St Mark's School recognises eSafety is an essential aspect of education in the modern curriculum and we aim to embed safe practice into the culture of the school.
The Internet, whether accessed from a computer, mobile phone or other device, has become embedded within modern family life. It is used to buy and sell goods, online banking, finding information and socialising. It can also have a darker side with cybercrime, inappropriate material and illegal activity taking place online affecting both adults and children. E-Safety is concerned with the safeguarding of young people in the "digital" world and ensuring they feel safe when accessing new technology.
Visit the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - The CEOP centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children. Parents can download the latest information from CEOP on how best to protect their child.
Pupils can find the latest information on the sites they like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what they can do about it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. Parents can visit the latest ThinkUKnow Parents' Section.
The BBC eSafety page aims to help you use the internet in a safe way. It links to sites that are kept up to date with useful information, along with explanations and helpful hints for all the family to get the most out of the internet.
All pupils and parents are required to sign the Internet Acceptable Use Policy when they join the school.
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital information and communications technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
This Acceptable Use Policy is intended to ensure:
- that young people will be responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use.
- that school ICT systems and users are protected from accidental or deliberate misuse that could put the security of the systems and users at risk.
The school will try to ensure that students will have good access to ICT to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect the students to agree to be responsible users.