Internet Guidance

INTERNET GUIDANCE:  What do we do if?

 An inappropriate website is accessed unintentionally in school by a teacher or student.

  1. Play the situation down; don’t make it into a drama.
  1. Report to the head teacher/e- safety officer who will decide whether to inform parents of any students who viewed the site.
  1. Inform the school technicians and ensure the site is filtered (LGfL schools report to: Atomwide via the LGFL Helpdesk).

 An inappropriate website is accessed intentionally by a student

  1. Refer to the acceptable use policy that was signed by the student, and apply agreed sanctions.
  2. Report to the head teacher/e- safety officer who will decide whether to inform parents of any student who viewed the site.
  3. Inform the school technicians and ensure the site is filtered if need be.

An inappropriate website is accessed intentionally by a staff member.

  1. Ensure all evidence is stored and logged
  2. Refer to the acceptable use and staffing policy that was signed by the staff member, and apply disciplinary procedure.
  3. Notify management committee
  4. Inform the school technicians and ensure the site is filtered if need be.
  5. Inform the LADO (if appropriate – discuss with SLT)
  6. In an extreme case where the material is of an illegal nature advise SLT who can contact the local police and follow their advice.

 An adult uses School IT equipment inappropriately.

  1. Ensure you have a colleague with you; do not view the misuse alone.
  2. Report the misuse immediately to the head teacher (or SLT in absence) and ensure that there is no further access to the device. Record all actions taken.

If the material is offensive but not illegal, the Head teacher/SLT will then:

  • Remove the device to a secure place.
  • Instigate an audit of all ICT equipment by the schools ICT managed service providers or technical teams to ensure there is no risk of students accessing inappropriate materials in the school.
  • Identify the precise details of the material.
  • Take appropriate disciplinary action (undertaken by Head teacher).
  • Inform management committee of the incident.

In an extreme case where the material is of an illegal nature the Head teacher/SLT will then:

  • Contact the local police and follow their advice
  • Inform LADO

A bullying incident directed at a student occurs through email or mobile phone technology.

  1. Advise the student not to respond to the message.
  2. Secure and preserve any evidence through screenshots and printouts.

Refer to the Head Teacher/SLT who will:-

  1. Follow the relevant policies including online-safety anti-bullying and PHSE.
  2. Notify parents of all the students involved.
  3. Inform the police if necessary.
  4. Inform other agencies if required (LADO, LGFL)

 Malicious or threatening comments are posted on an Internet site (such as social networking) about member of the school community (including students and staff).

 

Inform the Head Teacher/SLT who will:-

  1. Request the comments be removed if the site is administered externally.
  2. Secure and preserve any evidence.
  3. Send all the evidence to CEOP at ww.ceop.gov.uk/contact_us.html.
  4. Endeavour to trace the origin and inform police as appropriate.
  5. Inform LA and other agencies (child protection, Management Committee etc).

You are concerned that a student’s safety is at risk because you suspect someone is using communication technologies (such as social networking sites or gaming) to make inappropriate contact with the student

Report to and discuss with the designated safeguarding lead (Alison Vigor) who will contact parents and will:-

  • Advise the student on how to terminate the communication and save all evidence.
  • Contact CEOP http://www.ceop.gov.uk/
  • Consider the involvement police and social services.
  • Inform LADO and other agencies.

 You are concerned that a student’s safety is at risk because you suspect they are playing computer games that are inappropriate or certificated beyond the age of the the student

Report to and discuss with the designated safeguarding lead (Alison Vigor) who will contact parents and will:-

  • Advise the student and possibly parents on appropriate games and content. (You may want to use LGFL template letters to inform all or targeted parents).
  • If the game is played within school environment, ensure that the technical team block access to the game
  • Consider the involvement social services and child protection agencies.

You are aware of social network posts and pages created by parents about the school. While no inaccurate information is posted, it is inflammatory and disruptive and staff are finding it hard not to respond.

 Report to the e-safety officer (Laura Dandy)

Children should be confident in a no-blame culture when it comes to reporting inappropriate incidents involving the internet or mobile technology: they must be able to do this without fear.