New technologies have become an integral part of life in today’s society. The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and pupils learn from each other. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.

Wyvern has a duty of care to ensure that the internet and related communication technologies are used appropriately and safely. The use of these exciting and innovative tools in the academy and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote pupil achievement.

There are many positive aspects to children using the internet. When we become aware of the possible problems, we should not panic and withdraw all access. A responsible caring attitude will ensure the problem does not get ‘shifted’ somewhere else. The main areas of concern for us are social networking sites as this is the fastest growing area of internet use by young people and ‘cyber-bullying’.

As an academy we provide the necessary safeguards to help ensure that we have done everything that could reasonably be expected to manage and reduce these risks, in conjunction with our internet provider the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). We want to ensure that the whole academy community – pupils, parents, carers and staff – are responsible users and stay safe when using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use.

E-safety Resources

Thinkuknow – www.thinkuknow.co.uk 

Safer Internet Centre – www.saferinternet.org.uk

CEOP – ceop.police.uk

Vodafone Digital Parenting – www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html

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