E Safety and Acceptable Use Policy




‘Learning and growing together to achieve our best in the love of God’


E-Safety and Acceptable Use Policy


For approval by F&R Committee: 1st December 2020

To be reviewed on or before:      Autumn 2023


Signed……………………………………………  Chair of Finance and Resources Committee


Signed……………………………………………  Headteacher



Our Mission Statement

‘Learning and growing together to achieve our best in the love of God’

School Aims

In order to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s challenges, Rainford CE Primary Schools aims to achieve the following:


  • Every child will be encouraged to understand the meaning and significance of faith, experience God’s love and develop the spirituality to enable them to live out our Christian values of love, joy, peace, friendship, forgiveness, perseverance and justice


  • Every child will achieve their full potential through being a highly motivated, resilient and independent learner who embraces new experiences, has confidence to tackle challenges and go onto develop a lifelong love of learning.


  • Every child will value themselves as a unique individual with special qualities and strengths developing self-discipline and honesty; taking responsibility for their own actions and appreciating their ability to make a positive difference in the world.


  • Every child will appreciate and respect others, celebrate differences between individuals and groups and respect and care for God’s creation and the environment.


  • Every child will be encouraged to make healthy choices and appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

In order to do this, we will constantly reflect the Christian ethos of our school in our relationships with our children, their families, our staff, the church and the wider community.












Table of contents

  1. Purpose of policy
    1. Rationale
    2. Risks
    3. Roles and Responsibilities
    4.  Communicating the policy
    5.  Handling complaints
    6.  Review and monitoring
  2. Education and Curriculum

2.1 Internet use to benefit education

    1. Pupil e-safety curriculum
    2. Prevent Duty
  1.  Managing Information Systems

3.1 Security of Information System

3.2 Management of Published Content

3.3 Management of social networking and personal publishing

              3.4 Management of the filtering system

              3.5 Protection of Personal Data

              3.6 Use of digital images

       4.  Equipment and digital Content

       5.   Asset disposal






  1. Rainford CE Primary School - Acceptable Use of ICT Agreement -Staff, Governor and any Visitors who  may use any ICT equipment, technology or mobile devices whilst on school premises
  4. Rainford CE Primary School E Safety Incident Log
  5. Advice for Children on Cyber-bullying
  6. e-Safety Contacts and References
  7. Safety Agreement Poster




















  1. Purpose of policy

The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation: technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in, and escalate any incident where appropriate.

1.1 Rationale

The purpose of this policy is to:

 · Set out the key principles expected of all members of the school community at Rainford C E Primary School with respect to the use of COMPUTING-based technologies.

· Safeguard and protect the children and staff and comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

· Assist school staff working with children to work safely and responsibly with the internet and other communication technologies and to monitor their own standards and practice

 · Set clear expectations of behaviour and/or codes of practice relevant to responsible use of the internet for educational, personal or recreational use

 · Have clear structures to deal with online abuse such as cyberbullying which are cross referenced with other school policies

 · Ensure that all members of the school community are aware that unlawful or unsafe behaviour is unacceptable and that, where appropriate, disciplinary or legal action will be taken

 · Minimise the risk of misplaced or malicious allegations made against adults who work with students.

Computing in the 21st Century is an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults.  Consequently, we need to build in the use of these technologies to arm our young people with the skills to access lifelong learning and employment. Computing covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of computing within our society. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:

• Websites/ Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments

• Email and Instant Messaging

• Chat Rooms and Social Networking

• Blogs

• Podcasting

• Video Broadcasting

• Music Downloading

• Gaming

• Mobile/ Smart phones/ other mobile devices with text, video and/ or web functionality


Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies. The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk: Content, Contact and Conduct (KCSiE 2020) The main areas of risk for our school community can be summarised as follows:


· ignoring age ratings while playing online games (exposure to violence associated with often racist/foul language, addiction, in-app purchases)

· exposure to inappropriate content, including online pornography,

· Ignoring age restrictions on social networking websites such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, WhatsApp and other apps.

