E-Safety Policy

1 Rationale

  • The Internet is an essential element in 21st Century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.
  • The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management information and business administration systems.


2 Aims By using the Internet we aim to:

  • communicate with support services, professional associations and colleagues;
  • develop staff professional development through access to national developments, educational materials and good curriculum practice;
  • access experts in many fields for pupils and staff;
  • develop educational and cultural exchanges between pupils world-wide and enhance cultural, vocational, social and leisure use in libraries, clubs and at home;
  • access world-wide educational resources including museums and art galleries;
  • improve access to technical support including remote management of networks;
  • exchange curriculum and administration data with the LEA and DfES.


3 Learning Outcomes

  • The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils.
  • Pupils will be taught what is acceptable and what is not acceptable and given clear objectives for Internet use.
  • Internet access will be planned to enrich and extend learning activities. Access levels will be reviewed to reflect the curriculum requirements and age of pupils.
  • Staff should guide pupils in on-line activities that will support the learning outcomes planned for the pupils’ age and maturity.
  • Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location and retrieval.

4 How will pupils learn to evaluate Internet content?

  • If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content will be reported to the Internet Service Provider via the ICT co-ordinator.
  • Pupils should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.

·         Pupils will be taught to acknowledge the source of information and to respect copyright when using Internet material in their own work.


5 The ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ of using the Internet

  • Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system.
  • Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive e-mail.
  • Pupils must not reveal details of themselves or others, such as address or telephone number, or arrange to meet anyone in e‑mail communication.
  • The point of contact on the Web site should be the school address, school e-mail and telephone number. Staff or pupils’ home information will not be published.
  • Web site photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully and will not enable individual pupils to be clearly identified.
  • Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the Web site, particularly in association with photographs.
  • The head teacher or nominee will take overall editorial responsibility for the website and ensure content is accurate and appropriate.
  • The copyright of all material must be held by the school, or be attributed to the owner where permission to reproduce has been obtained.
  • Pupils will not be allowed access to chat rooms.
  • Mobile phones will not be used during lessons or formal school time. The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden.6 How Internet access is authorised.


  • The school will keep a record of all staff and pupils who are granted Internet access.
  • At Key Stage 1, access to the Internet will be by adult demonstration with occasional directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.
  • At Key stage 2 pupils will be supervised and teacher-directed activities will make use of appropriate safe-search engines and online tools.
  • Parents will be informed that pupils will be provided with supervised Internet access.
  • Parents will be asked to sign and return a consent form/ contract granting permission for their child to access School Internet resources.
  • Use of the internet outside of lesson times will be at the discretion of the adult supervising the children. Children may only use the internet with permission.



  1. How Photos, Images and Work Will be Published.

We consider our school website to be an asset to the school, providing a useful link between home and school. Work and photographs may be published on the website, to celebrate our achievements. No personal information or details will be published alongside pictures other than a first name if deemed necessary.


The headteacher alongside the Senior leadership team will take responsibility for making decisions regarding the acceptability of published data.


All school material published, e.g. on the school website, prospectus, etc will comply with the school’s guidelines for publications including respect for intellectual property rights, privacy policies and copyright.


  1. Risk Assessment
  • 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. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school nor KCC can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.
  • Methods to identify, assess and minimise risks of accessing inappropriate materials are detailed in:            b) Section 10 of this document – Relating to pupil conduct.
  •             c) Section 13 of this document – Relating to staff awareness.
  • a) Section 9 of this document – relating to ISP Internet Filtering and staff selection of Internet search keywords, screening of Internet search result listings and web-sites selected for use.
  • Methods to identify, assess and minimise risks will be reviewed regularly.
  • The ICT co-ordinator along with the headteacher will ensure that education/ technology shows are attended to attempt to keep abreast of emerging technology. The policy will be amended as the need arises; however it will be reviewed annually at the least.
  • The head teacher will ensure that the e-Safety policy is implemented and compliance with the policy monitored.

