Why Is Internet Use Important?
The purpose of internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management functions.
How Does Internet Use Benefit Education?
How Can Internet Use Enhance Learning?
The school internet access is designed to enhance and extend the education of our pupils.
How Will Pupils Learn Online Safety?
Belmont School follows the Purple Mash Scheme Of Work for the teaching of Computing and Online Safety. Pupils are taught the SMART Rules for keeping safe online.
Online safety is a part of teaching in every subject and is viewed as a whole-school requirement across the curriculum.
Online content is filtered including access to social media and social networking sites.
Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them and/or their location. Examples would include real name, address, mobile or landline phone numbers, school attended, IM and email addresses, full names of friends/family, specific interests and clubs etc.
Pupils will be advised on security and privacy online and will be encouraged to set passwords, deny access to unknown individuals and to block unwanted communications. Pupil will be encouraged to approve and invite known friends only using only age appropriate social networking sites and to deny access to others by making profiles private.
Concerns regarding students’ use of the internet (in or out of school) will be raised with their parents/carers, particularly when concerning inappropriate behaviour or under age use of sites by pupils.
All members of the school community are advised not to publish specific and detailed private thoughts, especially those that may be considered threatening, hurtful or defamatory. Staff personal use of social networking, social media and personal publishing sites will be discussed as part of staff induction and safe and professional behaviour will be outlined in the school Acceptable Use Policy.
How Will Cyber-Bullying Be Managed?
Cyber-bullying (along with all other forms of bullying) of any member of the school community will not be tolerated. Full details are set out in the school’s policies on anti-bullying and behaviour.
There are clear procedures in place to support anyone in the school community affected by cyber-bullying: