Online Safety Policy
The aim of this policy is to inform all staff of best practice around online safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject. It is our responsibility to safeguard young people and protect staff from false accusations of improper conduct so that together we can ultimately maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike.
This policy applies to all members of the school community (including staff, pupils, volunteers, parents/carers, visitors, community users) who have access to and are users of school ICT systems, both in and out of the school.
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers Headteachers to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of pupils when they are off the school site and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents of cyber-bullying or other Online Safety incidents covered by this policy, which may take place outside of the school, but is linked to membership of the school. The 2011 Education Act increased these powers with regard to the searching for and of electronic devices and the deletion of data.
The school will deal with such incidents within this policy and will, where known, inform parents/carers of incidents of inappropriate Online Safety behaviour that take place out of school.
You can download the full Online Safety Policy below.
Guidance and advice for parents and carers on online safety
There is a page on our school website which is designed to provide parents and carers with useful information and links to external websites about online safety. Click on the link below.