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South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT)

Westcliff High School for Girls

Online Safety

The school computer system provides Internet access to students and staff. Our Responsible Internet Statement helps protect students, staff and the school by clearly stating what is acceptable use and what is not.

• Access must only be made via the user's authorised account and password, which must not be given to any other person.

• School computer and Internet use must be appropriate to the student's education or to staff professional activity.

• Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected.

• Users are responsible for e-mail they send and for contacts made.

• E-mail should be written carefully and politely. As messages may be forwarded, e-mail is best regarded as public property.

• Anonymous messages and chain letters must not be sent.

• The use of public chat rooms is not allowed.

• The school ICT systems may not be used for private purposes, unless the headteacher has given permission for that use.

• Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is forbidden.

• The security of ICT systems must not be compromised, whether owned by the school of by other organisations or individuals. Irresponsible use may result in the loss of Internet access.

The school may exercise its rights by electronic means to monitor the use of the school's computer systems, including the monitoring of web-sites, the interception of E-mails and the deletion of inappropriate materials in circumstances where it believes unauthorised use of the schools computer system is or may be taking place, or the system is or may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing text or imagery which is unauthorised, unlawful or inappropriate.

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