E-Safety

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.

Content Filtering

MGS 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 headmasters 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.

System Monitoring

Maidstone Grammar School is committed to developing responsible, aspirational, independent, happy and well-rounded young people with the self-belief to reach their goals. 

The School believes that students' well-being, both in and out of School, is crucial to their success.  We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors, and are confident that any disclosure, or question over the safety of any individual, will be dealt with rapidly and sensitively in the best manner for the individual by an appropriate member of staff. 

Internally we use Impero Education Pro to monitor activity on our networks. this combines classroom management, network management and online safety in one single package. All activity is monitored for all users on all systems 24/7/365. 

Impero is a remote monitoring and management software package that’s designed to keep students safe and engaged, while helping teaching staff with the day to day aspects of Teaching & Learning & assisting the IT Team with daily system maintenance.

It gives us real-time visibility of every device in one clear central view. We can restrict or monitor access to websites, applications, and hardware, track encrypted or unlisted USB devices, and report on all network data by either individual users or entire groups. But it goes much further than that. the software gives us complete control of our entire network.  From our use of mains power (automatically powering off systems when not in use) to the condition of our equipment, to the current usage of our software licenses. For more information, please click the linkled " protected by impero" logo to your right.

Get Safe Online

Basic common sense online safety advise is available at a number of excellent websites, check out Get Safe Online for more specific information

Digital Parenting Magazine

Digital Parenting Magazine has been made available to school free from the ParentZone, it is being given out at our curriculum evenings to years 7-9. If you missed a copy, it can be viewed/downloaded here: LINK

 

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Childnet International - Keeping up with Children (English)

Childnet Internet Safety Resources (Other Languages)

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