The Internet and other digital technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and students learn from each other. The use of these exciting and innovative tools in school and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote student achievement.

Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe Internet access at all times and as such Washington School’s e-Safety strategy (of which the e-safety policy plays a pivotal role) will help all to ensure a safe and appropriate use of the internet and digital technologies.

The use of new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. Some of the dangers they may face include:

–          Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content.

–          Unauthorised access to / loss of / sharing of personal information.

–          The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the Internet.

–          The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge.

–          Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers.

–          Cyber-bullying.

–          Access to unsuitable video / Internet games.

–          Illegal downloading of music or video files.

–          The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.

We have invested in Impero Education Pro e-safety & internet safety software to ensure our school network is as safe as can be for your children, click the logo below to read about the features of this software and how it plays a key role in keeping our children safe.

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Many of these risks reflect situations in the off-line world and it is essential that Washington School and its community work together to eliminate as much risk as is possible.

In working towards this Washington School has invested in the development of a comprehensive monitoring strategy that allows the school to proactively work with our students and their parents / carers to reduce the risks and dangers described above.

There is a range of online support & guidance websites for students, parents / carers and staff that provide vital information on the safe use of the internet and digital technologies. Four examples of these are provided below.