The Internet is an essential resource to support teaching and learning. The curriculum requires pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using ICT.
In delivering the curriculum, teachers need to plan to integrate the use of communications technology such as web-based resources and e-mail and mobile learning, phones and touch screen tablet devices. Computer skills are vital to access life-long learning and employment; indeed Computing is now seen as an essential life-skill.
Young people have access to the Internet from many places, home, school, friends’ homes, libraries and mobile devices. Schools have a number of services to help ensure that curriculum use is safe and appropriate, however access out of school does not usually have these services and has a range of risks associated with its use. Schools are ideally placed to help young people learn to become e-safe. This policy is designed to ensure safe Internet use by pupils and staff both in and outside school.