Online Safety Policy
Scope of the Policy
This policy applies to all members of the Federation community (including staff, pupils, volunteers, parents/carers, visitors, community users) who have access to and are users of the schools’ digital technology systems, both in and out of the schools.
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 empowers Headteachers to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour of pupils when they are off school premises and empowers members of staff to impose disciplinary penalties for inappropriate behaviour. This is pertinent to incidents of online bullying or other Online Safety incidents covered by this policy, which may take place outside school, but is linked to membership of the school. The 2011 Education Act increased these powers with regard to the searching for and of electronic devices and the deletion of data. In the case of both acts, action can only be taken over issues covered by the published Behaviour Policy.
The Federation will deal with such incidents within this policy and associated behaviour and anti-bullying policies and will, where known, inform parents/carers of incidents of inappropriate online safety behaviour that take place out of school.