Ministry of Education and the Emirates Safer Internet Society' E-SAFE are exploring ways of keeping students safe online. Such initiatives aim at spreading safer e-culture awareness among students to protect them from dangers of addiction to electronic games. They also aim at educating students about the health, psychological and behavioral damages of cybercrimes, in order to promote their electronic citizenship in a scientific and systematic manner, in line with UAE leadership vision, which seeks to provide a safer internet environment for children. We here at EASTPOINT have our online safety policy to safeguard our students against cyber related crimes and prevent them from online game addiction.
The aims of this policy are to ensure that:
we safeguard the pupils in the real and virtual world
students, staff, and parents are educated to understand what cyberbullying is and what its consequences can be.
knowledge, policies, and procedures are in place to prevent incidents of cyberbullying in school or within the school community
we have effective measures to deal effectively with cases of cyberbullying
we monitor the effectiveness of prevention measures
Students will be made aware of acceptable and unacceptable Internet use.
Students will be taught, where appropriate, to be critically aware of the materials/content they access online and be guided to validate the accuracy of information.
Students will be educated about the effective use of the Internet.
Students will be taught how to evaluate Internet content by ICT teachers.
Students will be taught how to report unpleasant Internet content to their class teacher, supervisor or counselor
The school Internet access is designed expressly for student use and includes filtering appropriate to the needs of our students.
All students and staff understand the importance of password security and the need to log out of accounts.
The school has a duty of care to provide a safe learning environment for all its students and staff and will ensure the following:
Blocking student access to social media sites within school boundaries
Created awareness sessions for the students about the safe usage of internet (cyber bullying)
Educating both students and staff as to why they should not engage in online discussion revealing personal matters relating to any members of the school community
Distance learning is through google classroom and every student is logging in with the specific username and it is password protected.
Keep the computer in a the living room so that no content accessed by the user is confidential
Always ensure that you are monitoring the internet usage and searching the history to rule out access to any unwanted sites.
Set time limits.
Switch Safe Search on as a setting. To prevent the access to the adult content.
Remind them that they should not engage in any form of cyberbullying They should not do anything online that they would be ashamed of doing in real life.
If your children have started to do their homework online, or are gathering information, researching facts etc., explain to them clearly how they should not “copy and paste” (plagiarize) content for their homework, unless they mention sources etc. Their teachers should help them understand this, but you should make it clear that this is not on.
Be involved. Be courteous. Be alert. Show on-going interest in what they are playing, reading, doing online. And always remind them that there is life (and a wonderful one) outside that screen.
From the beginning of this academic year itself we started with distance learning.so initial surveys were conducted to ensure that the students have access to the device. Afterwards the classes were started in the virtual platform through google classroom.
All members of the School community are aware they have a duty to bring to the attention of the principal in case of any cyber-bullying or harassment or misuse of technology that they know about or suspect. Teaching staff know to respond effectively to reports of cyber-bullying or harassment and as a school there are systems in place to respond to it.
We endeavour to block access to inappropriate web sites, using firewalls, antivirus protection and filtering systems. Students are only permitted to use devices connected to the internet with permission from a teacher. We will take action against those who take part in cyber-bullying in line with the guidelines in the Anti-Bullying policy.
Students are encouraged to report any suspicions of cyberbullying and have access to the school counsellor. Support is offered to victims of cyberbullying including emotional support and reassurance. Sanctions are issued in line with our Anti-Bullying policy.