ONLINE SAFETY POLICY

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.
Being committed to a responsible and effective use of the internet. Using Internet only for School related purposes and not for personal matters. Participating in all activities that help enhance and improve the professional aspect of any employee would be acceptable including online research and training. Ensuring there is no unauthorized use of internet by anyone in the School. Using all available online teaching resources in the teaching and learning activities involving research and collaboration with other professionals in the educational field. Enhancing the ICT skills and competencies of students to improve their learning. Promoting the use of the Internet to support career counselling and investigating options for higher education most suited for individual students’ interest. Supporting students’ personal and social development through focused lessons with cross curricular links, cross country collaborative projects, e-learning and real-life experiences. I hereby acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this document on CYBER SAFETY and CYBER ETIQUTTES
I will not: Use school technologies in a way that could be personally or physically harmful. Attempt to find inappropriate images or content; intent to seek inappropriate images or content is a violation of Acceptable Use Policy. Photographs of staff, pupils, and any other members of the school community will not be used outside the school network unless written permission has been granted by the subject of the photograph or their parent/guardian. I will always ask the permission of the authorities before taking a photograph and understand that it is punishable offense if done without permission. Create a personal mobile “hot-spot” or utilize a “proxy site” for the purpose of circumventing network safety measures and filtering tools. Create, distribute, or deploy multi-user servers or gaming software on or within the school network. Engage in cyber bullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others. Use school technologies to send spam or chain mail. Plagiarize content I find online. Post or otherwise disclose personally identifying information, about myself or others. Agree to meet someone I meet online in real life. Use unacceptable language online that would be unacceptable in the classroom. Use school technologies for illegal activities or to pursue information on such activities. Attempt to hack or access sites, servers, or content that is not intended for my use. I hereby acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this document on CYBER SAFETY and CYBER ETIQUTTES
I will: Use school technologies for school-related activities. Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that I am expected to follow offline. Treat school resources carefully, and alert staff if there is any problem with their operation. Encourage positive, constructive discussion if allowed to use communicative or collaborative technologies. Alert a teacher or other staff member if I see threatening, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, and posts) online. I feel free to mail about the cyber safety incidents so that it will be addressed by the online safety group. Use school technologies at appropriate times, in approved places, for educational pursuits. Cite sources when using online sites and resources for reference. Be cautious to protect the safety of myself and others. Report any incident of cyberbullying /online safety issues. Help to protect the security of school resources. I hereby acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this document on CYBER SAFETY and CYBER ETIQUTTES
Any use that violates any federal, state, or local law or regulation, including copyright laws of the school Any use to harass, discriminate, threaten, defame, demean, or intimidate the school. Any use involving materials or language that is obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit, or sexually suggestive, or vulgar. Any use for private financial gain, advertising, or solicitation purposes Providing school E-mail addresses or telephone numbers to outside parties whose intent is to communicate with school employees, students and/or their families for non-school purposes Obtaining confidential information about student or employees for non-school related activities or sharing confidential information about students or employees for non-school related activities: Downloading or loading software or applications without permission from the school authorities. Opening or forwarding any E-mail attachments from unknown sources Sending mass E-mails to school users or outside parties for school or non-school purposes without the permission of the school authorities. Participating in any type of use which would cause congestion of the network or interfere with the work of others. Any misuse or disruption of school information technology, including intentional physical misuse or damage, or any breach or attempt to breach the security features of school information technology Revealing one’s password to anyone else, using anyone else’s password, or pretending to be someone else when sending information over school information technology. Accessing or attempting to access unauthorized sites on the Internet Any unauthorized attempt to modify, delete, erase, or otherwise conceal any information that is stored on school information technology, including someone else’s work or data, and any attempt to modify, delete, erase, or otherwise conceal any information that shows a violation of this Policy, Any communication that violates generally accepted rules of E-mail or computer etiquette and/or professional conduct. I hereby acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to the terms of this document on CYBER SAFETY and CYBER ETIQUTTES.