The NCA’s CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
The Internet is a wonderful resource and it is a fact that the education of pupils has been vastly enriched by its use. However, the Internet does not police its own content and we as a school have to meet that responsibility ourselves to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff.
Melland High School Internet filtration system meets the current Becta standard which is constantly updated. This ensures that the pupils can not visit any harmful sites or be exposed to any accidently. The Acceptable Use Policy explains what the filters remove and why.
Each pupil has access to an e-mail address. E-mails can only be sent after the content and recipient has been checked by a responsible adult in school. The same filtration system that looks after the web browsing also looks after incoming and outgoing e-mails to prevent undesirable content.
Pupils are issued with passwords so that their personal work folders and e-mails can not be interfered with by others who do not know their password. Virus scanners constantly monitor all areas to ensure the content of pupils folders is within the safety guidelines.
It is possible to monitor network usage. If we had suspicions or concerns over any activity that is targeted to harm another pupil or member of staff, we are able to trace the source and deal with it in accordance with the schools behaviour and discipline policy.
At Melland High School we take Data Protection very seriously as it is of paramount importance that the care, education and wellbeing we provide is mirrored in our responsibility with regard to personal details held on our computer systems. We have Becta industry standard security which is almost impregnable to any external hacking attempts.
All Social Networking sites are banned by the schools filtration system. When a pupil logs in, they are not able to access any Social Networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace etc. There are occasions during the ‘After School Clubs’ where some pupils are allowed to access their Facebook accounts under supervision.