VC and E-safety

Four E-safety Statements to add to your School Policies
 
·   We will inform parents or carers when recording / streaming during a video
conference with other schools or external organisations is being used, and
gain parental consent.
 
·    We will ensure pupils do not to use video conferencing equipment unless
supervised by a teacher or learning assistant.
 
·  At any stage during the VC we will make sure we know how to stop the call.
 
·  We will ensure the video conferencing camera is always switched off at the end of
the session or use a lens cover when the camera is not in use.
 
 
 
Woodbridge High School, in the London Borough of Redbridge share part of their E-safety policy below which refers to H323 video conferencing. 

 How will video conferencing be managed?

·        All videoconferencing equipment in the classroom must be switched off when not in use and not set to auto answer.
·        Equipment connected to the educational broadband network should use the national E.164 numbering system and display their H.323 (JVCS) venue name.
·        External IP addresses should not be made available to other sites.
·        Videoconferencing contact information should not be put on the school website.
·        The equipment must be secure and if necessary locked away when not in use.
·        School videoconferencing equipment should not be taken off school premises without permission.
·        When a videoconference lesson is being streamed live across the internet written permission should be given by all sites and participants.


Users
·          Students should ask permission from the supervising teacher before making or answering a videoconference call.
·          Videoconferencing should be supervised appropriately for the students’ age.
·        Only key administrators should be given access to videoconferencing administration areas or remote control pages.
·        Unique log on and password details for the educational videoconferencing services should only be issued to members of staff and kept secure.

Content
·      When recording a videoconference lesson, written permission should be given by all sites and participants. The reason for the recording must be given and the recording of videoconference should be clear to all parties at the start of the conference. Recorded material shall be stored securely.
·        Videoconferencing is a challenging activity with a wide range of learning benefits. Preparation and evaluation are essential to the whole activity.
·        If third­ party materials are to be included, check that recording is acceptable to avoid infringing the third party intellectual property rights.
·        Establish dialogue with other conference participants before taking part in a videoconference. If it is a non school site it is important to check that they are delivering material that is appropriate for your class.

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