All pupils use computer facilities including Internet access as an essential part of learning, as required by the National Curriculum. Children have the opportunity to access a wide range of information and communication technology (ICT) resources, both software and hardware, including access to the internet.
The Oaks Primary school recognises the essential and important contribution that technology plays in promoting children’s learning and development and offers a fantastic range of positive activities and experiences. However we also recognise there are potential risks involve when using online technology and therefore have developed online e-Safety policies and procedures alongside the schools safeguarding measures.
The school takes responsibility for children’s online safety very seriously and, as such, we ensure that pupils are educated about safe use of technology and will take every reasonable precaution to ensure that pupils cannot access inappropriate materials whilst using school equipment. However no system can be guaranteed to be 100% safe and the school cannot be held responsible for the content of materials accessed through the internet and the school is not liable for any damages arising from use of the schools internet and ICT facilities.
We request that all parents/carers support the schools approach to e-Safety by role modelling safe and positive online behaviour for their child and by discussing online safety with them whenever they access technology at home, including the use of social media and mobile phones. Parents/carers can view the school website for the e-Safety Policy as well as to access useful links to support both themselves and their children in keeping them safe online at home. Parents/carers may also like to visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk, www.childnet.com, www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety, www.saferinternet.org.uk and www.internetmatters.org for more information about keeping children safe online.
Whilst the school monitors and manages technology use in school we believe that children themselves have an important role in developing responsible online behaviours. In order to support the school in developing your child’s knowledge and understanding about e-Safety, we request that parents read the Acceptable Use Policy with their child (available on our website) and that parents and children discuss the content and return the slip attached to the policy to school. Hopefully, parents will also find the Acceptable Use Policy provides them with an opportunity for conversations between themselves and their children about safe and appropriate use of the technology, both at school and at home.
Should parents wish to discuss the matter further, please do not hesitate to contact the school.