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CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

POLICY NAME:   ONLINE SAFETY POLICY 
APPROVAL AUTHORITY: PRINCIPAL ADOPTED: MARCH 2018 REVIEWED: MARCH 2020
RESPONSIBLE EXECUTIVE: IT INCHARGE  REVISED: MARCH 2020
RESPONSIBLE OFFICE: IT DEPARTMENT AVAILABLE: IN THE LIBRARY, WEBSITE, CS APP

 

DISTRIBUTION LIST: –

  • Director & Principal
  • Vice Principal
  • Supervisors
  • Academic staff
  • Admin staff

 

PURPOSE:

  • To build awareness among stakeholders regarding the significance of being protected in the cyber space.
  • Establishing guidelines for all the stakeholders of City School to stay safe in the cyber world.
  • Ensuring that, the school operates in line with values and the law of the land, while using online devices. 
  • Ensuring the wellbeing of the stakeholders of City School while using internet, social media and gadgets/ devices.
  • Establishing procedures to follow in case an incident occurs. 

PLAN 

  • Forming an E- Safety committee.
  • Appointing an online safety coordinator.
  • Establishing guidelines for the stakeholders.
  • Establishing robust procedures to follow in case of an incident.
  • Educating and spreading awareness to the stakeholders on using internet and gadgets safely.
  • Undertaking from the staff and the guardians of students on online safety agreement.
  • Encouraging stakeholders to use online education and internet service in a safe way.
  • Reviewing and updating the cyber security system on a regular basis.
  • Ensuring confidentiality of the information of the stakeholders.

 

CYBER SAFETY COMMITTEE

SL NO Name Designation
01 Mr. Richard Monteiro Principal
02 Ms. Jisha Jayan Vice Principal
03 Mr. Abdullah Alzaitawi Counsellor
04 Ms. Divya Sreejithlal ICT Teacher
05 Mr. Prabhakaran Manavalan Teacher
06 Mr. Saifullah Khan Tech Support
07 Master Syed Abbas Lutfi Student

 

City School will:

  • Educate our students on the socially acceptable netiquette (Do’s and Don’ts in the cyber world).
  • Be giving cyber literacy to the extent where our students use cyber space for productive work which will help in the progress of the community. 
  • Educate students to recognize the pros and cons of cyber space and to safe guard themselves and fellow beings. 
  • Ensure the safety of our students through regular monitoring by the IT Department, Teachers, Behavior Management Committee during distance learning program. 
  • Conduct awareness programs on cyber bullying and cyber security for our stakeholders.
  • Provide school internet access that has been customized for student use, hence it includes appropriate filtering techniques.
  • Educate students to evaluate internet content by ICT teachers. 
  • Educate students on the reporting line if they face any problem in the cyber space. 
  • Ensure the use of internet- derived materials by our students and staff, complies with the UAE federal copyright law. 
  • Edify the stakeholders about the importance of password security and indispensability of logging out of accounts once they end their work.

City School Cyber Safety Policy – Students

  1. Students have to respect the privacy of others. 
  2. Students have to report and flag content that is abusive or illegal. 
  3. Students have to adhere to copyright restrictions when downloading material from the Internet, including software, games, movies or music. 
  4. Students should not use an alias/alternate name as username when they interact/chat with others online.
  5. Students have to report online bullying immediately to the teacher and parents or someone whom they trust.
  6. Students have to use a strong and unique password with combinations of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters and special characters for each account(s).
  7. Students have to keep the browser, operating system and antivirus up-to-date. 
  8. Students have to obtain software from trusted sources. Always scan files before opening them.
  9. Students should lock their screen when they are finished using their computer/ tablet/ phone. Further, they have to set it to lock automatically when it goes to sleep. 
  10. Students are expected to check to see if the web address begins with https:// whenever they sign in online. 
  11. Students should make privacy settings in social media accounts in such a way that profile and posts are visible only to close friends and acquaintances. 
  12. Students should connect only with known individuals. 
  13. Students have to be mindful of their digital reputation. Students shall not post something embarrassing, harmful or inappropriate. 
  14. Students have to report to the service provider immediately if the account is hacked. If possible, the student should deactivate the account.
  15. Students shall not share their personal information: real name, date of birth, phone number etc. unnecessarily. 
  16. Students should never send their pictures to unknown persons or share them on social media.
  17. Students should not open emails and attachments from strangers. 
  18. Students should not respond to any suspicious email, instant message or web page asking for personal information.
  19.  Students are expected not to enter their password when someone is sitting beside them as they may see it.
  20. Students are expected not to share their password with anyone.
  21. Students should not save their username and password on the browser. 
  22. Students should never steal other‛s information. (Offence under behavior policy) 
  23. Students shall not access or use files without the permission of the owner. (Offence)
  24. Students should not copy software which has copyright without the author‛s permission. 
  25. Students should not bully others online by teasing, threatening, using rude or offensive language, making derogatory or hateful comments. (Offence under behavior policy- Procedures- Refer MOE Behavior Policy)
  26.  Students shall not use someone else‛s password even if it is shared with them. (Offence under behavior policy)
  27.  Students shall not log in as someone else to read their emails or mess with their online profiles. (Offence under behavior policy)
  28.  Students shall not attempt to infect or in any way try to make someone else‛s computer unusable. (Offence under behavior policy)
  29.  Students shall not meet unknown (even if they are known only through online interaction) people alone; always inform an adult or a friend.
  30.  Students should not open or download any attachments from an unknown source as they may contain viruses.

Password policy:

  • Choose passwords with at least eight characters (including capital and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols) and avoid information that can be easily guessed (e.g. birthdays.)
  • Remember passwords instead of writing them down. If students need to write their passwords, they are obliged to keep the paper or digital document confidential.
  • Exchange credentials only when absolutely necessary. 
  • Changing passwords every two months.

Disciplinary Action:

We expect all our students to always follow this policy and those who cause security breaches may face disciplinary action:

  • First-time, unintentional, small-scale security breach: Verbal warning & Written warning will be given and the student will be trained on cyber security policy (Behavior Policy will be followed).
  • Intentional, repeated or large scale breaches (which cause severe financial or other damage): School will invoke more severe disciplinary action (Behavior Policy will be followed).

 *The school will examine each incident on a case-by-case basis.