· Data breach

· hate sites, sites inciting radicalisation and/or extremism

· content validation: how to check authenticity and accuracy of online content



· grooming

· cyber-bullying in all forms

· identity theft and sharing passwords



· privacy issues, including disclosure of personal information

· digital footprint and online reputation

· health and well-being (amount of time spent online (internet or gaming)

 · Copyright (little care or consideration for intellectual property and ownership – such as music and film)

· Inappropriate Messaging


1.3 Roles and Responsibilities


Key Responsibilities


  • To take overall responsibility for e-Safety provision
  • To take overall responsibility for data and data security GDPR compliant
  •  To ensure the school uses an approved, filtered Internet Service, which complies with current statutory requirements
  • To be responsible for ensuring that staff receive suitable training to carry out their e-safety roles and to train other colleagues, as relevant
  • To be aware of procedures to be followed in the event of a serious e-Safety incident
  • To receive regular monitoring reports about E-Safety from Computing Coordinator
  • To ensure that there is a system in place to monitor and support staff who carry out internal e-safety procedures

E-Safety – Computing Co-ordinator / Designated Child Protection Leader

  • Takes day to day responsibility for e-safety issues and has a leading role in establishing and reviewing the school e-safety policies / documents
  • Promotes an awareness and commitment to e-safeguarding throughout the school community
  • Ensures that e-safety education is embedded across the curriculum
  • liaises with school COMPUTING technical staff
  • To communicate regularly with SLT and the designated e-Safety Governor (Phillipa Burke)
  • To ensure that all staff are aware of the procedures that need to be followed in the event of an e-Safety incident
  • To ensure that an e-Safety incident log is kept up to date
  • Facilitate training and advice for all staff
  • Liaises with the Local Authority and relevant agencies
  • Regularly updated in e-safety issues and legislation and be aware of the potential for serious child protection issues to arise from: •

sharing of personal data, access to illegal / inappropriate materials, inappropriate on-line contact with adults / strangers, potential or actual incidents of grooming and cyber-bullying and use of social media


  • To ensure that the school follows all current e-Safety advice to keep the children and staff safe
  • To approve the E-Safety Policy and review the effectiveness of the policy
  • To support the school in encouraging parents and the wider community to become engaged in e-safety activities

Computing Curriculum Lead

  • To oversee the delivery of the e-safety element of the Computing curriculum
  • To address e-safety issues as they arise promptly


  • Ensure the school’s ICT infrastructure is secure in accordance with Becta
  • Provider guidelines and is not open to misuse or malicious attack
  • Ensure users may only access the school network through an enforced password protection policy, where passwords are regularly changed for those who access children’s data
  • Inform the head teacher of issues relating to the filtering
  • Keep up to date with e-safety technical information and update others as relevant
  • Ensure use of the network is regularly monitored in order that any misuse / attempted misuse can be reported to the E-Safety Co-ordinator for investigation / action / sanction.
  • Ensure monitoring software / systems are implemented and updated
  • Ensure all security updates / patches are applied (including up to date anti-virus definitions, windows updates) and that reasonable attempts are made to prevent spyware and malware.


  • To embed e-safety issues in all aspects of the curriculum and other school activities
  • To supervise and guide pupils carefully when engaged in learning activities involving online technology (including, extra-curricular and extended school activities if relevant)
  • To ensure that pupils are fully aware of research skills and are fully aware of legal issues relating to electronic content such as copyright laws

All staff

  • To read, understand and help promote the school’s e-Safety policies and guidance
  • To read, understand, sign and adhere to the school staff Acceptable Use Agreement (Appendix 1)
  • To be aware of e-safety issues related to the use of mobile phones, cameras and hand held devices and that they monitor their use and implement current school policies with regard to these devices
  • To report any suspected misuse or problem to the e-Safety coordinator
  •  To maintain an awareness of current e-Safety issues and guidance e.g. through CPD
  • To model safe, responsible and professional behaviours in their own use of technology
  • To ensure that any digital communications with pupils should be on a professional level and only through school based systems, never through personal mechanisms, e.g. email, text, mobile phones etc.


