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 on our facebook and twitter pages. 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.
We recognise that most of our students are unaware of life without games consoles, email, facebook, twitter, instagram, iPads, smart phones and more. It is no surprise that 70% of parents of children aged 12-15 feel that their children know more about the internet than they do.
The online world is part of education and the bright futures that our pupils will enjoy. It is a fantastic tool when used sensibly and responsibly. Used in the wrong way, however, we are open to cyber-bullying, unwanted contact/grooming, identity theft and illegal material.