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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Aim

The aim of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe and effective manner. This ICT Acceptable Use Policy establishes guidelines for using school computers and internet access in an appropriate way. Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlines in the AUP – will be imposed.

 

This document was prepared by the E-Learning team in conjunction with the Staff and Parent’s Association.

 

It is envisaged that staff, parents and Board of Management will review the AUP annually. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood. This document should be retained in a safe place.

School’s Strategy

The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximize learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:

General Enforcement

  • Internet sessions under the permission of a teacher or with the permission from a teacher.
  • Filtering software and/or equivalent systems, provided by the NCTE, will be used in order to minimize the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • Issues in relation to Internet safety will be dealt with on a class by class basis based on age and relevance.
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • The use of personal memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s permission.
  • Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.

World Wide Web

  • Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials to the class teacher.
  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Students will not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement).
  • Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.
  • Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.

Email

  • Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from the teacher.
  • Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, and defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
  • Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
  • Students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone that they only know through emails or the internet.
  • Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.

Internet Chat

  • Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums or other electronic communications forums that have been approved by the school.
  • Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes under the permission of a teacher or with the permission from a teacher.
  • Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
  • Face-to-Face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.

School Website

  • Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web.
  • The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by the teacher.
  • Pupils’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.
  • Parental permission is sought on enrolment to permit the inclusion of children’s photographs on the school website.
  • Individual pupils will not be identified. Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
  • The website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff.
  • Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
  • The school will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio or video clips focusing on group activities. Content focusing on individual students will not be published on the school website without the parental permission.
  • The school will ensure that the image files are appropriately named – will not use pupils’ full names in image file names or ALT tags if published on the web.

Personal Devices

  • Pupils should not bring mobile phones to school or to school related off site activities. The only exception to this is in an emergency or with the prior approval of the Principal/ Class Teacher.
  • Pupils who ignore this policy and bring a mobile to school, whether they use it or not, will be required to hand over their phone to a member of staff and parents will be asked to collect it from the school office.
  • It is recommended that teachers silent their mobile phones during class time. Staff mobile phones should not interfere with work.
  • Pupils using technology in school, such as leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class, sending nuisance text messages or the unauthorized taking of images with a mobile phone camera, still or moving images is in direct breach of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.

Information

The school will endeavour to inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet. The Parents’ Association will endeavour to regularly provide information seminars for parents in the school on the safe use of the Internet and related issues.

The following websites also offer relevant advice and support.

www.ncte.ie

www.safekids.com

www.webwise.ie.

  • Webwise is the NCTE’s Internet safety initiative.
  • Webwise provides internet safety information, advice, and tools to parents, teachers, and students.
  • Webwise is part-funded by the EC’s Safer Internet Programme.

Sanctions

Misuse of the internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.

The Board of Management reserves the right to monitor the use of its information and technology resources and to take appropriate action or deny future access privileges in cases of misuse. Where permitted by local law, one’s use of the school’s information and technology resources constitutes consent to such monitoring.