  • Read, understand, sign and adhere to the Pupil Acceptable Use Policy
  • to understand the importance of reporting abuse, misuse or access to inappropriate materials
  • To understand the importance of adopting good e-safety practice when using digital technologies out of school and realise that the school’s ESafety Policy covers their actions out of school, if related to their membership of the school
  • To take responsibility for learning about the benefits and risks of using the internet and other technologies safely both in school and at home

Parents and carers

  • To support the school in promoting e-safety and endorse the Parents’ Acceptable Use Agreement which includes the pupils’ use of the internet and the school’s use of photographic and video images
  • To read, understand and promote the school Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement with their children
  • To access the school website /Facebook/Twitter account accordance with the relevant school Acceptable Use Agreement.
  • To consult with the school if they have any concerns about their children’s use of technology

External groups

  • Any external individual / organisation will sign an Acceptable Use Policy prior to using any equipment or the internet within school


      1.4 Communicating the policy

· Policy to be posted on the school website/ staffroom.

 · Policy to be part of school induction pack for new staff.

· Acceptable use agreements discussed with pupils at the start of each year.

· Acceptable use agreements to be issued to whole school community, usually on entry to the school

· Acceptable use agreements to be held in pupil and personnel files


    1. Handling Complaints

The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material. (See Management of the filtering system). However, due to the global and connected nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that access to unsuitable material will never occur via a school computer. Neither the school nor St Helens Council can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences resulting from Internet use.

Complaints of Internet misuse (including social networking concerns) will be dealt with by a senior member of staff. Our Head teacher acts as first point of contact for any e-safety complaint.

Complaints of cyberbullying are dealt with in accordance with our Antibullying Policy. Complaints related to child protection are dealt with in accordance with school / LA child protection procedures.

Pupils and parents will be informed of the complaints procedure. Parents and pupils will need to work in partnership with staff to resolve issues.



Sanctions may include:

  • A temporary or permanent ban on Internet use. 
  • Suspension of online learning site logins 
  • Additional disciplinary action may be added in line with the school’s behaviour policies. 
  • Where applicable, parents and other external agencies may be contacted.


    1. Review and monitoring

The e-safety policy is referenced from within other school policies: Computing policy, Child Protection policy, Anti-Bullying policy, Behaviour policy, Personal, Social and Health Education Policy, and in  the Remote Learning via Microsoft 365 Policy.

 The school has an e-safety coordinator (role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead- DSL) who will be responsible for document ownership, review and updates. The e-safety policy will be reviewed bi-annually or when any significant changes occur regarding the technologies in use within the school. The e-safety policy has been written by the school DSL and is current and appropriate for its intended audience and purpose.

There is widespread ownership of the policy and it has been agreed by the SLT and approved by Governor. All amendments to the school e- safety policy will be discussed in detail with all members of teaching staff.


  1. Education and Curriculum
    1. Internet use to benefit education

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

Benefits of using the Internet in education include:

  • access to world-wide educational resources including museums and art galleries;
  • educational and cultural exchanges between pupils world-wide;
  • vocational, social and leisure use in libraries, clubs and at home;
  • access to experts in many fields for pupils and staff;
  • professional development for staff through access to national developments,
  • educational materials and effective curriculum practice;
  • collaboration across support services and professional associations;
  • improved access to technical support including remote management of networks and automatic system updates;
  • exchange of curriculum and administration data with St Helens Council and DfE;
  • access to learning wherever and whenever convenient


The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils. Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use. Internet access will be planned to enrich and extend learning activities. Access levels will be reviewed to reflect the curriculum requirements and age of pupils. Staff should guide pupils in on-line activities that will support the 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. At Key Stage 1, access to the Internet will be by adult demonstration and directly supervised access to specific, approved on-line materials.

