At Lydeard St Lawrence we are committed to the use of computer technology to enhance and extend the learning of our pupils. We recognise that the internet and other technologies are valuable tools for all learners and that we need to equip our children with the skills that they will need going forward into an increasingly digital world.
For all pupils the use of computers, including the internet, are essential to support learning and communication within the classroom and the wider school community.
There are of course recognised safeguarding issues with the internet, and other IT equipment such as mobile phones, and it is our duty to protect the children by taking all reasonable steps to minimise and restrict pupils’ access to the potential risks.
With this in mind:
· Lydeard St Lawrence School uses a filtered internet service to restrict access to undesirable web content.
· All internet access during school hours is supervised by a member of staff.
· All children are taught about internet safety within class, during whole school and class assemblies.
· Children are reminded of these rules before each session that uses digital technology.
· All children are familiar with the Internet Safety Rules.
Internet Safety Rules:
Ø We only use the internet when an adult is with us and when we have permission.
Ø We only use websites that the member of teaching staff has directed us to.
Ø We only click on buttons or links when we have been given permission by an adult.
Ø We do not use internet chat rooms in school.
Ø We never give out or use personal information, such as our names or where we go to school.
Ø We never talk to or arrange to meet someone we don’t know.
Ø We tell an adult if we see anything we do not understand or makes us feel uncomfortable.
Ø With a member of the teaching staff we write, send and open emails together.
Ø We do not open emails or send emails to people we don’t know, without permission from an adult.