We believe that the use of ICT is an essential part of education in the 21st century. The Internet and other digital information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone.
On arrival at our school, your daughter will receive a login to our system. This includes:
The school Internet connection and student e-mail services are provided through the Capita Managed Service. There are central filtering systems which block sites with inappropriate content. E-mail accounts are accessible to senior staff and may be monitored.
However, there are risks in using any technology and unfortunately some young people may expose themselves to danger either knowingly or unknowingly. We can and do take great care to restrict access to inappropriate materials, but some students bring portable devices, such as mobile phones, into school each day and may use them to access information away from the protective environment of the school network. We teach our students about responsible and appropriate behaviours as well as critical thinking skills to enable them to remain safe and legal when using the Internet and related technology wherever and whenever that may be.
It would be impossible to document every potential use of ICT equipment in lessons and a list of ‘Acceptable Uses’ would very quickly be out of date. Instead, we teach our students about ‘Unacceptable Use’.
‘Unacceptable Use’ is described as any activity which is; outside the specific learning aim for that lesson or activity, illegal, dangerous, or where the equipment is used to make any other student, member of staff or member of the public feel uncomfortable or vulnerable.
If you wish to extend your understanding of E-Safety there are a number of links and documents available on this page for your perusal, including:
A video guide to Social Networking, put together by our student Media Leaders.