School Internet Policy

The school recognises that, under certain circumstances, the Internet can give children access to undesirable information and images. We have done all that is possible to ensure children are protected from such information through the use of security software, limiting of features and the construction of an Intranet and Website that provide as safe an environment as possible. The children are taught to use the facility sensibly and with proper consideration for others.

It is recommended that parents using the Internet at home with children, develop a similar set of rules and invest in appropriate security software.

The following rules ensure the privacy and safety of pupils when using the Internet.

  • Children are only referred to by first names on our webpages.
  • There are no photographic images of children on our website.
  • Children and staff will never reveal their personal details, and home addresses & telephone numbers on the web or in dialogue with other Internet users.
  • Children do not have individual E-mail addresses.
  • All E-mail to classes will be moderated by the classteacher.
  • Children will not engage in conversation or dialogue with other users on the Internet without permission or supervision from their teacher.
  • Children are only allowed to use the provided links by themselves. The free use of Search Engines, is not permitted, unless in the presence of a teacher or other adult in school.
  • The Search Engines used by children at Marshfield all offer a filtered list of links.
  • Any child finding themselves uncomfortable or upset by anything they discover on the Internet will report it to a teacher immediately.
  • Downloading of files is restricted to staff, or children under supervision.
  • Children have no access to Chatrooms or Newsgroups.
  • All Internet access at Marshfield Primary School is filtered through a proxy server to screen undesirable sites at source - this facility must only be disabled by the ICT coordinator.