Internet Acceptable Use Policy

The aim of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy (IAUP) is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet in a safe and effective manner. The internet will be used to enhance learning as increased computer numbers and internet access is provided but effective use and quality of learning must also be addressed.

Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore if Scoil Naomh Treasa’s IAUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the IAUP – will be imposed. It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will revise the IAUP regularly.

Internet use is important as:

  • The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management information and administration systems.
  • Internet use is integrated with the curriculum, encouraged and funded by The Department of Education and Skills and is a useful tool for both staff and pupils.

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.
  • Students will not be permitted to access the internet when the teacher is not present.
  • Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • The school will regularly monitor students’ Internet usage.
  • Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety.
  • 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 floppy disks, CD-ROMs, Memory sticks or other digital storage media 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.

2. WORLD WIDE WEB

  • Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of the School’s IAUP.
  • Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • 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.
  • Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with School procedures.

3. EMAIL

  • Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a 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.
  • 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.

4. INTERNET CHAT

  • Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums or other electronic communication forums that have been approved by the school and under supervision.
  • 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.

5. PERSONAL DEVICES:
Mp3 players and iPods are not allowed in the school. Please refer to mobile phone policy.

6. 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 Recording Act 1989
  • The Data Protection Act 1988

7. SUPPORT STRUCTURES
The school will inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet.

8. 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.

9. Signing of an Internet Safety form by both parents and students from 3rd to 6th Class to allow internet access.

Policy Created: December 2010
Reviewed on: December 2011
Review Date: December 2012

 

Scoil Naomh Treasa, Bellewstown, Co. Meath

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