The use of social networking and on-line media
As a school we promote life - long learning. This school asks its whole community to promote the 3 commons approach to online behaviour:
- Common courtesy
- Common decency
- Common sense
How do we show common courtesy online?
- We ask someone’s permission before uploading photographs, videos or any other information about them online.
o We do not write or upload ‘off-hand’, hurtful, rude or derogatory comments and materials. To do so is disrespectful and may upset, distress, bully or harass.
How do we show common decency online?
- We do not post comments that can be considered as being intimidating, racist, sexist, homophobic or defamatory. This is cyber-bullying and may be harassment or libel.
- When such comments exist online, we do not forward such emails, tweets, videos, etc. By creating or forwarding such materials we are all liable under the law.
How do we show common sense online?
- We think before we click.
- We think before we upload comments, photographs and videos.
- We think before we download or forward any materials.
- We think carefully about what information we share with others online, and we check where it is saved and check our privacy settings.
- We make sure we understand changes in use of any web sites we use.
- We block harassing communications and report any abuse.
Any actions online that impact on the school and can potentially lower the school’s (or someone in the school) reputation in some way or are deemed as being inappropriate will be responded to.
In the event that any member of staff, student or parent/carer is found to be posting libellous or inflammatory comments on Facebook or other social network sites, they will be reported to the appropriate 'report abuse' section of the network site.
(All social network sites have clear rules about the content which can be posted on the site and they provide robust mechanisms to report contact or activity which breaches this.)
In serious cases we will also consider legal options to deal with any such misuse.
The whole school community is reminded of the CEOP report abuse process: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/browser-safety/
Please see some parents comments below from the e-safety parent workshop.
'I think maybe the children should of been in this workshop to work alongside their parents and listen and learn and understand together.and then maybe the children would not feel like their parents were having a go at them when it is time to switch tablets etc off.' - Year 6.
'I find e-safety very helpful and had gave me useful information that I will look more into and enforce at my home.' Year 4.
'Very interesting and helpful. Helpful to know and understand the importance of the social media and internet on kids and family.' Year 1 and Nursery.
'Eye opening what can happen if you are not safe and how to make sure you know who your child is talking to.' Year 6.
The Internet is a brilliant resource for learning. Whilst we would never allow a child to cross a road without first teaching them road safety, the same principles must be applied when using technology.
E-Safety is about being positive about the good things the internet has to offer and to show an understanding of how our children use the internet, managing the risks to which they are exposed (just like we try to do in everything else).
Please find below a wealth of resources you can use with your child. In school E-safety is threaded throughout our Curriculum and we hold a dedicated E-safety week each academic year.
All of our children sign an Acceptable Use Policy.
You can also find a wealth of information here http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
It is important that your child is safe whilst they are on the computer. It is important that you make sure they are safe when using a computer.
Childnet have produced some excellent resources to help you keep your children safe online. Please click the link to access them - http://www.childnet.com/RESOURCES
For children in KS1- you can find out more information by clicking here: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/
For children in KS2- you can find out more information by clicking here: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
Although children under the age of 13 should not have a Facebook page and we would always discourage any of the children in our school from accessing Facebook, here is a document you may wish to use with older children or in the future.