    1. Pupil e-safety curriculum

From September 2020 schools must have regard to the new statutory guidance for teaching about online relationships. The guidance explains the significant role the internet plays in pupils’ lives.

Rainford C E School has a clear, progressive e-safety education programme as part of the PSHE curriculum (JIGSAW) and the Computing curriculum (written by Knowsley CLC).  Each Autumn term, the first unit of work is devoted to aspects of e-safety appropriate to the age of the pupils. However, internet safety and harms is considered throughout the curriculum, identifying thematic links across key topics in other subjects linking knowledge and vocabulary. 



 This covers a range of skills and behaviours appropriate to their age and experience, including:


  • STOP and THINK before they CLICK
  • to develop a range of strategies to evaluate and verify information before accepting its accuracy;
  • to be aware that the author of a web site / page may have a particular bias or purpose and

to develop skills to recognise what that may be;

  • E-Safety Ambassadors are appointed from Years 4, 5 and 6;
  • to know how to narrow down or refine a search;
  • [for older pupils] to understand how search engines work and to understand that this affects the results they see at the top of the listings;
  • to understand acceptable behaviour when using an online environment / email, i.e. be polite, no bad or abusive language or other inappropriate behaviour; keeping personal information private;
  • to understand how photographs can be manipulated and how web content can attract the wrong sort of attention;
  • to understand why on-line ‘friends’ may not be who they say they are and to understand why they should be careful in online environments; o to understand why they should not post or share detailed accounts of their personal lives, contact information, daily routines, location, photographs and videos and to know how to ensure they have turned-on privacy settings;
  • to understand why they must not post photos or videos of others without their permission;
  • to know not to download any files – such as music files - without permission;
  • to have strategies for dealing with receipt of inappropriate materials;
  • To understand the impact of cyberbullying, sexting and trolling and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying.
  • To know how to report any abuse including cyberbullying; and how to seek help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies, i.e. parent or carer, teacher or trusted staff member, or an organisation such as ChildLine
  • Ensures that when copying materials from the web, staff and pupils understand issues around plagiarism; how to check copyright and also know that they must respect and acknowledge copyright / intellectual property rights;
  • Ensures that staff and pupils understand the issues around aspects of the commercial use of the Internet, as age appropriate. This may include, risks in popups; buying on-line; on-line gaming / gambling;


E-Safety rules are posted in rooms with Internet access and e-safety information is displayed in a prominent place in school. E-safety rules are revisited annually, as part of the PSHE and computing curriculum to raise the awareness and importance of safe and responsible internet use both in school and at home


 It is ensured that the copying and subsequent use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law. Pupils should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy.  Pupils will be taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using Internet material in their own work. The evaluation of on-line materials is a part of every subject.

2.3 Prevent Duty

This school takes seriously its duty contained in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act (2015) to prevent pupils and those working in school from being radicalised or drawn into extremism. We will follow the advice contained within the new statutory guidance on the legal duty set out in the Prevent Duty Guidance: For England and Wales (2015) in conjunction with the other duties which we already have for keeping pupils safe.






  1. Managing Information Systems

3.1 Security of Information System

The security of the school information systems will be reviewed regularly in line Rainford C E School’s internet Security Policy. Virus protection will be updated regularly. Portable media, i.e. pen sticks, CDR and DVDs, may not be used without specific permission followed by a virus check. Sensitive data must not be removed from school via portable memory device. Unapproved system utilities and executable files will not be allowed in pupils’ work areas or attached to e-mail.


3.2 Management of Published Content

The contact details on the website are the school address, e-mail and telephone number. Staff, governors or pupils’ personal information must not be published. E-mail addresses should be published carefully, to avoid spam harvesting. The head teacher will take overall editorial responsibility of the website and ensure that content is accurate and appropriate.

