Staying safe online

Using computers and similar devices to go online has made everyday activities such as shopping, banking, paying bills and keeping in touch fast and easy … anytime, anywhere. There are, however, a number of risks associated with going online – some general and some specific to the respective activities that you carry out.

There are a number of sensible and simple measures which you need to take in order to protect yourself against these risks, which include identity theft, criminals stealing your personal and financial data to defraud you or empty your bank account. The precautions are as simple as choosing safe passwords and ensuring you have adequate antivirus/antispyware installed, to learning how to distinguish between genuine and fraudulent websites and emails.

For more information please click here to view the ParentZone Digital Parenting Guide.

Content Filtering

Cornwallis Academy uses the KPSN (Kent Public Service Network) for our broadband provision. This currently gives the school a 100mbit uncontended connection to the web via the UK Education network JANET. Schools broadband is filtered and monitored to ensure the school can meet its duty of care to all students and staff in provision of safe filtered internet access. Filtering is used to: block inappropriate or illegal content, restrict security breaches & maintain sufficient usable bandwidth for all users. Sites are categorised by an industry leading package with local administration to allow us to adjust filters for age appropriate content (e.g. Sixth form students have different filtering rules to lower school students) Staff are also subject to filtering and monitoring for the same reasons.

Content filters are not set in stone and can be adjusted by IT Staff at MGS. If you have content that is for use in your education and it is blocked, please ask the IT staff to review the filter settings. Some sites are blocked by SLT policy decision and this cannot be revoked without the headteachers authority.

All staff and students agree to the schools AUP (Acceptable Use policy) on first use of the school system, it is then re-signed should there be any updates or changes. This document forms the basis of the expected online behaviour of all users. Please note that whilst the school takes all necessary measures to protect all school users from accessing inappropriate content the Internet can never be policed 100%. To this end we cannot accept liability for anyone accessing illegal or inappropriate material via our systems. Any users whose actions are in contravention of the schools AUP may face disciplinary action and or loss of future network access.

Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Cornwallis Academy, and is taken very seriously.

We have a strong culture of protecting students and understand that technology itself can be a valuable tool, but it does need to be respected. Our students have signed our acceptable use policy and this covers school devices and students’ devices when used in school.

Our students are taught how to be safe and behave online, but we can only be successful in achieving this, if school, students and parents work together. Parents can familiarise themselves with ways to protect their children online, in the websites listed below. Please ensure that your children have privacy settings maximised and that they know who they are accepting and talking to online.

All children have the right to be protected. If you have any concerns about this, please contact Mrs Clubb (Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mr Stanley (Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead), Miss Hodges (Assistant Headteacher, Assistant SENCo and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mr Sutton (Assistant Headteacher for Sixth Form and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Miss Semper (School Counselor and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).

If you believe a child is in immediate danger, always contact 999 for assistance.