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E-Safety

Keeping our children safe online

Internet safety is integral to our ICT curriculum and embedded in our PSHE curriculum.  As such it is carefully planned for and age appropriate. Our Esafety policy reflects the importance of using information systems and electronic communication safely. 

Staff at BGS recognise the internet as a valuable tool for learners of all ages however we also acknowledge that computers and the internet do have the potential for inappropriate use and access to undesirable material and that we have a duty of care to protect our pupils.

We feel it is important to educate our children on the benefits and risks of using information technology while building resilience.  Whilst it is impossible to ensure that all pupils will not access such material BGS is taking all reasonable steps to minimise access to unsuitable material.

These include: -
Use of a filtered Internet Service to prevent access to internet sites with undesirable material
Annual and ongoing training for staff (some of which they are responsible for), parents and pupils
The requirement that wherever possible, all Internet access during school hours will be supervised by a member of staff. 
We have designed the following acceptable use policy which we share with parents and pupils.
 
Acceptable Use Policy
 
A copy of our Esafety Booklet can be found below. It is closely linked to our Behaviour Rewards and Sanctions Policy, Safeguarding Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy.
 
Esafety Booklet
 
Some of these websites may be useful to you if you have any questions about your child's safety online:
 
www.thinkuknow.co.uk
www.saferinternet.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
www.childnet.com
 
Some links to more information:
  • CEOP - Receive help and advice as well as the option to report any instance of sexual contact or harmful material to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
  • Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
  • Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
  • Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
  • Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.