The website should comply with the school’s GDPR policy. Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the website, particularly in association with photographs and written permission from parents or carers must be obtained before images of pupils are electronically published.


3.3 Management of social networking and personal publishing

The schools will block/filter access to social networking sites and Newsgroups.

Pupils will be advised that when using these sites from home they should never give out personal details of any kind which may identify them and / or their location. Examples would include real name, address, mobile or landline phone numbers, school attended, e-mail addresses, full names of friends, specific interests and clubs etc.

Pupils should be advised not to place personal photos on any social network space. Advice should be given regarding background detail in a photograph which could identify the pupil or his/her location e.g. house number, street name or school.

Pupils should be advised on security and encouraged to set 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.

Pupils should be advised not to publish specific and detailed private thoughts or actions.

Schools should be aware that bullying can take place through social networking especially when a space has been setup without a password and others are invited to see the bully’s comments.

3.4 Management of the filtering system

The school will work with Agylysis and the Local Authority to ensure that systems to protect pupils are reviewed and improved. If staff or pupils discover unsuitable sites, the URL must be reported to the Computing Coordinator who will take appropriate action.  Senior staff will ensure that regular checks are made to ensure that the filtering methods selected are appropriate, effective and reasonable.  Any material that the school believes is illegal must be reported to appropriate agencies such as IWF or CEOP.  St Helens ICT Services have control over the blocking and unblocking of certain sites. Any request to unblock will be reviewed before completion.

3.5 Protection of Personal Data

Personal data will be recorded, processed, transferred and made available according to the Data Protection Act 1998 and from May 2018 according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The school will maintain a current record of all staff, governors and pupils who are granted access to the school’s electronic communications.

3.6 Use of digital images

When using digital images, staff should inform and educate pupils about the risks associated with the taking, use, sharing, publication and distribution of images. In particular they should recognise the risks attached to publishing their own images on the internet e.g. on social networking sites.

• In accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, parents / carers are welcome to take videos and digital images of their children at school events for their own personal use. To respect everyone’s privacy and in some cases protection, these images should not be published or made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents / carers comment on any activities involving staff or other pupils in the digital / video images. Please also refer to GDPR Policy and Social Media Policy.

 • Staff and volunteers are allowed to take digital / video images to support educational aims with permission from parents, but must follow school policies concerning the sharing, distribution and publication of those images. Those images should only be taken on school equipment, the personal equipment of staff or volunteers should not be used for such purposes.

• Care should be taken when taking digital / video images that pupils are appropriately dressed and are not participating in activities that might bring the individuals or the school into disrepute.

• Pupils must not take, use, share, publish or distribute images of others without their permission.

• Photographs published on the website, or elsewhere that include pupils will be selected carefully and will comply with good practice guidance on the use of such images.

• Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on a website or blog, particularly in association with photographs.

 • Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school website or on social media. 

• Pupil’s work can only be published with the permission of the pupil and parents or carers.



3.7 Passwords and Emails

 · This school makes it clear that staff and pupils must always keep their password private, must not share it with others and must not leave it where others can find.

· All staff have their own unique username and private passwords to access school systems. Staff are responsible for keeping their password private.

· We require staff to use STRONG passwords to enter our MIS systems

· All staff to adhere to school’s email protocol and email use


  1.  Equipment and Digital Content

School Mobile Devices such as Ipads, learning pads and laptops are used on the school network.

Mobile phones brought into school are entirely at the staff member, students & parents’ or visitors own risk. The School accepts no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of any phone or hand-held device brought into school. Parents/carers/visitors are not permitted to use their mobile phones/take pictures and/or videos of staff and/or pupils on the school premises.

Student mobile phones, MP3 players, iPads, smart watches which are brought into school must be turned off (not placed on silent) and handed in to the class teacher on arrival at school. They must remain turned off and are stored in the School Office. All visitors are requested to keep their phones on silent. All mobile phone use is to be open to scrutiny and the head teacher is to be able to withdraw or restricted authorisation for use at any time if it is to be deemed necessary.

