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Mobile Phone in School and Safe Use of the Internet School Policy

Internet Safety in School

Perth & Kinross Council and the Technical Support Team (EST) provide tight security regarding appropriate access within council premises and schools.  The Internet is used for a range of purposes including:

1        Helping with homework and research

2        Buying and downloading music*

3        Conversation tools such as email, MSN*, bebo*, chat rooms*

4        Trading sites such as EBay*

5        Setting up own web sites/home page*

6        Blogging

 * Not permitted on school premises

Whilst there are many benefits for children there are potential threats to young people online.

 

Some helpful reminders & contacts for pupils, parents and carers:-

  • Don't reply to bullying or threatening text messages or emails - this could make matters worse. It also lets the bullying people know that they have found a 'live' phone number or email address.  They may get bored quite quickly if you ignore them.
  •  Don't give out your personal details online - if you're in a chat room, watch what you say about where you live, the school you go to, your email address etc.  All these things can help someone who wants to harm you or build up a picture about you.
  • Don't forward abusive texts or emails or images to anyone.  You could be breaking the law just by forwarding them.  If they are about you, keep them as evidence.  If they are about someone else, delete them and don't reply to the sender.
  • Don't ever give out passwords to your mobile or email account.

Some Useful Contacts:-

If you feel you are being bullied through your mobile phone, either with phone calls or text messages, you will be able to seek help from your phone network provider using the phone numbers below:-

Orange– 07973 100 150 or

150 from anOrangephone

Vodafone – 08700 700 11 or

191 from a Vodafone phone

O2 – 08705 678 678 or

4445 from an O2 phone

VirginMobile– 0845 6000 070 or

789 from a Virgin Mobile phone

3 Network – 08707 330 333 or

333 from your 3 Network phone

T-Mobile - 0845 412 5000

Please contact the school if you require further information or advice

Tel:  01764 662182

E-mail:  auchterarder@pkc.gov.uk

 

Mobile Technologies Guidance for Parents and Pupils

Today’s mobile phones have a wide range of  facilities enabling users to make phone calls, text, email, take photographs, take video clips, play games, listen to music, access the internet anytime, anywhere and watch TV programmes and listen to the radio.

The benefits of such devices are obvious and it is internationally accepted that this is the preferred means of electronic communication amongst young people.

A high percentage of young people in all socio-economic groups have their own personal mobile phone.

 

School Context

Increasing numbers of young people carry phones to school.  However even the basic use of a phone in a school environment intrudes on other people and affects learning and teaching.

Social etiquette now accepts that phones must not be used in some public places.

 

The Secondary School

It is accepted that some pupils for health & safety reasons and the requirement to be in contact with parents at key times should have access to a mobile phone. 

A pupil bringing a phone to school is responsible for its care and usage.

During school hours however access to, and communication with pupils must be through the school administration system.  Pupils carrying phones to school must switch them off on entering the school and secure them in their own locker.  Pupils who misuse phones in school and knowingly contravene the school guidelines will have their phone confiscated until the end of the day.  A second breach of the guidelines will result in the Depute Headteacher contacting the parent/carer and arranging for uplift of the phone.  

Use of mobile phones on school excursions will be determined by the staff in charge of the trip.

 

Pupil responsibilities 

It is the pupil’s responsibility to ensure their phone is switched off on school premises.

Bullying and harassment of pupils and staff are unacceptable in any form in school.

Using a mobile phone to take photographs and/or video clips of other pupils/staff without individual permissions should not be permitted on school premises.

Pupils should not download unsuitable material to their phones at any time but particularly not on school premises.