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New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school.
The Internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and pupils learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times. As such, regular monitoring is carried out.
The requirement to ensure that children and young people are able to use the Internet and related communications technologies appropriately and safely is addressed as part of the wider duty of care to which all who work in schools are bound. The development and implementation of such a strategy involves all the stakeholders in a child’s education from the headteacher and governors to the senior leaders and classroom teachers, support staff, parents, members of the community and the pupils themselves.
The use of these exciting and innovative tools in school and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote pupil achievement. However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. Some of the dangers they may face include:
Many of these risks reflect situations in the off-line world and it is essential that the school e-safety policy is used in conjunction with other school policies (eg behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies).
The school must demonstrate that it has provided the necessary safeguards to help ensure that they have done everything that could reasonably be expected of them to manage and reduce risks. Brickhill Primary e-safety policy can be found under our ‘Policies’ section of this website.