An essential part of all our pupils education and learning is the access and use of modern technologies. All pupils are provided with access to monitored digital technologies in and out of school. It is believed that the effective use of digital technologies is worthwhile and an essential skill that pupils need to stay safe, and make progress.
Educators and other professionals working with pupils play a key role in supporting pupils to learn how to stay safe online. This is done by embedding online safety across the curriculum and monitoring/acting on concerns such as cyberbullying as soon as they are identified.
Parents and carers also play a crucial role in ensuring that their daughters understand the need to use digital technologies in an appropriate way, and learn about how to stay safe online. It is acknowledged that it can be difficult for parents to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use. To help parents to keep their daughter safe online there is a list of links which are regularly updated with relevant and current support and guidance.
The school has "Rules for Responsible ICT Usage" and an “eSafety Policy” . We recommend that parents and pupils read and are familiar with this advice. Although there are concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, Hodge Hill Girls' School has taken positive steps to reduce this risk within school. Birmingham City Council operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. In addition, the school uses tools that pro-actively monitor digital technology usage.
Whilst every endeavor is made to ensure that suitable restrictions are placed on the ability of pupils to access inappropriate materials, the School cannot be held responsible for the nature or content of materials accessed through the Internet. The School will not be liable for any damages arising from your child’s use of the Internet facilities. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of Internet use, please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
Useful Links for Parents/Carers
UK Safer Internet Centre – Guidance for parents and carers
Parent Zone - Experts in digital family life
Common Sense Media for Families – Age-appropriate reviews of movies/games/apps/books
Kidscape – Anti-bullying guidance, including parent advice phone line
ChildNet International – Online safety advice for parents/carers
ThinkUKnow – Education programme from NCA-CEOP, aimed at protecting children on and off-line
Internet Matters – Helping parents keep their children safe online
NSPCC / O2 – Online safety partnership