Naturally there are concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, and we are therefore taking positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school Internet Service Provider, Atomwide, operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials wherever necessary. Atomwide operates an internet service for all schools in the London Borough of Richmond and updates its filtering system daily.Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure that suitable restrictions are placed on the ability of children to access inappropriate materials, the school cannot be held responsible for the nature or content of materials accessed through the internet. The school will not be liable for any damages arising from your child’s use of the internet facilities.Should you wish to discuss any aspect of internet use, please telephone the school to make an appointment with the head teacher.At St. Mary’s we use the computers and internet for learning. These rules will help us to be fair to others and keep everyone safe.
- I will ask permission before entering any web site, unless my teacher has already approved that site
- I will not look at, change or delete other people’s files or work
- I will not bring external hard drives, such as: mp3, memory sticks into school without permission
- I will only e-mail people I know, or who my teacher has approved
- The messages I send will be polite and sensible
- When sending an e-mail, I will not give my home address or phone number, or arrange to meet someone
- I will ask permission before opening an e-mail or an e-mail attachment sent by someone I do not know.
- I will not use any internet chat rooms or newsgroups
- If I see anything I am unhappy with or I receive messages I do not like, I will tell a teacher immediately
- I know that the school may check my computer files and may monitor the internet sites I visit
- I understand that if I deliberately break these rules, I could be stopped from using the internet or the computers in school.
The school may exercise its right to monitor electronically the use of the school’s computer systems. This includes: websites; e-mails; and materials in circumstances where it believes unauthorised use of the school’s computer system is or may be taking place, or the system is or may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing text or imagery which is unauthorised or unlawful.