Cassana Performance Academy understands that the use of technology is important and beneficial when used correctly, however we have a duty of care to all students and therefor this policy is in place to ensure adequate user safety and a comprehensive guide for staff and parents.
1.Teaching and Learning
The Internet can and will be used as a teaching tool where appropriate. For example, it could be used to show a syllabus video of an exercise they are doing in class, or to show a performance that they could learn from. Any material including videos and photos that are accessed using the Internet as a teaching tool will always be age appropriate.
2.1.Mobile Devices in Class (students):
During classes, there is no reason for students to have their mobile phones or any electronic device with them in the studio and if they bring a device to class it must be left outside the studio. This is left at their own risk and no responsibility for any loss or damage to said belongings will be taken by CPA. Should students chose to use their phones during their breaks they must not access any sites or social media that is not age appropriate. If they are seen doing so, the Designated Safeguarding Officer will contact parents and the mobile device will be confiscated and stored securely until parents collect their child. Please see the visual below for age restrictions around social media and platforms such as YouTube. At not point will bullying behaviour be tolerated by CPA whether this is in class or online. Please see our Behaviour and Bullying policy for full details.
2.2.Mobile Devices in Class (Staff):
Staff may keep their mobile devices with them during class in case of emergency and to use to play music, share syllabus videos and exercises and to take photos and videos to use for promotion as outlined in section 4.
If at any point, concerns are raised regarding behaviour of pupils online including cyber bullying or sexting, this should be reported immediately and will be dealt with in line with our behaviour and bullying policy. To find more information on these issues please visit the following NSPCC link: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/online-abuse/legislation-policy-practice/
4.Photography and Videography:
As a performing arts school, we use photography and videography to share achievements, show progress and to generally market what we have on offer. Photography and videography may be used to market the school on several platforms which include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our website. Should an achievement be shared online, it will never be posted using a child’s full name, but may be posted with their first name with prior consent from their parent/guardian. If parents/guardians do not wish for photos or videos to be used of their child they need to write to Cassana (Academy Principle) on firstname.lastname@example.org at the earliest opportunity as directed to when agreeing to our terms and conditions through their parent portal. Any videos or photos taken by staff in class must be sent to Cassana within 48 hours and deleted from the original device upon which they were taken as soon as they are sent. It is then the responsibility of Cassana to ensure these are used appropriately in line with all policies, and removed once they are no longer required.
5.1Staff-Parent Online Relations
Working with parents can result in friendships growing and CPA understands that social media is one way in which people stay in touch and up-to-date with each other. Should parents/guardians and staff become friends and chose to communicate using these online resources, for example Facebook, Twitter and Instagram they are free to do so, however any opinions regarding anything posted on social media are that of the individual and do not represent CPA. Staff are reminded to remain professional as laid out in their Staff Handbook.
5.2.Staff-Student Online Relations
At no point should staff and students be linked via online sources unless said student is over 18 and both parties are happy with such arrangement. Should a student add, follow or friend request a staff member on social media, the staff member should under no circumstances accept and should report this to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately. Equally if a student sends a message directly to staff, this too should be reported to the DSO to deal with appropriately and the member of staff should not reply – this is to ensure the safeguarding of students and the protection of our staff. If at any point it is discovered that a member of staff has added, followed, friend requested or directly message a student, this should be reported to the DSO immediately so appropriate action can be taken.
5.Additional Visual Tools:
We have included these comprehensive visual tools to assist with the understanding around Internet safety.