Internet Access Policy

Overview

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 links.

Pupils using the Internet will be supervised appropriately.

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.

Security

The Notts County Council internet facilities we use at Croft are ‘Firewalled’ i.e access to unsavoury sites is blocked.

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 agreements.

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 restrictions.

Managing E-Mail

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 children.

E-mail must be approved by a teacher, or other member of staff, before being sent

Managing the World Wide Web

Research

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 consequences thereof.

Children should only use the Internet when a member of staff is present and has given them permission to use the computer for this purpose.

Publishing

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 given.

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

Informing pupils

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 being accepted.

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 available;

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 these situations.

Complaints Procedure

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 County Council.

If the need arises the police will be informed of the situation.

Policy Written May 2001, David Brown ICT Project Manager

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