Telephone Number:- 02380 864 228 Calmore Infant School Calmore Drive  Calmore, Totton SO40 - 2ZZ AT CALMORE Registered Charity Number:- 1062510
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Social Networking & Online Safety
Online Safety We take steps to ensure that there are effective procedures in place to protect our children from the unacceptable use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment or exposure to inappropriate materials in the setting. Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment Only ICT equipment belonging to the setting is used by staff and children. The Manager is responsible for ensuring all ICT equipment is safe and fit for purpose. All computers have virus protection installed. The Manager ensures that safety settings are set to ensure that inappropriate material cannot be accessed. Internet Access Children never have unsupervised access to the internet. If staff access the internet with children for the purposes of promoting their learning, the Manager has overall responsibility for ensuring that children and young people are safeguarded. Children are taught that they can only use a Tablet with the support of an adult. Tablets are not left anywhere that is accessible to children. Children are not allowed to access social networking sites. Staff report any suspicious or offensive material, including material which may incite racism, bullying or discrimination to the Internet Watch Foundation at Suspicions that an adult is attempting to make inappropriate contact with a child on-line is reported to the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre at If staff become aware that a child is the victim of cyber-bullying, they discuss this with their parents and refer them to sources of help, such as the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or, or Childline on 0800 1111 or e-mail Children are not permitted to use email in the setting. Parents and staff are not normally permitted to use setting equipment to access personal emails. Staff do not access personal or work email whilst supervising children. Staff send personal information by encrypted email and share information securely at all times. Electronic learning journals for recording children’s progress Caterpillars Pre-school use Tapestry an online learning journal, to record children’s progress. Staff adhere to the guidance provided with the system at all times. Use and/or distribution of inappropriate images Staff are aware that it is an offence to distribute indecent images. In the event of a concern that a colleague or other person is behaving inappropriately, the Safeguarding Children and Child Protection policy, in relation to allegations against staff and/or responding to suspicions of abuse, is followed Staff are aware that grooming children and young people on line is an offence in its own right and concerns about a colleague’s or others’ behaviour are reported (as above). Social Media Social media, professional networking sites, and personal Web sites are all useful technologies. Every employee and visiting student has an opportunity to express and communicate on-line in many ways, and the Manager and Committee do not wish to discourage an on-line presence. However, Caterpillars Pre-School does not encourage their employees or Parents to write about the Pre-School/Staff/and especially children in any way and would request them not to do so. Above all else, everyone needs to use good judgement on what material makes its way on-line. This policy will set forth guidelines that employees, students, parents and carers should follow for all on-line communications. Relevant technologies This policy includes (but is not limited to) the following specific technologies: Personal blogs Twitter Facebook MySpace Responsibility At no time should any posts be made in reference to Caterpillars Pre-School, Children, Parents or other professionals that includes employees or students who you may come in to contact with through work. At no time must any photographs or materials be published that identify the setting, its staff or children. Exception is made for Caterpillar’s Facebook page, as this is monitored by Staff and Committee members. Any member of staff or student found to be posting remarks or comments that breach confidentiality and or are deemed to be of a detrimental nature to the pre-school or other employees or posting/publishing photographs of the setting, children or staff may face disciplinary action in line with the pre-school’s disciplinary procedures. (Students will be asked to leave immediately). Guidelines Caterpillars Pre School employees, visiting students, volunteers, committee members and parents are encouraged to use the following guidelines in social networking practices: Remember that no information sent over the web is totally secure and as such if you do not wish the information to be made public refrain from sending it over a social network site. Maintain professionalism, honesty, and respect Apply a "good judgement" test for every social networking post that you make.  Could you be guilty of leaking information, discussing confidential information? Is it negative commentary regarding Caterpillars Pre School, its’ employees or children? Furthermore, if a staff member becomes aware of any social networking activity that identifies or makes reference to Caterpillars Pre School they must advise The Manager, Lianne Appleby and/or the current Chairperson.    References to other relevant policies: Safeguarding Children & Child Protection, Confidentiality & Client Access to records, Information Sharing, Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality , Achieving Positive Behaviour, The Role of the Key Person, Children’s Records, Disciplinary & Grievance, Making a Compliant, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Information. This policy will be monitored and evaluated as per our rolling programme at staff meetings. It will be reviewed annually by the Chairperson in conjunction with the staff team and Committee unless new legislation or an incident occurs which requires an immediate review of the policy    This policy was adopted on: July 2017