The School reserves the right to search the content of any mobile or handheld devices on the school premises where there is a reasonable suspicion that it may contain undesirable material, including those which promote pornography, violence or bullying. Where parents or students need to contact each other during the school day, they should do so only through the School’s telephone.

Staff may use their phones during break times. If a staff member is expecting a personal call they may leave their phone with the school office to answer on their behalf, or seek specific permissions to use their phone at other than their break times. Staff mobile phones and personally-owned devices will not be used in any way during lessons or formal school time. They should be switched off or silent always. Mobile phones and personally-owned mobile devices brought in to school are the responsibility of the device owner. The school accepts no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of personally-owned mobile phones or mobile devices.

Mobile phones and personally-owned devices are not permitted to be used in certain areas within the school site, e.g. changing rooms and toilets.


  1. Asset disposal

 Details of all school-owned hardware will be recorded in a hardware inventory. Details of all school-owned software will be recorded in a software inventory. All redundant equipment will be disposed of through an authorised agency. This will include a written receipt for the item including an acceptance of responsibility for the destruction of any personal data. All redundant equipment that may have held personal data will have the storage media forensically wiped. Alternatively, if the storage media has failed, it will be physically destroyed.  Disposal is organised through St Helens ICT Services.























Appendix 1

Rainford CE Primary School - Acceptable Use of ICT Agreement -Staff, Governor and any Visitors who  may use any ICT equipment, technology or mobile devices whilst on school premises.

Acceptable Use Agreement / Code of Conduct

ICT and the related technologies such as email, the internet and mobile devices are an expected part of our daily working life in school. This policy is designed to ensure that all staff, governors or visitors are aware of their professional responsibilities when using any form of ICT. All staff, governors or visitors are expected to sign this policy and adhere at all times to its contents. Any concerns or clarification should be discussed with Mrs McVey the school computing co-ordinator.

I will only use the school’s email / Internet / Intranet / Learning Platform and any related technologies for professional purposes or for uses deemed ‘reasonable’ by the Head or Governing Body.

I will comply with the ICT system security and not disclose any passwords provided to me by the school or other related authorities.

I will ensure that all electronic communications with pupils and staff are compatible with my professional role.

I will not give out my own personal details, such as mobile phone number and personal email address, to pupils.

I will only use the approved, secure email system(s) for any school business (staff members only).

 I will ensure that personal data (such as data held on SIMS) is kept secure and is used appropriately, whether in school, taken off the school premises or accessed remotely.

Personal data can only be taken out of school or accessed remotely when authorised by the Head or Governing Body.

I will not use or install any hardware or software without permission from the ICT subject leader and in reference to St Helens ICT Services/

I will not browse, download, upload or distribute any material that could be considered offensive, illegal or discriminatory.

Images of pupils and/ or staff will only be taken, stored and used for professional purposes inline with school policy and with written consent of the parent, carer or staff member.

Images will not be distributed outside the school network without the permission of the parent/ carer, member of staff or Head teacher.

I understand that all my use of the Internet and other related technologies can be monitored and logged and can be made available, on request by the Head teacher.

I will respect copyright and intellectual property rights.

I will ensure that my online activity, both in school and outside school, will not bring my professional role into disrepute.

I will support and promote the school’s E-Safety Policy and help pupils to be safe and responsible in their use of ICT and related technologies.

I will ensure that only children whose parents have given permission for them to use the Internet and ICT are enabled to do so at school.

User Signature

I agree to follow this code of conduct and to support the safe use of ICT throughout the school

Signature …….………………….………… Date ……………………

Full Name ……………………………………..........................




Appendix 2


These rules have been written to make sure that you stay safe when using the computers.

This includes cameras, laptops, I-Pads and webcams. By using the ICT in school, you have agreed to follow these rules. Your teacher will talk about these rules before you sign them and a copy will be sent home to your parents.

