology brings many opportunities, it also brings risks and potential dangers of which these are just a few:

  • Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content
  • Allowing or seeking unauthorised access to personal information
  • Allowing or seeking unauthorised access to private data, including financial data
  • The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet.
  • The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge
  • Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Access to unsuitable video / internet games
  • An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet
  • Plagiarism and copyright infringement
  • Illegal downloading of music or video files
  • The potential for excessive or addictive use which may impact on social and emotional development and learning.

This policy sets out how we strive to keep children safe with technology while they are in school. We recognise that children are often more at risk when using technology at home (where we have no control over the technical structures put in place to keep them safe) and so this policy also sets out how we educate children about the potential risks. We also explain how we attempt to inform those people who work with our children beyond the school environment (parents, friends and the wider community) to be aware and to assist in this process. Our school’s e-safeguarding policy has been written from a template provided by Worcestershire School Improvement team which has itself been derived from that provided by the South West Grid for Learning.

 

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