E Safety Policy

Sark School E-Safety Policy


General Statement


Sark School believes that the educational benefits of Internet access far outweigh the possible risks and that good planning and management will ensure appropriate and effective pupil use. The Internet can be used by pupils of all ages, and by all staff. Home Internet use is increasing and it is becoming an important part of learning and communication during leisure time.


ICT in the 21st Century is an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives


However, the Internet is managed by a worldwide collaboration of independent agencies and serves mainly an adult audience. Without appropriate measures, access to unsuitable materials would be possible and security compromised.


Why is Internet Use Important?


The purpose of Internet access in schools is to raise educational standards, promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management information and business administration systems.


Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. It is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. Access to the Internet is therefore and entitlement for pupils who show a responsible and mature approach to its use.


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


What are the benefits to the school?


A number of studies and government projects have indicated the benefits to be gained through the appropriate use of the Internet in education.


These benefits include:

  • Access to world-wide educational resources including museums and art galleries;
  • Information and cultural exchanges between students world-wide;
  • News and current events;
  • Cultural, social and leisure use in libraries, clubs and at home;
  • Discussion with experts in many fields for pupils and staff;
  • Staff professional development - access to educational materials and good curriculum practice;
  • Communication with the advisory and support services, professional associations and colleagues;
  • Access to learning wherever and whenever convenient.



How can Internet use enhance learning?


  • Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use;
  • Internet use will be planned to enrich and extend learning activities;
  • Staff should guide pupils on-line activities that will support learning outcomes planned for the pupils’ age and maturity;
  • Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.


Authorised Internet Access


  • Internet access is an entitlement for pupils based on responsible use;
  • All staff must read and sign the ‘Acceptable ICT Use Agreement’ before using any school ICT resource;
  • Parents will be informed that pupils will be provided with supervised Internet access where it is important to their education;
  • Parents will be asked to sign and return a consent form for pupil access


World Wide Web


  • If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL [address], time, content must be reported to the e-safety coordinator;
  • School will ensure that the use of Internet derived materials by pupils and staff complies with copyright law;
  • Pupils should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they are shown and how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.




  • Pupils may only use approved email accounts on the school system;
  • Pupils must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive email;
  • Pupils must not reveal personal details of themselves or other in email communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission;
  • Access in school to external organisations should be written carefully and authorised before sending, in the same way as a letter on school headed paper;
  • The forwarding of chain letters is not permitted.


Social Networking


  • Pupils will be advised never to give out personal details of any kind which may identify them or their location;
  • Pupils should be advised not to place personal photos on any social network space;
  • Pupils should be advised on security and encouraged to set up passwords, deny access to unknown individuals and instructed how to block unwanted communications;
  • Pupils should be encouraged to invite known friends only and deny access to others.


Managing Emerging Technologies


  • Any proposed technologies will be examined for educational benefit by staff and a risk assessment will be carried out by the head on consultation with the Director for Education before use in school is allowed;
  • Mobile phones will not be used in school for any reason;
  • The sending of abusive or inappropriate text messages is forbidden.



Published Content and the School Web Site


The contact details on the school website should be the school address, email and telephone number. Staff and pupil personal information will not be published.

Publishing Pupils’ Images and Work


  • Photographs that include pupils will be selected carefully
  • Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the web site, particularly in association with photographs;
  • Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school web site;
  • Work can only be published with the permission of the pupils.


Information System Security


  • School ICT systems capacity and security will be reviewed regularly by the head teacher and an outside expert who is employed on a consultancy basis;
  • Licences have been purchased for all Chromebooks to monitor use and restrict access to innapropriate web content;
  • Security strategies will be discussed with the school’s IT support providers (see point 1;


Protecting Personal Data


Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection [Bailiwick of Guernsey] Law 2001


Assessing Risks


  • The school will take all reasonable precautions (Chromebook licences, access to webites prescribed in documents uploaded into Google Classroom and teacher vigilance etc) to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable materials will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school nor the Education Committee accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access;
  • The school will audit ICT use to establish if the e-safety policy is adequate and that the implementation of the e-safety policy is appropriate.


Handling e-Safety Complaints


  • Complaints of Internet misuse will be dealt with by the Head;
  • Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the Head;
  • Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with the school child protection procedures;
  • Pupils and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure;
  • Discussions will be held with the Constable to establish procedures for handling potentially illegal issues.


