|Developing E-safety Policies|
|Written by Steve Dale|
|Thursday, 18 December 2008 15:54|
Information and resources about developing e-safety policies for staff and pupils.
"Effective policy is the backbone to good practice in schools, and internet safety should be no exception. Good policy, based on actual and prospective scenarios, should help to define strategies for dealing with internet safety incidents should they occur. While the headteacher should be instrumental in developing such policies and practices, it is suggested that much of this work be delegated to an internet safety co-ordinator, supported by all the key stakeholders.
Parents and carers should be fully consulted on internet safety issues, and, where possible, should be involved in the development of school policies in this area, for example, through a parental representative on the school’s internet safety policy team. While there is no statutory requirement for parents to sign acceptable use policies, schools may wish to consider this option. A signed acceptable use form, administered as part of the enrolment process or as part of the home–school agreement, acknowledges the fact that a parent has received the information, and that they and their children are aware of the rules. It may be appropriate for older students to agree to the rules themselves. However, the language of the rules must be appropriate to the age and understanding of the children."
from the Becta document - E-safety: Developing whole-school policies to support effective practice
Developing a school e-safety policy
An e-safety policy allows your school to outline how and whyis used in teaching and learning at your school and identifies specific e-safety issues to be considered when using technology.
The YHGfL document to support schools developing an E-safety policy can be downloaded here.Developing an
for pupilsMost school's have acceptable use policies but it may be outdated, unclear and pupils and staff may not be familiar with the content. The Becta document - "E-safety: Developing whole-school policies to support effective practice", available in the useful documents section, gives clear guidance on developing AUPs for staff and pupils; a summary of the section can be found below. It is important that the AUP is not created and then given to staff and pupils to sign and then often forget. It is important that time is given to review the documents and amend them as necessary to reflect the needs of the school and changes in technology so that they become working documents that all staff and pupils understand and take ownership of. This allows discussion of the rules within the AUP so that all stake holders appreciate the rules and the importance of abiding by them.
AUP Summary Document
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