Internet Safety

Every classroom at King’s is equipped with Apple TV and every student and member of staff has the latest tablet device. To use the King’s IT network, all students and parents must agree and sign our ICT Usage Contract. Students who break the Contract will have their network account disabled and iPad confiscated.

Staying

Safe Online

Username and Password

On joining King’s students are issued with an Apple account for access to the network system. Students are not allowed to sign out of the account to use the system with a personal username or password. If students do this, they will need to be signed back in by a senior member of staff and will risk having their iPad confiscated.

Computer Games

Computer games are not allowed to be brought into or played in the Academy. This includes web-based games on the Internet.

E-mail

The Academy is keen to ensure that we communicate with parents as quickly and effectively as possible. We hope that you are able to provide an up to date email address for us that will facilitate this form of communication. It will allow us to send important reminders and email alerts as well as up to the minute copies of the fortnightly King’s Newsletter.

Social Networking Guidance

The widespread availability and use of mobile technology and social networking applications brings opportunities to understand, engage and communicate with audiences in new ways. Whilst we embrace these technologies our Mobile Phone and e-Safety Policies do not permit students to access these sites during the school day. Please be aware that Facebook is targeted at older teenagers and adults. They have a no under 13 registration policy and reccommend parental guidance for 13 to 16 year olds. Their privacy policy and guidance for parents can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=%20322194465300

Use of mobile technologies and social media sites does on occasion lead to incidents of “cyber bullying”. Whilst we have a zero tolerance to bullying, by adopting the recommended no use of mobile phones/social networking sites on school premises, bullying issues linked to use of this media outside of the school day will not be dealt with unless it is directly impacting on student’ relationships in school. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to monitor their childs mobile phone/social networking site usage.

Online Safety Tips

  • Remember, everyone you meet online is a stranger, even though they may seem like a friend.
  • Always use a nickname when you log on and never give out any personal details that would allow someone you meet online to contact you. This means full name, home or school address, telephone number, personal email or mobile number.
  • Never arrange to meet up alone with someone you make friends with online, but if you are going to anyway, take an adult you trust and meet in a public place.
  • Try to have your online conversations in public; people are less likely to hassle you if other people can see them doing it.
  • Accepting emails or opening files from people you don’t really know can get you into trouble – they may contain viruses, nasty messages or annoying links to things you don’t want to see.
  • Talk to an adult you know well and ask for help if you’re worried or upset about anything you’ve seen or been sent online.