9. Filtering

We operate a number of strategies to filter access to Internet materials in order to minimise the possibility that pupils may access content of an inappropriate nature.


At St. Joseph’s we make use of the filtering system performed by EIS. In addition, staff will seek to enhance the screening of web-sites made available to pupils by:

  1. a) NEVER allowing aimless surfing of the Internet.
  2. b) Wherever possible avoid the pupil searching for a site of pertinence – teachers are to search and have the web-site available to the children as a link. Teachers will have visited the site previously and checked its content.
  3. c) When Internet search skills are the focus of the lesson teachers are to select specific, unambiguous keywords to be entered by pupils into search engines. Teachers are to only allow children to enter sites within such a search that the teacher has previously visited and checked. Where the use of a search-engine is a required element of the lesson, a safe-search will be used; by accessing Google safe-search through the home page or by addressing the children to Yahooligans..

Despite careful design, filtering systems and teacher screening cannot be completely effective due to the speed of change of Web content.

  • If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL (address) and content must be reported to the Internet Service Provider via the ICT co-ordinator.
  • Any material that the school believes is illegal must be referred to CEOP, through the ICT Coordinator.
  • Any such inappropriate event must be reported to the child-protection manager.

10. Introducing e-Safety to Pupils

  • Rules for Internet access will be posted near all computer systems.       The pupil will sign to agree to act responsibly within the contract. Parents will sign to allow use of the Internet at school within this framework. Failure to act within the contract is the pupil’s own responsibility and the opportunity to use the Internet may be withdrawn from such children.
  • Pupils will be informed that Internet use will be monitored.
  • Instruction in responsible and safe use should precede Internet access.
  • From Year 3 all children will have a unit of work based on Think You Know e-safety Unit of learning to make them aware of the potential dangers of the internet.. This will be delivered as part of the school PPA provision.
  • All pupils will have assemblies, either whole school, as a key-stage or as a year group, relating to e-Safety. These will be provided by the e-Safety Coordinator.
  • All pupils will complete a questionnaire annually on e-Safety.
  1. How Will Data Be Protected

All computers, within school, will be password protected. All computers will be locked or have been logged off, to prevent users from accessing information not relevant to them. All children in Key Stage 2 as well as all staff will be provided with an individual user account.


All data held on a removable media or portable device will be password protected and where feasible encrypted. Equally any personal information and data sent over the internet will be sent using a school email address.


All members of teaching staff will be provided with a school email account through the Kent Learning Zone using an initialsurname@st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk format. All children will only be allowed to use school email accounts in exceptional cases, approved by the Senior Leadership Team to enhance the curriculum provision. In such cases children must use an account using the yearX@st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk. These accounts will be monitored and may only be used for school purposes. Anybody found to be using school email accounts for personal/social reasons may have their account suspended.


  1. Dealing With eSafety Incidents

All members of the school community will be informed of the procedures for dealing with e-Safety concerns. The DCPC along with the eSafety co-ordinator will keep a record/ log of any incidents and the actions taken. The school will manage any incident in accordance with other policies, including but not limited to the Behaviour/ Anti-Bullying/ ICT/ Safeguarding Policy. The school will inform parents of any concerns or issues it deals with.


There are clear procedures in place to deal with cyber-bullying within our Anti-Bullying Policy.


Any complaints will be dealt with according to our complaints procedure (see complaints section below).


13. Staff Involvement

It is important that teachers and learning support assistants are confident to use the Internet in their work. The School Internet Policy will only be effective if all staff subscribe to its values and methods.

  • All staff must accept the Agreed user document before using any Internet resource in school.
  • All staff including teachers, supply staff, classroom assistants and support staff, will be provided with the School Internet Policy, and its importance explained.
  • Staff development in the safe and responsible Internet use, and on school Internet policy will be provided as required.
  • Staff must ensure that any mobile devices, for personal use, brought into school sre not accessible by the children.
  • There will be training provided by the e-Safety co-ordinator, following CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) guidance and school policy.

