eSafety

eSafety

This policy provides guidance on e-safety for Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. The focus of the policy is to ensure that existing policies are applied to the digital environment. This policy is reviewed annually in line with current e-Safety guidance.

e-Safety is defined as all fixed and mobile technologies that children and young people may encounter, now and in the future, which allows them access to content and communications that could raise e-safety issues or pose risks to their well-being and safety.

Safeguarding children and young people, including e-safety, is everyone’s responsibility; e-safety is not a responsibility for just ICT staff. It needs to be considered as part of the overall arrangements in place that safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

e-Safety covers any issues relating to any communications using the Internet, mobile phones or other electronic communications technologies that can pose risks to a person’s well-being or safety.

The Risks

Acceptable Use Policy

All students, parents and staff are given an Acceptable Use Policy on an annual basis. This policy is regularly reviewed and sets out guidance for the acceptable, safe and responsible use of on-line technologies. Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College staff and students sign the Acceptable Use Policy at the start of an academic year, it is also as part of the induction of new staff.

eSafety Lead

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College has an e-safety lead person (Assistant Head ICT) responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the Acceptable Use Policy
  • Ensuring that the organisation’s policies and procedures include aspects of e-safety.
    For example: the anti-bullying procedures include cyberbullying and the child protection policy includes internet grooming
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of the filter system provider to it is set at the correct level for staff, children and young people
  • Report issues to the head of the organisation
  • Ensure that staff participate in e-safety training
  • Ensure that e-safety is included in staff induction

Managing Incidents

Diagram A: Responding to an Incident

Please refer to Diagram A which shows a flowchart on how to respond to an incident.

Any incident where it is considered a child or young person is at risk will be responded to in line with Trafford Safeguarding Children Boards Safeguarding procedures and referred to MARAT.

The Headteacher / Head of Pastoral Care / e-Safety lead will ensure that these procedures are followed in the event of any misuse of the internet.

This Policy is aligned to the Trafford Safeguarding Children Board e-Safety Policy and Strategy 2012 – 15.

Inappropriate Contact

  1. Report to the Headteacher / Head of Pastoral Care / e-Safety lead who will follow relevant internal policy
  2. Advise the child or young person on how to terminate the communication and save all evidence
  3. Contact the child or young person’s parent(s)/carer(s)
  4. Contact the police on (0161) 865 7555
  5. Log the incident
  6. Identify support for the child or young person

Bullying

  1. Report to the Headteacher / Head of Pastoral Care / e-Safety lead
  2. Advise the child or young person not to respond to the message
  3. Refer to relevant policies including anti-bullying, e-safety and AUP and apply appropriate sanctions
  4. Secure and preserve any evidence
  5. Contact the child or young person’s parent(s)/carer(s)
  6. Consider informing the police on (0161) 865 7555 depending on the severity or repetitious nature of the offence
  7. Log the incident
  8. Identify support for the child or young person

Malicious / Threatening Comments Towards a Child, Young Person or Organisation Staff

  1. Report to the Headteacher/ Head of Pastoral Care /e-Safety lead
  2. Secure and preserve any evidence
  3. In the case of offending web-based e-mails being received, capture/copy “the header” info, if possible.
  4. Inform and request that the comments are removed from the site/block the sender
  5. Inform the police (0161) 865 7555 as appropriate
  6. Log the incident
  7. Identify support for the child or young person

Viewing of Inappropriate / Illegal Websites

  1. Report to the Headteacher/ Head of Pastoral Care /e-Safety lead
  2. If illegal report to the police on (0161) 865 7555
  3. If illegal images have been viewed (child pornography/extreme pornography) a member of staff or the police should seize the computer to ensure that evidence can be preserved so that it can be presented in a court of law at a future date if necessary. Even as part of an investigation staff should not view images of child pornography or extreme pornography as it is illegal
  4. Inform the parents
  5. If inappropriate, refer the child/young person to the AUP that was agreed and reinforce the message
  6. Contact the filtering software provider/IT section to notify them of the websites viewed
  7. Decide on an appropriate sanction
  8. Log the incident in full
  9. Identify support for the child or young person

eSafety Action Plan

Raise awareness and understanding of e-safety issues amongst children and young people.

Make e-safety a talking point for children and young people inside and outside the school environment Participate in the international Safer Internet day – second week in FebruaryUse the “Think you know” resources for starters/plenaries in ICT lessonsThe inclusion of e-safety questions (cyber bullying) on any wider anti-bullying surveys and questionnaires.
Increase awareness of resources that support children to behave safely on-line thinkuknow.co.uk >

Raise awareness and understanding of E-safety issues amongst parents and carers.

Improve levels of awareness amongst parents and cares of the risks posed to children and young people by their use of technology.Improve levels of awareness of parents and carers of ways of mitigating the risks posed to children and young people.Improve awareness amongst parents and carers of available resources in this area Host a Parents/Carers Event about Internet SafetyProvide a link to e-Safety resources from the College website.

thinkuknow.co.uk >