If you have any questions, please ask your teacher or Mrs McVey

The Golden Rule: Think before you click 

I will only use the internet when a teacher is with me 

I will tell a teacher if I see something that upsets me

I know people online might not be who they say they are

I will be polite when talking to people or writing online

I will think before I print or delete

I will be careful when using or carrying equipment

I will keep my password secret, but I can tell my family

I will remember to log off properly

I will handle all computer equipment with care

I won’t tell anyone any personal details like my phone number, address or last name

I will never put water bottles on the table when using ICT equipment




Signed (Pupil)________________________Class:__________Date: ______________




Appendix 3


These rules have been written to make sure that you stay safe and act responsibly when using the computers. When we talk about ICT, we are talking about computers, laptops, netbooks, and everything including cameras, web cams, I-Pads and tablets. These rules will have been discussed in class and a copy sent home to your parents.

If you have any questions, please ask your teacher or Mrs McVey.

Keeping Safe

I will not use ICT in school without permission from my teacher

I will be careful when going on the internet. I will log off sites when I have finished

I must keep my personal details and those of others private

At all times, I will think before I click (especially when deleting or printing)

I know that teachers can, and will, check the files and websites that I have used

I will keep my usernames and passwords secure, but I understand that I can share them with appropriate people, such as my parents or teachers


When communicating online (in blogs, emails, forums etc) I will think about the words that I use and will not use words that may offend other people. I know that I need to be polite and friendly online

I am careful about what I send as messages as they can they can viewed by the ICT co-ordinator and Headteacher

When communicating online I will only use my first name and not share personal details such as my email address, address or phone number

I understand that people online might not be who they say they are

If an online friend wants to meet me I will tell an adult. I will NEVER arrange to meet anyone without permission.

I will NOT contact any member of staff via any social networking site

Research and Fun

When using the internet, I will think about the websites that I am accessing and use the list of websites given me by my teacher

I will use clear search words so that I find the right information

When using information or pictures from websites, I will try and say which website it came from and if possible link back to the site


I will not look at other people’s files or documents without their permission

I will not install any software or hardware (including memory sticks) or try to change computer settings without permission from the teacher

I will not take or share pictures of anyone without their permission

I know that anything I put up on the internet can be read by anyone


If I find a website, image or message that is inappropriate, I will tell my teacher straight away

I will take care when using the computers and transporting equipment around. I will tell a teacher if equipment is broken or not working

I understand that if I am acting inappropriately then my parents may be informed.




Signed (Pupil)________________________Class:__________Date:________________













Appendix 4

Rainford CE Primary School E Safety Incident Log

Details of ALL e-safety incidents to be recorded in the Incident Log by the ICT Subject Leader.

This incident log will be monitored termly by the SLT and Head teacher.


Initial of person

Indicate whetherpupil or Staff member

Room and computer device

Details of Incident

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Appendix 5

Advice for Children on Cyber-bullying

If you're being bullied by phone or the Internet

• Remember, bullying is never your fault. It can be stopped and it can usually be traced.

• Don't ignore the bullying. Tell someone you trust, such as a teacher or parent, or call an advice line.

• Try to keep calm. If you are frightened, try to show it as little as possible. Don't get angry, it will only make the person bullying you more likely to continue.

• Don't give out your personal details online - if you're in a chatroom, watch what you say about where you live, the school you go to, your email address etc. All these things can help someone who wants to harm you build up a picture about you.

• Keep and save any bullying emails, text messages or images. Then you can show them to a parent or teacher as evidence.

• If you can, make a note of the time and date bullying messages or images were sent, and note any details about the sender.

There's plenty of online advice on how to react to cyberbullying. For example, www.kidscape.org and www.wiredsafety.org have some useful tips: Text/video messaging You can easily stop receiving text messages for a while by turning off incoming messages for a couple of days. This might stop the person texting you by making them believe you've changed your phone number. To find out how to do this, visit www.wiredsafety.org.

