Safeguarding and e-Safety
The Governors and staff of St. Stephen’s Junior School take seriously our responsibility to promote the welfare and safeguard all the children and young people entrusted to our care.
As part of the ethos of the school we are committed to:
- Maintaining children’s welfare as our paramount concern
- Providing an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected
- Using the curriculum to provide opportunities for increasing self awareness, self esteem, assertiveness and decision making
- Ensuring all staff are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse
- Monitoring children and young people who have been identified as “in need”
- Developing effective and supportive liaison with other agencies
All pupils use computer facilities including internet access as an essential part of learning, as required by the National Curriculum. Your child will have the opportunity to access a wide range of information and communication technology (ICT) resources. This includes access to: Computers and laptops, Internet, Ipads and Digital cameras.
St. Stephen’s Junior School recognise 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 that there are potential risks involved when using technology and have therefore developed online e safety policies and procedures alongside the school’s safeguarding measures including filtering, monitoring and specific use of personal devices.
The school takes responsibility for your child’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.(eg filtering, supervision, controlled content). 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 school’s internet and ICT facilities.
We request that all parents/carers support the school’s 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.
Parents / carers may like to visit the following sites for more information about keeping children safe online:
- Childnet International: www.childnet.com
- UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk
- Parents Info: www.parentinfo.org
- Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org
- Net Aware: www.net-aware.org.uk
- ParentPort: www.parentport.org.uk
- Get safe Online: www.getsafeonline.org
Whilst the school monitors and manages technology use in school we believe that children themselves have an important role in developing responsible online behaviours. St. Stephen’s Junior School asks that all parents read and sign the “Pupil Acceptable Use Policy” with their child. This provides an opportunity for conversation between parents and children about safe and appropriate use of technology, both at school and at home.