Internet Safety Policy
As part of the school curriculum and the development of ICT skills, Laghey Primary School provides supervised access to the Internet. We believe that the use of the Internet is worthwhile and is an essential skill for children as they grow up in the modern world
STEPS WE TAKE TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
Use of a Filtered Service
Access to the Internet is provided through a filtered service. All access is provided through the C2K service which is designed to effectively filter out any unsuitable material.
No filtering service is 100% effective, therefore all children’s use of the Internet is supervised by an adult.
Use of the internet is a planned activity. Aimless surfing is not allowed. Children are taught to use the Internet in response to a need e.g. a question which has arisen from work in class. Websites are reviewed by teachers and are revisited to ensure that they are suitable for children’s curriculum needs and ability levels.
Search engines are used selectively. Teachers will choose the search engine and topic and discuss sensible search words which have been tried out beforehand.
Restrictions on E-mail
In some instances children may have access to a group e-mail address or school C2K email address to communicate with other children as part of a particular project. Messages sent and received in this way are supervised by a teacher.
Internet Safety Rules
Children are taught to be Internet Wise. Children are made aware of Internet Safety Rules and are encouraged to discuss how to cope if they come across inappropriate material.
In the event that we establish a school website we will adhere to the following guides.
- Children will only be referred to by their first names.
- Any images of children will not be labelled with their name.
- Children and teachers will not reveal their personal details, home addresses or telephone numbers on the website.
- Children do not have individual e-mail addresses.
- Website links selected by teachers may be put on the website for pupils to access outside of school – sites will be previewed and checked regularly
POINTS FOR CHILDREN TO CONSIDER
ALWAYS FOLLOW THESE SMART TIPS!!
S = SECRET – Always keep your name , address, phone numbers and passwords private .
M = MEETING - meeting someone you have contacted in cyberspace can be extremely dangerous. Only do so with your parent/carer's permission and only if they are present.
A = ACCEPTING – accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don’t really know or trust can get you into trouble – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
R = Remember – Remember someone online may be lying and not be who he or she say they are. Never communicate with anyone online without your parent’s/carer’s consent.
T = TELL –Tell your parent/carer/teacher if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.