The following members of staff have specific roles within school with regard to E-Safety and anyone with concerns; students, staff or parents, are encouraged to raise their concerns with these individuals, or via a student’s House team – see below.The internet has brought us many benefits and at St Laurence School we recognise the power of ICT as an environment for learning and communications. However, we are also alert to the dangers posed by communication technologies, particularly for young people. The aim of this page is to identify those risks and to set out how we seek to safeguard our students in partnership with parents and other agencies.

The Risks

The breadth of issues classified within E-Safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three 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.

We recognise a need to retain a balance between the impact of time spent immersed in the online world, compared to the real world. Added to this is the impulsive nature of teenagers and hence the need to have procedures in place for the relatively rare occasions when things might go wrong.

Safeguarding

St Laurence School has a duty of care for our students in respect of E-Safety. It is our responsibility:

  • To protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology;
  • To have the appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support E-Safety incidents where appropriate;

The main ways in which we meet these responsibilities are:

  • All users of ICT within the school (students and staff) must sign an acceptable use agreement which includes details of the sanctions in place for breach of the agreement. Parents and carers are also asked to endorse this agreement on behalf of their children.
  • Any use of school computers is via a personalised login so that all students and staff have rights over, and responsibility for, all digital materials which they access or create.
  • All internet access is provided via a ‘Filtered Service’ which is hosted by The South West Grid for Learning. Further details may be obtained from their website – South West Grid for Learning
  • Students are permitted to make use of their own devices such as laptop computers, iPads and mobile phones in accordance with the school policy and at the discretion of teaching staff. The policy relating to the use of personal devices is available to download at the bottom of this page.
  • We view education as crucial to protecting our students as well as providing technical safeguards. All students receive specific e-safety lessons as part of their PSHE programme, in Years 7, 10 and 12.
  • Students receive regular briefings covering current e-safety issues, such as misuse of Social Media, and the law with regard to the use of ICT. For example the taking or distribution of inappropriate images particularly of young persons and the wise use of software settings.
  • Staff receive regular training in how to implement the school’s policies regarding e-safety and contact with young persons. In many cases the use of ICT may amplify a situation which exists in face to face relationships, for example online bullying. We therefore view e-Safety within the wider contexts of safeguarding in general and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and relationships.
  • The school governors have ratified the policies with regard to the use of ICT, e-safety and safeguarding. These are available to download below.
  • Members of staff with specific roles within the school with regard to e-Safety are listed below under the contacts section. Anyone with concerns; students, staff or parents, are encouraged to raise their concerns with these individuals, or via a student’s House team.

Digital Parenting

We recognise that parents and carers wish to provide digital protection for their children and promote safe usage. As within school, there is a need to combine education with responsible oversight and to impose age appropriate controls over access to online materials and time spent with multi-media devices. We offer the following websites as excellent examples of advice with respect to discussing e-safety with young people and understanding how to deploy home filtering.

We also offer an e-Safety drop-in for parents during our regular ‘Subject Evenings’.

For more information, please see the following resources:


Safeguarding Team