• If the bullying persists, you can change your phone number. Ask your mobile service provider.

• Don't reply to abusive or worrying text or video messages. Your mobile service provider will have a number for you to ring or text to report phone bullying. Visit their website for details.

• Don't delete messages from cyberbullies. You don't have to read them, but you should keep them as evidence.

Text harassment is a crime. If the calls are simply annoying, tell a teacher, parent or carer. If they are threatening or malicious and they persist, report them to the police, taking with you all the messages you've received.






Phone calls

If you get an abusive or silent phone call, don't hang up immediately. Instead, put the phone down and walk away for a few minutes. Then hang up or turn your phone off.

Once they realise they can't get you rattled, callers usually get bored and stop bothering you.

• Always tell someone else: a teacher, youth worker, parent, or carer. Get them to support you and monitor what's going on.

• Don't give out personal details such as your phone number to just anyone. And never leave your phone lying around. When you answer your phone, just say 'hello', not your name. If they ask you to confirm your phone number, ask what number they want and then tell them if they've got the right number or not. You can use your voicemail to vet your calls. A lot of mobiles display the caller's number. See if you recognise it. If you don't, let it divert to voicemail instead of answering it.

• And don't leave your name on your voicemail greeting. You could get an adult to record your greeting. Their voice might stop the caller ringing again.

Almost all calls nowadays can be traced.

If the problem continues, think about changing your phone number.

If you receive calls that scare or trouble you, make a note of the times and dates and report them to the police. If your mobile can record calls, take the recording too.


• Never reply to unpleasant or unwanted emails — the sender wants a response, so don't give them that satisfaction.

• Keep the emails as evidence. And tell an adult about them.

• Ask an adult to contact the sender's Internet Service Provider (ISP) by writing abuse@ and then the host, e.g. abuse@hotmail.com

• Never reply to someone you don't know, even if there's an option to 'unsubscribe'.

Replying simply confirms your email address as a real one.

Web bullying

If the bullying is on a website (e.g. Facebook) tell a teacher or parent, just as you would if the bullying was face-to-face – even if you don’t actually know the bully’s identity.

Serious bullying should be reported to the police - for example threats of a physical or sexual nature. Your parent or teacher will help you do this.

Chat rooms and instant messaging

• Never give out your name, address, phone number, school name or password online.

• It's a good idea to use a nickname. And don't give out photos of yourself.

• Don't accept emails or open files from people you don't know.

Remember it might not just be people your own age in a chat room.

• Stick to public areas in chat rooms and get out if you feel uncomfortable.

• Tell your parents or carers if you feel uncomfortable or worried about anything that happens in a chat room.

• Think carefully about what you write; don't leave yourself open to bullying.

• Don't ever give out passwords to your mobile or email account.

Three steps to stay out of harm’s way

• Respect other people - online and off. Don’t spread rumours about people or share their secrets, including their phone numbers and passwords.

• If someone insults you online or by phone, stay calm – and ignore them.

• Think how you would feel if you were bullied. You’re responsible for your own behaviour – make sure you don’t distress other people or cause them to be bullied by someone else
















Appendix 6

e-Safety Contacts and References

BBC Chat Guide -http://www.bbc.co.uk/chatguide/

Becta -http://www.becta.org.uk/schools/esafety

Childline -http://www.childline.org.uk/

Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre -http://www.ceop.gov.uk

Grid Club and the Cyber Café -http://www.gridclub.com

Internet Watch Foundation -http://www.iwf.org.uk/

Internet Safety Zone -http://www.internetsafetyzone.com/

Kidsmart -http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

NCH – The Children’s Charity -http://www.nch.org.uk/information/index.php?i=209

NSPCC -http://www.nspcc.org.uk/html/home/needadvice/needadvice.htm

Stop Text Bully -www.stoptextbully.com

Think U Know website -http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Virtual Global Taskforce – Report Abuse -http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/














Appendix 7- Safety Agreement Poster