Internet Acceptable Use

Scoil Eoin, Baile an Chollaigh Co. Chorcaí

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

The aim of this 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. Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions as outlined in the AUP will be imposed.

It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will review and revise the AUP as needed. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood.

School’s Strategy:

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

General:

• Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher
• Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
• Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted..
• The use of personal USB sticks CD-ROMs in school requires a teacher’s permission.
• Students will observe good “netiquette” (i.e. etiquette on the Internet) at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.

World Wide Web

• Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
• Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
• 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.

Email

• Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision and with permission from the teacher.
• Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, 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.
• During school hours students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone 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

• Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
• 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 Scoil Eoin Blog
• The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.
• Digital photographs, audio or video clips of individual students will not be published on the school website without parental consent. Instead photographs, audio and video clips will focus on group activities. Video clips may be password protected.
• Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
• Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.

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.

Legislation

The school will provide information on the following legislation relating to use of the Internet which teachers, students and parents should familiarise themselves with:

• Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
• Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
• Interception Act 1993
• Video Recordings Act 1989
• The Data Protection Act 1988

Up dated by ISM team on 7th April 2014

Approved by: Staff 13/4/2014
Approved by: Board of Management 26/5/2014