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Online Safety Policy

At Baines School we recognise that technology plays an important and positive role in young people’s lives, both socially and educationally. We are committed to enabling students to achieve their full potential and recognise the role that technology can play in this. However, we also recognise that technology can be used for negative purposes. This policy aims to outline the types of cyberbullying that can take place and the actions the school will take to combat it. It also aims to offer advice to parents and students.

Cyberbullying is the use of technology, commonly mobile phones or the internet, to deliberately isolate, intimidate or upset someone. It can include the use of one or all of the following:

  • Text messages
  • Phone calls
  • Emails
  • Instant messenger services such as MSN Messenger
  • Social network sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat
  • Internet forums and chat rooms

The unauthorised manipulation of and/or distribution of photographs or videos either physically or via sites such as YouTube.

  • It can take place at anytime in any place. The victim can’t escape.
  • It can invade the victim’s home and personal space.
  • It can involve a very large number of people, especially if “hate groups” are set up on social network sites.
  • The victim is often unaware of who is bullying them as internet users can remain anonymous.
  • It can draw bystanders in to being accessories.
  • It can be difficult to trace as users can remain anonymous or change their identity.
  • Many incidents of cyberbullying can be dealt with through the existing Anti-bullying Policy. Acts of cyberbullying will be recorded in the school’s Bullying Log. Investigations will be carried out, support offered and consequent possible sanctions issued will normally be in line with this policy
  • Some acts of cyberbullying could be classed as criminal acts under a variety of laws including the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. School will take action to involve the police if we believe this to be the case.
  • The school’s own network is filtered to prevent the use of social network in school and many of the students actions on the school’s computers can be tracked.
  • All students are required to sign the Acceptable Use Policy
  • All students receive education about Online safety. Year 7 students work through a specific scheme of work on this topic,
  • Throughout the school year, there will be periodic assemblies on the topic of cyberbullying, online safety and productive use of technology.
  • Talk to your child about the safe use of the internet.
  • Monitor your child’s activity on the internet.
  • Ensure parental controls are turned on any computer that your child uses.
  • Be aware that many social network sites including Facebook have a minimum joining age of 14. Encourage your child to use the school’s Moodle site instead.
  • Spotting cyberbullying can be difficult. Young people can be reluctant to tell parents about this as they fear their technology being taken away from them. However signs of cyberbullying can include the traditional signs of being bullied such as becoming withdrawn. It can also include the constant checking of mobile phones, emails and Facebook pages. Conversely, it can also include a reluctance to use technology.
  • If your child is being cyberbullied there are several steps you can take:
    • Contact school
    • Ensure any messages are saved. Print out any emails or instant messages and take screenshots of social network pages.
    • Contact mobile phone providers who should take action for you.
    • Contact internet providers or internet site administrators to report this issue.
  • Stay safe on the internet. Follow the advice given by your teachers and parents. Do not give out any personal details (including photographs) over the internet.
  • If you are under 14 you cannot join Facebook.
  • Do not accept people you don’t know to be your online friends and delete those “friends” who are unpleasant to you.
  • Use the school’s Moodle site. It is safe and monitored.
  • If you are being bullied:
    • Tell someone – parent, teacher, friend. We CAN help you sort it out – your student planner will help you with this.
    • Keep any evidence including text messages and emails. Take screen shots of social network pages and print them out. We can use this as evidence.
    • Don’t suffer in silence.
Mrs C DohertyDeputy Headteacher – DSL – Online safety responsibility
Mr S HodgsonNetwork Manager
Mrs A BanksPastoral Officer – back up Online Safety
Mr R HindleGovernor – Link Online Safety
FEB ‘17Age restrictions for Social Media added
JULY ‘17Roles and Responsibilities added