14. How should website content be managed?

The following four points are listed in Section 5 (the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of Internet use) are emphasised:

  • The point of contact on the Website should be the school address, school e-mail and telephone number.
  • Staff or pupils’ home information will not be published.
  • Web site photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully and will not enable individual pupils to be clearly identified.
  • Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the website, particularly in association with photographs.
  • Written permission from parents or carers, will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school website.
  • The headteacher or nominee will take overall editorial responsibility and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate. Additionally:
  • The website should comply with the school’s guidelines for publications.
  • The copyright of all material must be held by the school, or be attributed to the owner where permission to reproduce has been obtained.15. Learning Platforms/ Learning Environments As a school we are happy to embrace new technology that supports the children’s learning. We currently use Right2learn and are starting to move towards using the Kent Learning Zone. However there are key issues that need to be understood be all parties involved.
  • An effective learning platform or learning environment can offer schools a wide range of benefits to teachers, pupils, parents as well as support management and administration. It can enable pupils and teachers to collaborate in and across schools, can share resources and tools for a range of topics, create and manage digital content and pupils can develop online and secure e-­portfolios.
  • SLT and staff will monitor the usage of the LP by pupils and staff regularly in all areas, in particular message and communication tools and publishing facilities.
  • All users will be mindful of copyright issues and will only upload appropriate content onto the LP. Only members of the current pupil, parent/carers and staff community will have access to the LP. When staff, pupils etc leave the school their account or rights to specific school areas will be disabled or transferred to their new establishment.
  • Any concerns with content may be recorded and dealt with in the following ways:
  1. The user will be asked to remove any material deemed to be inappropriate or offensive.
  2. The material will be removed by the site administrator if the user does not comply.
  3. Access to the LP for the user may be suspended.
  4. The user will need to discuss the issues with a member of SLT before reinstatement. e) A pupil’s parent/carer may be informed.


16. Complaints procedure:

  1. a) Initial complaints about misuse should be made to the class teacher with the e-Safety coordinator informed.
  2. b) The class teacher will attempt to resolve the issue in line with the detail of the St. Joseph’s e-Safety policy.
  3. c) Should the matter remain unresolved then the e-Safety coordinator will seek a resolution.
  4. d) If despite the e-Safety coordinator’s involvement the complaint remains then the Headteacher will be informed.


  • Pupils and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure.
  • Parents and pupils will need to work in partnership with staff to resolve issues.
  • As with drugs issues, there may be occasions when the police must be contacted. Early contact could be made to establish the legal position and discuss strategies.
  • Sanctions available include: – interview/counselling by head; – informing parents or carers; – removal of Internet or computer access for a period, which could prevent access to school work held on the system, including examination coursework.
  • Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with child protection procedures.
  • For further information please see the Complaints Procedure.


17. How will parents’ support be enlisted?


  • Parents’ attention will be drawn to the School’s e-Safety Policy.
  • Parents are to sanction their child’s use of the School’s Internet facilities, by signing the e-Safety rules. Parents are to reinforce the importance of compliance on the part of their child.
  • Internet issues will be handled sensitively to inform parents without undue alarm.
  • There will be training provided by the e-Safety co-ordinator, following CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) guidance and school policy.



  1. Review


Our e–Safety Policy has been written by the e-Safety Coordinator, building on the KCC e–Safety Policy and government guidance. It has been agreed by the Senior Leadership Team and approved by governors.


Reviewed December 2015

Reviewed at least annually.


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
CT10 2BA


Tel / Fax: 01843 861738
Email: office@st-josephs-broadstairs.kent.sch.uk


Kent Catholic Schools Partnership
Website: kcsp.org.uk
Telephone: 01622 232662

Executive Principal
Mr Chris Wright

Academy Principal
Mrs Kay Millership

Chair of Governors
Mrs Ann Yandell

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