We use computing and the internet as outlined by curriculum at Halstow. The benefits outweigh the negatives, but it is important that we remain safe online. Follow the SMART tips by kidsmart to stay safe! Click here for more information.
The internet is a wonderful place to explore and discover new things, to connect and communicate with others and to be creative. But sometimes you may see something you feel uncomfortable about. If you ever come across something you think you shouldn't have seen then make sure you tell an adult about it. Tell someone if you see something that worries you
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Pupil Internet Agreement
At Halstow, we expect all pupils to be responsible for their own behaviour on the Internet, just as they are anywhere else in school. This includes materials they choose to access, and language they use.
Pupils using the World Wide Web are expected not to deliberately seek out offensive materials. Should any pupils encounter any such material accidentally, they are expected to report it immediately to a teacher.
Pupils are expected not to use any rude language in their email communications and contact only people they know or those the teacher has approved. It is forbidden to be involved in sending chain letters.
Pupils must ask permission before accessing the Internet.
Pupils should not access other people's files unless permission has been given.
Computers should only be used for schoolwork and homework unless permission has been granted otherwise.
No program files may be downloaded to the computer from the Internet.
No programs on disc or CD Rom should be brought in from home for use in school.
Homework completed at home may be brought in on USB key but this will have to be virus scanned by the class teacher before use.
Personal printing is not allowed on our network for cost reasons (e.g. pictures of pop groups/cartoon characters).
No personal information such as phone numbers and addresses should be given out and no arrangements to meet someone made unless this is part of an approved school project.
Pupils consistently choosing not to comply with these expectations will be warned, and subsequently, may be denied access to Internet resources. 
Parents - please refer to our e-safety policy availiable here.