Use of exciting and innovative tools in school and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote pupil / student achievement. The improper or unsafe use of technology can present challenges to children, young people, volunteers and staff.
Some of the potential risks could include:
• Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content.
• Unauthorised access to / loss of / sharing of personal information.
• The risk of being subject to exploitation and abused by those with whom they make
contact on the internet.
• The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge.
• Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers.
• Access to unsuitable media and games, such as those with an age rating that the viewer has not met.
• An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet.
• Plagiarism and copyright infringement.
• Illegal downloading or sharing of media files. (Such as music and gaming.)
• The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.
• Blackmail involving threats to life, dignity and violence.
• Poor or inappropriate supervision of Internet access leading to the viewing of harmful or inappropriate materials.
• Risk of sexual exploitation.
Many of these risks reflect situations in the off-line world and it is essential that this e-safety policy is used in conjunction with other school policies (e.g. behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies).
As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential, through good educational provision to build students’ / pupils’ resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks.
Schools must demonstrate that they have provided the necessary safeguards to help ensure that they have done everything that could reasonably be expected of them to manage and reduce these risks. Ninian Park Primary School has a comprehensive E-Safety policy that explains how we intend to do this, whilst also addressing wider educational issues in order to help young people (and their parents / carers) to be responsible users and to stay safe while using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use.