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Cononley Primary School recognises that internet, mobile and digital technologies provide a good opportunity for children and young people to learn, socialise and play, provided they are safe.

The digital world is an amazing place, but with few rules. It is vast and fast moving and young people’s future economic success may be partly dependent on their online skills and reputation. We are, therefore, committed to ensuring that all pupils, staff and governors will be able to use internet, mobile and digital technologies safely. This is part of our safeguarding responsibility. Staff are aware that some pupils may require additional support or teaching, including reminders, prompts and further explanation to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of online safety issues. We are also committed to ensuring that all those who work with children and young people, including their parents/carers, are informed about the ever-changing risks so that they can take an active part in the safeguarding of children. Please note: 

  • Children are not allowed 'Fit Bits' (or similar devices) or Smart Watches in school.
  • Children are not allowed mobile phones in school unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parents/ carers should seek permission from the headteacher and class teacher via email if there is a reason why their child needs to bring a mobile phone to school. If permission is granted, it is on the understanding that the phone will be handed to the class teacher at the start of the day and returned at the end of the school day. All such devices must be switched off until the end of the day. Under no circumstance should pupils use their personal mobile devices/phones to take images of  any other pupil or any member of staff.  

The school is not responsible for the loss, damage or theft on school premises of any personal mobile device. 

Parents/ carers must ensure there is no inappropriate or illegal content on the device. 

Filtering and Monitoring

The Department for Education provides schools with statutory guidance about how what schools must do to must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18. The publication is called 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. This year's updates include filtering and monitoring standards to keep children safe on-line.

What is filtering and monitoring?

Filtering systems: block access to harmful sites and content. 

Monitoring systems: identify when a user accesses or searches for certain types of harmful content on school and college devices (it doesn't stop someone accessing it). School is then alerted to any concerning content so you can intervene and respond.

Schools now need to:

• identify and assign roles and responsibilities to manage filtering and monitoring systems

•review filtering and monitoring provision at least annually

•block harmful and inappropriate content without unreasonably impacting teaching and learning

•have effective monitoring strategies in place that meet their safeguarding needs

At Cononley Primary School, the following people have responsibility for filtering and monitoring:

Catherine Pickles Designated Safeguarding Lead
Rachel Price Waite Filtering and Monitoring Governor

Please contact them if you have any concerns. 

The monitoring and filtering systems is Smoothwall and is managed by NYES digital. Smoothwall provides reports and daily email updates to let school know if there have been any searches for concerning content by anyone using our school lap tops and i-pads.

Please click the links below to read our On-Line Safety Policy and to access Online Safety advice and guidance for both adults and children. The link to our Safeguarding page is located underneath.