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Information technology is ever changing and ever evolving. The possibilities and opportunities presented through proper use are invaluable and unimaginable. As such, E-Safety is a crucial part of any schools key safeguarding duties. TJA has an ongoing commitment to safeguarding all children in our care and we encourage them to partake in and promote appropriate online behaviour and awareness of the risks associated with the use of Technology. We aim to educate students on how to manage these risks and provide them with a safe environment in which they can engage in educational online activities.
The main risks associated with the use of information technology can be categorised in to the ‘Three C’s’:
Exposure to inappropriate materials such as or relating to Pornography, violence, self-harm, extremism, drugs and substance abuse, hate etc.
Inappropriate interactions with other people, known or unknown. This includes grooming, cyber bullying, hacking, ‘catfishing’, identity theft etc
Behaviour online and through other forms of communication (such as mobile phones), including copyright issues, privacy issues, data protection issues and sexting.
What is in place at TJA?
At TJA we have systems and guidance in place to educate and help students to understand the importance of staying safe online, and to prevent harmful or inappropriate content from appearing or being accessed at school. We have an internet filter provided by Lightspeed Systems (a member of the IWF) that works to block websites that may be inappropriate or harmful whilst still allowing students to get the educational benefits available through use of technology.
As a secondary measure we also use a monitoring software that keeps a record of any ‘violations’ it detects, ranging from the use of racial, homophobic or extreme words in documents or on websites and the access of web pages with inappropriate names. In most cases websites will be automatically closed down as well as a ‘violation’ logged.
Additionally we have an Acceptable Use Policy in place and all staff, students and visitors sign an Acceptable Use Agreement that clearly defines the expectations when using technology or devices provided by the school. This policy and agreement is integrated with other key policies such as safeguarding, anti-bullying and behaviour.
We aim to train and educate the entire school community on E-Safety:
Students have weekly PSHRE lessons, each term we set at least one of these lessons to be about an important area of E-Safety. Students are often reminded of the importance of E-Safety throughout the school year and there are posters with best practice displayed around the school.
Parents have the option to attend a short E-Safety presentation during parent’s evenings, this is to help parents understand how important a role they play in their child’s online safety and to provide information about what to look for and where to go if they have concerns.
Staff are regularly reminded of the importance of E-Safety and educating students in E-Safety. We hold termly training sessions for every member of staff that is regularly updated in order to keep up to date with new technologies and trends in online dangers.
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