Online Safety Policy

The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Primary Schools

Online Safety Policy

Our school vision is to enable all members of the school community to grow in self-esteem, individuality and independence, learning and working within a happy, secure environment founded on Christian values. We aim to help educate, provide and foster a safe approach to the online environment. We aim to educate and protect our children when online at school or at home.

Policy Aims

This online safety policy has been written by The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools ,building on the Kent County Council (KCC) online safety policy template, with specialist advice and input as required.
It takes into account the DfE statutory guidance “ Keeping Children Safe in Education ” 2016 , Early Years and Foundation Stage 2017 and the Kent Safeguarding Children Board procedures.
The purpose of The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools online safety policy is to:
– Safeguard and protect all members of the Federation’s community online.
– Identify approaches to educate and raise awareness of online safety throughout the community.
– Enable all staff to work safely and responsibly, to role model positive behaviour online and to manage professional
standards and practice when using technology.
– Identify clear procedures to use when responding to online safety concerns.
The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools identifies that the issues classified within online safety are considerable, but can be broadly 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.

Policy Scope

The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools believes that online safety is an essential part of safeguarding and acknowledges it’s duty to ensure that all pupils and staff are protected from potential harm online.
The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools identifies that the internet and
associated devices , such as computers, tablets, mobile phones and games consoles , are an important part of everyday life.
The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools believes that pupils should be
empowered to build resilience and to develop strategies to manage and respond to risk online.
This policy applies to all staff including the governing body, teachers, support staff, external contractors, visitors, volunteers and other individuals who work for ,or provide services on behalf of the federation (collectively referred to as ‘staff‘ in this policy) as well as pupils and parents/carers.
This policy applies to all access to the internet and use of technology, including personal devices, or where pupils, staff or other individuals have been provided with school issued devices for use off site, such as a work laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
 September 2017, Education Safeguarding Team, Kent County Council Links with other policies and practices
This policy links with a number of other policies, practices and action plans including:
– Behaviour / Anti-bullying policy
– Acceptable Use Policies(AUP)
– Staff Handbook
– Safeguarding policy
– Curriculum policy
– Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
– Data security
– Image/Acceptable use policy

Monitoring and Review

The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools will review this policy at least every three years.
The policy will also be revised following any national or local policy requirements, any child protection concerns or any changes to the technical infrastructure.
We will ensure that we regularly monitor internet use and evaluate online safety mechanisms to ensure that this policy is consistently applied.
To ensure they have oversight of online safety, the executive headteacher will be informed of online safety concerns, as appropriate.
The named Governor for safeguarding will report on a regular basis to the governing body on online safety incidents, including outcomes.
Any issues identified will be incorporated into the school’s action planning.

Roles and Responsibilities

The federation has appointed the Executive Headteacher , as Designated Safeguarding Lead to be the online safety lead.
The Federation of Nonington & Goodnestone Church of England Primary Schools recognises that all members of the community have important roles and responsibilities to play with regards to online safety.
The leadership and management team will :
Ensure that online safety is viewed as a safeguarding issue and that practice is in line with national and local  recommendations and requirements.
Ensure there are appropriate and up -to – date policies regarding online safety; including a Code of conduct and/or an A UP,which covers acceptable use of technology.
Ensure that suitable and appropriate filtering and monitoring systems are in place.
Work with technical staff to monitor the safety and security of school systems and networks.
Ensure that online safety is embedded within a progressive whole school curriculum ,which enables all pupils to  develop an age – appropriate understanding of online safety.
Support the Designated Safeguarding Lead by ensuring they have sufficient time and resources to fulfil their online  safety responsibilities.