Internet Access

St Paul's C of E Primary School

Internet Access Policy

Introduction
We will allow children, teachers, other employees and where appropriate, the community, access to our computers, network services, and the Internet. All children's activities, when using the network and Internet in school, will be in support of education and/or research and will be appropriate to the educational objectives of the school.

Aims

To provide opportunities for staff and children to: 

• explore thousands of libraries, databases, museums, and other repositories of information;
• exchange personal communication with other Internet users around the world;
• be included in Government initiatives and global educational projects;
• keep abreast of news and current events;
• take part in live discussion with experts;
• exchange curriculum and administrative data with the LA, DfE and other schools.

Effective Use

Internet access will be planned to enrich and extend learning activities as an integral aspect of the curriculum. Children will: 

• be given clear objectives of Internet use;
• be educated in responsible and effective Internet use;
• be supervised appropriately;
• learn to search for and discriminate between valid and inappropriate material;
• learn to copy, save and use material found on the Internet without infringing copyright.

Safety
Internet access at St Paul's CE (VA) Primary School is filtered by Cambridgeshire's Local Education Authority but ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. The LA's customised filtering allows the children to only view pages:
1. that have not been identified as inappropriate i.e. not on the 'Blacklist' or
2. which have been selected for viewing i.e. on the 'Whitelist'

Personal Security Guidelines

Children will: 

• never reveal personal information, either their own or others, such as home addresses, telephone numbers and personal Email addresses;
• not use photographs of themselves on Web pages unless the parent or guardian has given permission to do so;
• never meet people in person that they have contacted on the Internet without parent/guardian permission;
• notify their teacher whenever they come across information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate, or make them feel uncomfortable;
• be aware that the author of an Email or Web page may not be the person they claim to be.

Managing Email

Email addresses of classes are not advertised publicly. Email is only used in school within the STARZ system. When receiving Email children are encouraged to reply promptly and courteously. Email may contain attached documents and files. These could potentially carry viruses. Users are requested to ensure that a virus-checking program is loaded before opening any Email attachments.

Access Permission
Children are responsible for appropriate behaviour on the school's computer network just as they are in the classroom or on the school playground. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules and our Behaviour Policy apply and it is expected that users will comply with the guidelines of this policy. Children are personally responsible for their actions when using school equipment to access computer resources outside the school network.

Copies of our 'Internet Access Agreement' are displayed in classrooms.

Parental Support
A letter (Appendix 2) explaining the need to gain parental consent for children to access the internet and our 'Internet Access Agreement' (Appendix 1) is sent to parents. The agreements are signed by parents and pupils could potentially have unfiltered, unsupervised Internet access at home. All parents should be aware of the concerns and benefits of Internet use and support our Internet code of practice at home.

Usage Rules and Guidelines
Privacy
Teachers and staff may review documents and log files to ensure that children are using the system responsibly.
Software
Children should never download, load or install any software, shareware, or freeware, or load any such software from floppy disks, unless they have permission from their teacher. Children may not copy other people's work or intrude into other people's files without permission.
Inappropriate materials or language
Profane, abusive or impolite language should not be used to communicate nor should materials be accessed which are not in line with the rules of school behaviour. A good rule to follow is never view, send, or access materials that you would not want your teachers or parents to see. Should children encounter such material, they should immediately report it to their teacher. Children are only allowed in chat rooms with teacher permission.
No Internet games may be played during school hours.
The Law
Children should never use the computers to engage in activities that may be in violation of the law.

Acceptable Use Policy
Members of staff are asked to sign up to our Acceptable Use Policy which can be seen in Appendix 3.

 

St Paul's Primary School Internet Access Policy 


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