E-SAFETY AND ICT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Educating Pupils about E-Safety
BICC acknowledges the importance of mobile devices and computers for communication and education as well as for recreation and socialising.
Yet unfortunately, we also realise that some individuals may use these technologies in a harmful way. The harm may range from sending cruel or abusive texts (cyber bullying), to alluring children to engage in sexually harmful conversations, webcam photography or face-to-face meetings. BICC educates students about e-safety issues in the following ways:
- Age-specific assemblies
- PSHE lessons
- External speakers such as e-safety experts
Reporting E-Safety Concerns
Any student, member of staff or parent who has an e-safety concern should refer it to the Designated Safeguarding Principal, who will take any necessary action in line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy.
Students E-Safety Guidelines:
Using the Network
- I will only log on to the system with my own username and password.
- I will not intrude on another person’s files in their directory.
- I will only access data from CD ROMs or USB keys with prior permission.
- I will not use the computers in a destructive way or change the data stored on them in any way.
- I will make sure my account is logged off at the end of each session and that I return any peripherals.
Using electronic communications
- Whenever I am online I will not aggravate, or harass others with offensive, abusive, or threatening language in any electronic communication.
- I will not provide any personal contact details (address, phone number) or make arrangements to meet anyone using any electronic communication.
- If I receive any electronic communication that I do not like, I will tell a trusted person straight away.
- I will ask for permission to open any electronic attachment if I am suspicious of its content.
Using the Internet
- I will not try to deliberately access any inappropriate Internet site.
- I will not download games, music or video from the Internet
- I will respect other people’s copyright and not download text written by someone else to use as my own.
The school filter blocks Social Media sites such as Instagram and Facebook.
However, Students are reminded that regardless of where their posting originates, any posting of comments, photographs or videos to these sites, YouTube or similar sites which would be insulting to the school or the school community, or threaten, disgrace, or bully members of staff or other students, is strictly prohibited and may result in the school taking disciplinary action.
- I understand that my computer activities may be monitored from time to time.
- I understand the school may check my files, the electronic communications I send and receive and the web sites I visit.
- I understand that if I deliberately break these rules it may result in disciplinary action being taken by the school or a higher authority.
- The school may exercise its right to check the use of the network facilities by monitoring access to web sites, intercept email and delete inappropriate material where unauthorised use is believed to take place to ensure that the rules above are being followed.
These rules have been designed to create a safe environment for you to access the Internet and use the computers for learning. If they are broken a pupil may be banned from using the facilities outside lesson time.