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E-Safety Policy

Policy statement

IOANID Preschool International Education has a commitment to keeping children safe and healthy and the E-safety policy operates at all times under the umbrella of the Safeguarding Policy. The e-safety policy is the implementation of the Safeguarding policy in relation to electronic communications and use of all types.

Introduction

The Internet is now regarded as an essential resource to support teaching and learning. Computer skills are vital to accessing life-long learning and employment. It is important for children to learn to be e-safe from an early age and the school can play a vital part in starting this process.

In line with other school policies that protect pupils from other dangers, there is a requirement to provide pupils with as safe an internet environment as possible and a need to begin to teach them to be aware of and respond responsibly to possible risks.

1. Core Principles of Internet Safety

The internet is becoming as commonplace as the telephone or TV and its effectiveness use is an essential life-skill. Unmediated internet access brings with it the possibility of placing children in embarrassing, inappropriate and even dangerous situations.

2. The E-Safety Policy is built on the following care principles:

Guided educational use

Significant educational benefits should result from internet use including access to information from around the world. Internet use should be carefully planned and targeted within a regulated and managed environment. A list with rules of using the computer (pictures and short child friendly sentences) will be placed near the computer area.

Risk assessment

We have a duty to ensure children in the school are not exposed to inappropriate information or materials. We also need to ensure that children know how to ask for help if they come across material that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Responsibility

Internet safety in the school depends on ICT technician, staff, parents, cares and visitors taking responsibility for the use of internet and other communication technologies such as mobile phones. It is the school’s responsibility to use technical solutions to limit internet access and to monitor their effectiveness. See the Safeguarding Policy-Technology and Online Safety.

These solutions will be revised yearly or each time it is necessary.

3. Why is it important for pre-school children to access the internet?

The internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. IOANID Preschool International Education has a duty to provide children with quality internet access as part of their learning experience. School internet access will be tailored expressly for educational use and will include appropriate filtering, as per Safeguarding Policy. Pupils will learn appropriate internet use. Staff will guide pupils in online activities that will support their learning journeys The internet is also used in the school to support the professional work of staff, to allow effective planning and to enhance the school’s management information and business administration systems.

4. How will filtering be managed?

The school’s technician responsible for systems support will ensure that the appropriate filters are applied to the PCs in the classrooms and to the PCs in the office.

A secure DNS was installed on the network router which filters and blocks the access on adult websites.

We also have set up ‘child user’ accounts on the class computers.

The only browser installed on the classroom computers is Google Chrome.

The Safe Search option for the Google Chrome was set, which filters the adult content.

The Google Chrome Block Sites extension was set which blocks the adult websites and shows a picture of a puppy instead.

 This ICT Technician will also review the sites accessed.

Staff will set up and monitor the websites being used by the children during sessions.

If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites have been accessed or have ‘popped’ on any school computers, they must be reported to the Head of School and ICT Technician immediately so that filters can be reviewed.

5. Managing Content

Staff are responsible for ensuring that material accessed by children is appropriate and for ensuring that the use of any internet derived materials by staff or by children complies with copyright law.

The point of contact on the website should be the school address, school e-mail and telephone number. Staff or children’s home information will not be published.

Website photographs that include children will be selected carefully and will not allow individual children to be clearly identified, unless the parents/carers gave their written approval while filling in the GDPR form.

Pupils full names will not be used anywhere on the website. Written permission from parents or carers for featuring their child on the website is requested when each child starts at the nursery and parents/carers wishes are followed at all times.

 

 

6. Communication

Managing e-mail

Children will not have access to e-mail.

Staff using e-mail will use a school e-mail address. This address must not be used for personal e-mail.

On-line communications and social networking

On-line chat rooms and social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter will not be used in school, on the computers. Staff might use these chats on their personal telephones, only in the staff room during their lunch breaks or in the office.

Staff will not discuss individual children or their setting on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site.

Mobile technologies

Mobile phones are to be put away during school hours. Staff are permitted to use their mobile phones in the office and in the staff room area. The taking of photographs on mobile phones is permitted only if the classroom camera gets broken during the day. The photographs are to be uploaded immediately on the school computer and deleted immediately from the telephone. Any member of staff using their own laptop must adhere to the e-safety policy in all matters relating to the school.

7. Parents and e-safety

Parents/carers attention will be drawn to the nursery e-safety policy.

8. Handling Complaints

Any complaints about the appropriate use of the internet or other technologies will be handled through the Complaints procedure.

 

Approved on April 2019 to be reviewed on August 2019.