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E-Safety

The overall aim for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is to enrich learning for all
pupils; to ensure that it is embedded and effectively used in every area of school life; and to develop ICT skills for lifelong learning and success. Antrim Grammar embraces the use of ICT, however is committed to educating all pupils on the importance of E Safety.

The following structures are in place to support and educate all within the school community on the issue of E safety:

  • Parental Events
  • Pupil workshops
  • ICT Strategy Group
  • Pupil led ‘bEsafe’ group
  • Education through the curriculum
  • E safety assemblies

Furthermore, in accordance with the DENI Circular 2011/22 (an Addendum to 2007/1), the school adopts the following safeguarding principles:

  • C2K provides an effective filtering system
  • This filtering system operates by blocking access to sensitive material
  • If pupils access a site they think should be blocked, they have a duty to inform the school Principal immediately; the Principal will then report this to the C2K Helpdesk
  • Materials from blocked sites (such as drugs information) may only be used in the classroom with the approval of the Board of Governors
  • Parents will be advised that pupils may not bring into school materials from restricted or blocked sites
  • The school is responsible for any site not protected by C2K, and will ensure that effective firewalls are in place
  • The school notes and will comply with, all of the advice in DENI Circular 2011/22, regarding the safeguarding of access by pupils to sites outside the C2K service
  • The risks of such sites will be gauged and monitored, for the protection of all pupils
  • The safety and well-being of pupils is the paramount consideration of the school

Whilst there is no legal obligation to do so, it is good practice to inform parents about school policies regarding the safe and acceptable use of internet and digital technologies; this also applies to communications about blocked sites.