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The safety of our students is of paramount importance at Stone Bay School and this extends into their online education. With increasing access to the Internet, using a range of devices, the challenges and risks facing our students are real and constantly evolving. The school’s e-safety guidance is designed to help protect our students whilst using ICT devices. We live in an increasingly connected world and we want our students to be part of that, therefore our online safety education focuses on educating not reducing access. We have a robust filtering system but have unblocked some areas of social media to ensure our students can explore the internet in a safe and supportive setting.

Education on the issues of online safety and wellbeing is delivered across relevant areas of the curriculum to all age groups within the school. We follow a set of SMART rules which are reproduced in ICT access points around the school. As this area of education is constantly developing with the pace of technological change we strive to constantly review our curriculum provision.

As our students are so vulnerable we aim to embed safeguarding practice into all our activities. The boxes below contain links to the latest government guidance on Online Safety Issues.

Some useful links below.

To discuss any issues please contact our e-Safety Co-ordinator Joe White.

jwhite@stone-bay.kent.sch.uk

In January 2015 Stone Bay School was awarded the bronze EU e-safety label. This was achieved through assessment of our infrastructure, policy and practice. The award is supported by Microsoft and undertaken by schools across the European Union.

Our Strengths

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The school has completed an independent 360° e-safety self assessment review. the review highlighted the fact that as a school we were demonstrating progress in improving our e-safety provision. Acting on recommendations from this review, the following initiatives to improve our e-safety provision have been implemented:

  • The further development of an Online Wellbeing committee consisting of the e-safety co-ordinator, PSHCE co-ordinator, three students, the IT manager and a Governor.
  • Regular assemblies highlighting e-safety issues.
  • Development of a student resource pack outlining the SMART rules with symbol support.
  • Inclusion of an e-safety option on behaviour monitoring systems.
  • Creating an e-safety guide for parents.
  • SMART rules posters displayed near all computers.
  • Inclusion of e-safety training with staff child protection training which all staff will undertake within 1 year.
  • Review of e-safety provision at end of each academic year.
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S SAFE Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password
M MEETING Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
A ACCEPTING Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R RELIABLE Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
T TELL Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.