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Acceptable use of ICT/Internet Safety

Philosophy

At The Henry Cort Community College we believe that the use of Information and Communication Technology prepares students to participate in a rapidly changing world in which learning and work increasingly becoming virtualised.  Students use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination.  They learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.  We have increasingly invested in the use of communication and learning platforms to extend outside of the classroom.  Students are taught and expected use them responsibly.

Data security and privacy

  • Protect work by keeping your personal passwords private.  Use of someone else’s personal logon/name or password is forbidden.  Please see the Network Team if you have forgotten your password.
  • Do not breach security or alter settings on the computers in any way.
  • There is no need to use USB keys, as work can be accessed through google drive.
  • You should not open any applications or files that you do not recognise & never deliberately install and use software any malicious code on college ICT resources

Internet

  • Use of the internet is for study or for college authorised/supervised activities only.  “Chat” activities are banned.
  • Use of the internet to obtain, download, send, print, display or otherwise transmit or gain access to materials which are unlawful, obscene or abusive is forbidden.
  • Do not download or play games on any college ICT equipment.
  • Do not attempt to bypass the internet filter.  All internet use on ICT resources is monitored on an on-going basis and our safeguarding team may decide to share your history.
  • All communications that are sent and received are subject to monitoring, and where necessary could be used to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Equipment

  • Do not eat or drink anywhere there is ICT equipment.
  • Do not damage, disable, or otherwise harm the operation of computers.
  • Always report damaged or bad working hardware or software to the teacher or Network Team.
  • Do not print resources unnecessarily.  All students have a termly printer limit that will only be lifted at the discretion of the Network Manager.
  • Do not take images / videos of staff or students using the college or your own private recording equipment.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

CEOP (www.ceop.police.uk) helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they have met is trying to abuse them.  If you have met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feel uncomfortable you should either report it to a member of staff, or directly to CEOP.

Click CEOP Internet Safety

How are secondary schools supporting children's online safety?

For parents interested in knowing how to support online safety, and to find out more about how schools can work with you please watch the following. https://lgfl.planetestream.com/View.aspx?ID=786~3I~Tnipbr

Page updated: 23 September 2020
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