Four Dwellings Primary Academy is protected by E-Safe as part of our trust safeguarding procedures.

eSafe is a robust and intelligent outsourced monitoring solution that’s designed to help educational leaders meet their statutory duty to safeguard students in their care – by taking the strain of detecting safeguarding risks early.

eSafe works around the clock – 24/7, 365 days a year – providing three vital components for detecting the subtle early warning signs of students who are potentially at risk and may require support or an intervention plan.

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Technology in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.

Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web- based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:

• Websites

• Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments, (Moodle)

• E-mail and Instant Messaging (AET Mail, Text to Parents)

• Chat Rooms and Social Networking (Facebook)

• Blogs and Wikis

• Podcasting

• Video Broadcasting

• Music Downloading

• Gaming

• Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality

• Other mobile devices with web functionality

Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.

At Four Dwellings Primary Academy, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

Schools hold personal data on learners, staff and other people to help them conduct their day- to-day activities. Some of this information is sensitive and could be used by another person or criminal organisation to cause harm or distress to an individual. The loss of sensitive information can result in media coverage, and potentially damage the reputation of the school. This can make it more difficult for your school to use technology to benefit learners.

Everybody in the school has a shared responsibility to secure any sensitive information used in their day to day professional duties and even staff not directly involved in data handling should be made aware of the risks and threats and how to minimise them.

Need Extra Information? Visit Kidsmart a leading E-Safety Organisation that helps promote the safe use of technology in schools.

Click to visit the Kidsmart Website for loads of great tips and advice for using technology safely.

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Common Sense Media

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Media and technology are at the center of kids' lives every day. From a very young age, kids use technology at home and at school to connect with friends and family and to document their lives and create digital content of their own. With more and more of life happening online, what catches kids' attention isn't always what's best for them, and what companies do with their personal information isn't always clear.

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Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids. Together with policymakers, industry leaders, and global media partners, we're building a digital world that works better for all kids, their families, and their communities.

Updated February 2020