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Online Safety

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary identifies that the issues classified within online safety are considerable, but can be broadly categorised into four areas of risk:

  • Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
  • Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
  • Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
  • Commerce: risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and or financial scams

Safer use of technology

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary uses a wide range of technology. This includes access to:

  • Computers, laptops and other digital devices
  • Internet which may include search engines and educational websites
  • Learning platform/intranet
  • Email
  • Games consoles and other games-based technologies
  • Digital cameras, web cams and video cameras
  • Teaching and Learning Apps and websites such as Nessy
  • All setting owned devices will be used in accordance with our acceptable use policies and with appropriate safety and security measures in place. This includes devices being stored in locked charging bays with keys only accessible from the finance office. Devices are not used by pupils unless supervised by adults.
  • Members of staff will always evaluate websites, tools and apps fully before use in the classroom or recommending for use at home
  • The setting will use age appropriate search tools following an informed risk assessment, to identify which tool best suits the needs of our community
  • We will ensure that the use of internet-derived materials, by staff and learners complies with copyright law and acknowledge the source of information
  • Supervision of learners will be appropriate to their age and ability

Filtering

Education broadband connectivity is provided through ESCC.

  • We use Smoothwall which blocks sites which can be categorised as: pornography, racial hatred, extremism, gaming and sites of an illegal nature.
  • The filtering system blocks all sites on the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) list.
  • We work with ESCC to ensure that our filtering policy is continually reviewed.
  • Any material believed to be illegal will be reported immediately to the appropriate agencies, such as the IWF, Sussex Police or CEOP.

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Useful Websites

Our school cannot be held responsible for the content published on the following websites:

CEOP: Child Exploitation and Online Protection command: https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/

Childlinehttps://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/

NSPCC: online safety for parents and carers: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Thinkuknow: the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

UK Safer Internet Centre: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers / https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people

Childnet

National Online Safety

Parentzone

Vodaphone Digital Parent Guide

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