Communication of Policy



  • Rules for Internet access will be posted in all classrooms
  • Pupils will be informed that Internet use will be monitored through the use of the Chromebook licence



  • All staff will be given the school e-safety policy and its importance explained;
  • Staff should be aware that discretion and professional conduct is essential.



  • Parent’s attention will be drawn to the school e-safety policy in newsletters and on the school web site.





E-Safety Rules


These e-Safety Rules help to protect pupils and the school by describing the school’s expectations around computer use.


  • The school owns the computer network and can set rules for its use.


  • It is a criminal offence to use a computer or network for a purpose not permitted by the school.


  • Irresponsible use may result in the loss of network or Internet access.


  • Network access must be made via the user’s authorised account and password, which must not be given to any other person.


  • All network and Internet use must be appropriate to education.


  • Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected.


  • Messages shall be written carefully and politely, particularly as an email could be forwarded to unintended readers.


  • Anonymous messages and chain letters are not permitted.


  • Users must take care not to reveal personal information through email, personal publishing, blogs or messaging.


  • The school ICT systems may not be used for private purposes, unless the Headteacher has given specific permission.


  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political activity, advertising or illegal purposes is not permitted.



The school may exercise its right to monitor the use of the school’s computer systems, including access to web sites, the interception of email and the deletion of inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorised use of the school’s computer systems may be taking place, or the system may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing unauthorised or unlawful text, imagery or sound.












E-Safety Rules


All pupils use computer facilities including Internet access as an essential part of learning, as required by the school curriculum. Parents/carers are asked to sign to show that the E-safety Rules have been understood and agreed.


Use of Images


As part of our everyday learning we will be using images and videos in lessons, for the school website and displays. Any images taken at school and made available to parents are not for publication and should not be uploaded to any social network sites other than the school’s official Facebook page.


Class Dojo is a closed site and any images posted here are not to be shared on other platforms without permission being sought.


On occasion the media may also use some of these images. If you do not wish your child to be included, please inform school in writing.


Parent’s Consent for Web Publication of Work and Photographs


I agree that my son/daughter’s work may be electronically published. I also agree that appropriate images and video that include my son/daughter may be published subject to the school rule that photographs will not be accompanied by the pupil’s full names.


Parent’s Consent for Internet Access


I have read and understood the school e-safety rules and give permission for my son/daughter to access the Internet. I understand that the school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that pupils cannot access inappropriate materials but I appreciate that this is a difficult task.


I understand that the school cannot be held responsible for the content of materials accessed through the Internet. I agree that the school is not liable for any damages arising from the use of Internet facilities.


Signed:                                                                                                Date;


Please print name:



Please complete, sign and return to school





Staff Information Systems Code of Conduct


To ensure that staff are fully aware of their professional responsibilities when using information systems, they are asked to sign this code of conduct. Staff should consult the school’s e-safety policy for further information and clarification.


  • The information systems are school property and I understand that it is a criminal offence to use a computer for a purpose not permitted by the owner.


  • I will ensure that my information systems use will always be compatible with my professional role.


  • I understand that school information systems may not be used for private purposes without the specific permission of the Headteacher.


  • I understand that the school may monitor my information systems and Internet use to ensure policy compliance.


  • I will respect system security and I will not disclose any password or security information to anyone other than an appropriate system manager.


  • I will not install any software or hardware without permission.


  • I will ensure that personal data is kept secure and is used appropriately, whether in school, taken off the school premises or accessed remotely.


  • I will respect copyright and intellectual property rights.


  • I will report any incidents of concern regarding children’s safety to the Headteacher.


  • I will ensure that any electronic communications with pupils are compatible with my professional role.


  • I will promote e-safety with pupils in my care and will help them to develop a responsible attitude to system use and to the content they access or create.


The school may exercise its right to monitor the use of the school’s information systems, including Internet access, the interception of email and the deletion of inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorised use of the school’s information system may be taking place or the system may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing unauthorised or unlawful text, imagery or sound.



I have read, understood and agree with the Information Systems Code of Conduct.


Signed ………………………………………………………………….         Date ………………………….


Print name: …………………………………………………………