Our E-Safety Vision: As a School, we are dedicated to providing a safe environment for children, so they can focus on learning, growing and achieving, academically and socially. The Internet and mobile technology are fantastic tools; our aim is to make sure pupils get the best use from them by educating them in using it safely and responsibly.
The Cotswold School recognises that clear E-safety guidance and planning will help to ensure appropriate, effective and safer use of electronic communications.
End to End E-safety encompasses internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology. It highlights the need to education children and young people about the benefits and risks of using new technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences.
The School works towards being compliant with current e-safety legislation. We are vigilant and ensure we are informed and importantly, we take steps to inform our school community.
You will see e-safety updates in our school newsletter and also via our social media pages on facebook and twitter. You will also note that our e-safety messages are often linked to our messages regarding anti-bullying. We are all painfully aware of cyber-bullying and the damaging role it can play in young people’s lives.
Bullying in any form at our school will not be tolerated.
Young people are natives in the online world (much more so than many adults) and we recognise that most of our students are unaware of life without Games Consoles, email, facebook, twitter, instagram, iPads, mobile phones and more. It is no surprise then that 70% of parents of children aged 12-15 feel that their children know more about the internet than they do.
We recognise that the online world is not just a fantastic tool when used sensibly and responsibly – it is very much part of education and the bright futures that our pupils will enjoy. Used in the wrong way, however, we are open to cyber-bullying, unwanted contact/grooming, identity theft and harmful content/illegal material.