Our vision for E-safety
ICT is an increasingly essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. We recognise that all schools need to build on the use of these technologies in order to arm young people with the appropriate skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology now covers a wide range of resources including web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. The internet technologies children and young people are using include:
- Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
- Email and Instant Messaging
- Chat Rooms and Social Networking
- Blogs and Wikis
- Video Broadcasting
- Music Downloading
- Mobile/ Smart phones/Smart Watches and tablets with text, video and/ or web functionality
- Other mobile devices and games consoles with web functionality
At Oakfield School we understand our responsibility to educate our pupils on ‘online’ issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the classroom environment. We believe it is essential for E-safety guidance to be given to the pupils on a regular and meaningful basis.
Pupils are always reminded that reporting an online issue is very important in keeping yourself safe.
- Always tell a staff member if an issue has occurred they will support you and help with this matter. (Staff will follow school’s protocols relating to the issue)
- If pupils are at home, you must tell your parent/carers or a responsible adult
- Pupils are reminded to never delete information sent to them
E-Safety is embedded within our curriculum and we continually look for new opportunities to promote safe use of the online world.
Our vision is that pupils have a diverse, balanced and relevant approach to the use of technology, in an environment where security is balanced appropriately with the need to learn effectively. We aim to ensure that our children are equipped with the skills and knowledge to use technology appropriately and responsibly, that they understand the risks associated with this activity and are able to deal with these both in and out of school.
Oakfield School’s E-Safety policy has been written to ensure safety measures are in place to protect both students and staff working with ICT equipment and related technologies. The policy is to assist school staff working with children to work safely and responsibly with the internet and other communication technologies and to monitor their own and student’s standards and practice. Our responsibility is to set high expectations of our students using communication technologies and to maintain a consistent approach to E-Safety by knowing the content of the policy and the procedures adopted and developed by the school.
Information on support/guidance
Searching, Screening and Confiscation – February 2014
Keeping Safe in Education – September 2016
The Prevent Duty – June 2015
Hull Safeguarding Board
National Guidance UKCCI – Sexting in School and Colleges 2016