ICT in the 21st Century is seen as 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, at St Mary’s we need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
e-safety involves pupils, staff, governors and parents making best use of technology, information, training and this policy to create and maintain a safe online and ICT environment for St Mary’s School.
"As in any other area of life, children and young people are vulnerable and may expose themselves to danger - knowingly or unknowingly - when using the Internet and other digital technologies. Indeed, some young people may find themselves involved in activities which are inappropriate or possibly illegal. To ignore e-safety issues when implementing the requirements of Every Child Matters could ultimately lead to significant gaps in child protection policies, leaving children and young people vulnerable."
From: Safeguarding Children in a Digital World, BECTA 2006
Our e-safety Policy has been written by the school, following government guidance. It has been agreed and approved by governors.
- The school’s e-safety coordinators are Mr Milne and Miss Scrivens
- The e-Safety Governor is Briony Sellar
- The e-safety Policy and its implementation shall be reviewed biennially.