What do we Provide for our Students?
On arrival at our school, your daughter will receive a login to our system. This includes:
- Space to save documents and files
- An e-mail account
- Filtered access to the Internet
- A login to our Virtual Learning Environment (Frog)
We believe strongly that technology is a valuable tool for learning and encourage our students to conduct online research, work electronically and use educational apps wherever possible. To support this in school we offer students access to our wi-fi network so that they can use their own phones in school. This requires them to login with their school password and once logged on their internet searches can be tracked. The system does not give anyone access to the content of their phones.
The school has central filtering systems which block sites with inappropriate content for all users whether they are on a school device or a personal device. All students are reminded of their online safety and responsibilities every September and sign an agreement with the school agreeing to use the systems appropriately.
However there are risks in using any technology and unfortunately some young people may expose themselves to danger either knowingly or unknowingly. We can and do take great care to restrict access to inappropriate materials, but some students may use their mobile phones to access information using their own data plans. Some may even try to get round the security of the network using apps such as VPNs and try to get to inappropriate sites using our wi-fi. We will raise concerns with you when we find them but ask that if your daughter brings a mobile device to school please will you help us in keeping her safe by checking that she does not deliberately try to by-pass our network security and expose herself to danger.
eSafety Guides for Parents
More guides can be found on the National Online Safety’s Platform Guides Portal.
It would be impossible to document every potential use of ICT equipment in lessons and a list of ‘Acceptable Uses’ would very quickly be out of date. Instead, we teach our students about ‘Unacceptable Use’.
Unacceptable Use is described as any activity which is; outside the specific learning aim for that lesson or activity, illegal, dangerous, or where the equipment is used to make any other student, member of staff or member of the public feel uncomfortable or vulnerable.