The internet and other digital and information technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society. At The Grangefield Academy we are committed to the safe use of such technologies both within and outside of the academy. The internet is increasingly becoming a valuable tool in education for learners of all ages and we acknowledge that computers and the internet do have the potential for inappropriate use. We have a duty of care to protect our students, hence we are taking all reasonable steps to minimise this risk. The requirement to ensure that children and young people are able to use the internet and related communications technologies appropriately and safely is addressed in our e-safety policy and the academy will endeavour to ensure the e-safety of all members. We will use education, technology, accountability and responsibility as the key ways to achieve this. A clear objective of the academy is to educate students in safe use of ICT and the internet. We feel this is one of the best ways to minimise the potential for any e-safety issues to occur.
The Grangefield Academy works with staff, students and parents/carers to create a community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, encourages responsible use of ICT, and follows agreed policies to minimise potential e-safety risks. We discuss, monitor and review our e-safety policy on a regular basis, linking it with other relevant policies such as Safeguarding, Pupil Behaviour and Anti-Bullying. We support staff in the use of ICT as an essential tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of e-safety across the whole curriculum. We ensure that students are aware of the potential e-safety risks associated with the use of ICT and mobile technologies, that students feel able and safe to report incidents and abide by the academy’s e-safety policy.