ICT teaching should be broadened to incorporate Internet use
whenever this is appropriate.
The purpose of Internet access within the school is to raise
educational standards of children, to support the professional
work of staff and to increase the school’s management
information and business administration systems.
Using the Internet for effective learning
· Internet access will be planned to enrich lessons as
an integrated part of the curriculum.
· Pupils will be given clear objectives.
· Pupils will be given a list of relevant sites, or
directed to start searches through relevant search engines and
· Pupils using the Internet will be supervised
· Pupils will become responsible for accessing the
Internet themselves with teacher supervision.
· Pupils will be informed that regular checks of files
and documents can be made.
· The school and the LEA will work together with the
Internet Service Provider to ensure systems to protect pupils are
reviewed and improved as deemed appropriate.
· The Notts County Council internet facilities we use
at Croft are ‘Firewalled’ i.e access to unsavoury sites is
· The ICT Project Manager will carry out periodic
reviews of the entire system with regard to Internet security
breaches, seeking advice from the LEA on latest developments.
· Virus protection software will be regularly updated.
· DVDs, CDRoms and floppy disks are not to be brought
into school by children to avoid viruses and breaking licence
· E-mail attachments will not be allowed to be sent
without permission and checking by class teachers.
All passwords to both software and network
systems should not be shared by staff or children to preserve access
Sending and receiving E-mails is included in the national
Curriculum and QCA Scheme of Work and is an entitlement for
children, and a skill which must be taught.
Any pupil wishing to send and receive E-mail must agree that;
· Communication with persons and organisations will be
managed to ensure an appropriate educational use, and that the
good name of the school is maintained.
· Pupils may be asked to send E-mail as part of a
lesson using their ‘Class’ E-mail account.
· Incoming E-mail will be public knowledge. Incoming
mail comes into a ‘Class’ account and will always be vetted by
staff, prior to children receiving it. This will stop
inappropriate messages or chain E-mail from being delivered to
E-mail must be approved by a teacher, or other member of
staff, before being sent
Managing the World Wide Web
· During research projects on the Internet the children
should initially use links from the school website, and
subsequently child friendly search engines.
· Pupils will be expected to follow the guidelines laid
down for them at all times.
· In common with other media, such as magazines, books
and video, some material available via the Internet is unsuitable
for pupils. The school will take all reasonable precautions to
ensure that users access only appropriate material.
· Methods to minimise the risk will be reviewed
periodically by the ICT Project Manager.
· However, due to the International scale and linked
nature of information available via the Internet, it is not
possible to guarantee that particular types of material will never
appear on a screen. Neither the school nor Nottinghamshire County
Council can accept liability for the material accessed, or any
Children should only use the Internet when a member of staff is
present and has given them permission to use the computer for this
· The purpose of publishing children’s work is to
give them a positive experience and take pride in their work –
To this end we aim to publish their work onto the Internet and
provide the children with an audience of parents, relatives,
friends and the local community.
· The ICT Project Manager and class teachers will be
responsible for ensuring that work placed onto the school site is
appropriate, accurate, and well presented.
· All work published will be the pupils’ own work.
Where it is not, a clear indication of the original source will be
· Any correspondence regarding work published on the
site will be with the school, and not individuals.
· Photographs of children on the website will not carry
their Forename or Surname.
· Children will only have their first name and class
published for pieces of written work.
· Under no circumstances will a child’s surname,
address, or other personal contact details be released.
Security - Children will not be identified individually to
ensure all children are safe
· The ‘Rules for responsible Internet use’ will be
displayed close to each computer and in the ICT Suite.
· The policy will be explained to all staff before
· Parents will be informed of the Internet Access
Policy through letters and newsletters, and a copy will be posted
on the school website.
· Responsible Internet use, both at school and at home,
will be a part of the PSHE policy at its’ next review.
Misuse of the Internet
If a pupil misuses the Internet there are several sanctions
· The pupil may have their parents/carers informed,
· The pupil may be denied access to the Internet at
school for a specified period,
· The schools behaviour policy would also be used in
· If a complaint about the School Internet Access
policy is made the school will respond quickly.
· The responsibility for handling an Internet related
complaint will be with the Headteacher and ICT Project Manager.
· Pupils and parents will be informed of the procedure.
· Pupils and parents will need to work in partnership
with the school to resolve the issue.
· Any pupil discovering an unsuitable site must inform
their teacher immediately.
· The member of staff will record the Internet address
of the site before removing it from the screen. The details will
be passed to the ICT Project Manager who will inform the Internet
Service Provider (ISP) at this point in time Nottinghamshire
· If the need arises the police will be informed of the
Policy Written May 2001, David Brown ICT Project Manager