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E-Safety Parent/Carer Acceptable Use Policy Agreement

The acceptable use of computer network facilities at the Kingsway School
We are pleased to offer students the privilege of access to a computer network, the internet and e-mail. To enable this to happen, all students must follow the code of conduct (shown below). This is displayed to students using the school ICT network once a fortnight and they tick a box to say they have read, understand and accept it before they are allowed to login. Please contact the school if you do not wish your son/daughter to accept the student code of conduct and use the school ICT network.

What is expected?
Students are responsible for appropriate behaviour as users of the school’s network. It is expected that all network users will comply with the code of conduct below. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. The user is personally responsible for his/her actions in accessing and utilising the school’s computer resources. Students are advised never to keep, or send anything that they would not want their parents/guardians or teachers to see. Members of staff will actively monitor students to ensure that they are using the system responsibly.

What is possible?
Access to e-mail and the internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, museums and other sources of information and to exchange personal communication with other internet users around the world. The intention of the school is to use the internet for constructive educational goals. However, students may find ways to access other materials Parents/guardians should be aware that some material accessible via the internet might contain items that are defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive. To minimise the chances of this occurring the Kingsway School subscribes to the internet via Stockport Local Authority who screen for inappropriate materials. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the internet in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages. As parents/carers however, you are responsible for setting and conveying the standards your children should follow when using these media and information sources.

Student Code of Conduct

  • Do not use a computer to harm other people or their work.
  • Do not damage the computer or network in any way.
  • Do not interfere with the operation of the network by installing software, shareware or freeware.
  • Do not use the school network to access any files which infringe copyright laws, for example music, games and videos.
  • Do not plagiarise by using work from the internet or other network users as if it is your own.
  • Do not take or distribute images of anyone without their permission.
  • Do not request, view, send or display offensive messages or pictures.
  • Do not share your password with another person.
  • Do not waste limited resources such as disk space or printing capacity.
  • Do not trespass in other users’ folders or files.
  • Do notify an adult immediately, if you encounter materials which are inappropriate. For example an offensive email.
  • When using the internet, never reveal your personal details or those of others, or arrange to meet anyone without the express permission of a member of staff.
  • Do not use school ICT systems for personal or recreational use unless I have permission to do so.
  • The school will monitor your use of the ICT systems, email and other digital communications
  • Be prepared to be held accountable for your actions.

The control and use of images at the Kingsway School
The use of digital still images and digital video has opened up exciting and highly effective ways of enhancing learning in schools. They also provide enormous potential to add colour and excitement to a range of school publications and displays, in a range of media including digital publication on the intranet or internet.

It must be recognised, however, that there is a potential for images to be misused and therefore The Kingsway School has developed an e-safety policy to protect the rights, safety and welfare of members of the school community.

There may be occasions when staff record images of students in the following situations: -

  • Where identifiable images are to be used for teacher training.
  • Where identifiable images are to be retained for future demonstration.
  • Where identifiable images are to be published in school publicity or website.
  • Where identifiable images are to be used in the press or media.

Cyber Safety - Some simple ways to keep children safe online

  • Get to know your child’s online habits. Children are inquisitive. They will look to explore the internet as much as they do the real world. Knowing the sites they go to, the people they meet there and what they do will help to keep children safe.
  • Stay alert to any sudden changes in mood or appearance, or to any major change in habits or to increased secretiveness. These are often tell-tale signs that something is not right.
  • Keep lines of communication open - tell your child they can always talk to you or another trusted adult, such as a teacher, if they do end up in some sort of trouble on the internet. Make children aware that there are things on the internet which may distress them.
  • Spend some time surfing the internet yourself. The more that you know about the internet, the better able you are, in turn, to help your child navigate around it without coming to any harm.
  • Install internet filtering software showing a Child Safety Online Kitemark on your computer. Filtering products with a Kitemark have been independently tested to provide a simple and effective means of support to parents, helping to ensure that a child’s online experience is a safe one. The Kitemark scheme is sponsored by the Home Office and Ofcom.
  • Be aware of professional sources of help. These include:
    • Thinkyouknow: The main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.
    • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the Government body dedicated to eradicating abuse of children. Concerns about inappropriate contacts between a child and an adult, including online, can be reported directly to CEOP.
    • The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal e.g. child sex abuse images, other obscene material or material which incites racial hatred, you can report it to the IWF.
    • A number of specialist websites contain general advice that may be of help to parents. These include NSPCC, Action for Children, Barnardos, and Bullying UK.
    • Other sites can offer parents support on broader issues. This includes Family Lives.
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