E Safety at Great Smeaton

We continue to develop a curriculum that is routed in a creativity that gives the children the opportunities to learn through a range of teaching and learning styles across the year. Each curriculum policy reflects this and leads to our vision that we will Create, Discover and Succeed together. We will do this by:

Tell me and I forget,

Show me and I remember,

Involve me and I understand

Great Smeaton Academy Primary School takes the safety of all children and adults very seriously. This policy is written to protect all children and adults. We recognise that E-Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies, but also electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology.

What does electronic communication include?

Internet technologies and electronic communications provide children and young people with opportunities to broaden their learning experiences and develop creativity in and out of school. However, it is also important to consider the risks associated with the way these technologies can be used.

This e-Safety Policy should recognise and seek to develop the skills that children and young people need when communicating and using these technologies properly, while keeping safe and secure, and acting with respect for others.

These risks to e-safety are caused by people acting inappropriately or even illegally. Any potential issue must be dealt with at a personal level. Teachers are the first line of defence; their observation of behaviour is essential in detecting danger to children and in developing trust so that issues are reported. Incidents will vary from the prank or unconsidered action to considered illegal activity.

What are the risks?

A summary of the school’s safety responsibilities is outlined below. This list will assist in developing a co-ordinated and effective approach to managing e-safety issues

The school will review the policy regularly and revise the policy annually to ensure that it is current and considers any emerging technologies.

The school will audit their filtering systems regularly to ensure that inappropriate websites are blocked.

Implementation and Compliance

No policy can protect children without effective implementation. It is essential that staff remain vigilant in planning and supervising appropriate, educational ICT experiences.

Teaching and Learning

Why is Internet use important?

Developing effective practice in Internet use for teaching and learning is essential.

The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote child achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management functions. The Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.

Children use the Internet widely outside school and will need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.

The school Internet access will be designed expressly for child use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of children.

Children will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use.

How does Internet use benefit education?

Benefits of using the Internet in education include:

How can Internet use enhance learning?

Evaluating Internet Content

In a perfect world, inappropriate material would not be visible to children using the Internet, but this is not easy to achieve and cannot be guaranteed. It is a sad fact that children may occasionally be confronted with inappropriate material, despite all attempts at filtering. Children should be taught what to do if they experience material that they find distasteful, uncomfortable or threatening. For example: to close the page and report the incident immediately to the teacher. The school will ensure that the copying and subsequent use of Internet derived materials by staff and children complies with copyright law.

Use of Images

Images that include children will be selected carefully and will not enable individual children to be clearly identified.

Children’ full names will not be used anywhere on the website, particularly in association with photographs.

Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before images of children are electronically published.

Social Networking

Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and a risk assessment will be carried out before use in school is allowed. Mobile phones will not be used during lessons or formal school time. The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden.

Introducing the Policy

and home use;



Websites offering additional advice and guidance

BBC Chat Guide






Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre


Grid Club and the Cyber Cafe


Internet Watch Foundation


Internet Safety Zone




NCH – The Children’s Charity




Schools e-Safety Blog