ICT AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) & Permission Form

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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 revise the AUP annually. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood.

 

This version of the AUP was updated on 16th February 2017 by the Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Lorcáin and the teaching staff in conjunction with the Parents Association. In the formulating of this policy we acknowledge advice given by the National Centre for Technology Education, an Irish Government agency established to provide advice, support and information on the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education.

 

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.
  • The school will regularly monitor pupils’ 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 USB 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.

 

World Wide Web

 

  • 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 not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement)
  • Downloading by students of materials or images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy
  • 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 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.

 

Internet Chat

 

Students will not engage in Internet Chat with strangers on the internet.

 

School Blog

 

  • Students will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web in accordance with clear policies and approval processes regarding the content that can be loaded to the school’s website.
  • A school website using facilities such as a guestbook, comments or user generated content will be checked frequently to ensure that no personal details are contained or posted.
  • The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.
  • Student’s work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.
  • 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 parental permission.  Video clips may be password protected.
  • Personal student information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
  • The school website will avoid publishing the first name and last name of individuals in a photograph.  A naming convention for teacher and student use will be documented and implemented.
  • The school will ensure that the image files are appropriately named and will not use students’ names in image file names or ALT tags if published on the web.
  • Students will continue to own the copyright of any work published.

 

 

Inappropriate Activities

Users shall not visit internet sites, make, post, download, upload, data transfer, communicate or pass on, material, remarks, proposals or comments that contain or relate to:

  • Child Sexual Abuse Images
  • Promotion or conduct of illegal acts
  • Racist Material
  • Pornography
  • Promotion of discrimination of any kind.
  • Promotion of racial or religious hatred.
  • Threatening behaviour, including promotion of physical violence or mental harm
  • Any other information which may be offensive to other school members or breaches the integrity of the ethos of the school or brings the school into disrepute.
  • Use the school systems to run a private business
  • Use systems, applications, websites or other mechanisms that bypass the filtering or other safeguards used by the school.
  • Upload/Download or transmit commercial software or any copyrighted materials belonging to a third party, without the necessary copyright permission.
  • Reveal or publicise confidential or proprietary information e.g. financial information/passwords etc
  • Create or propagate computer viruses or other harmful files
  • Carry out sustained or instantaneous high volume network traffic (downloading/uploading) that causes network congestion and hinders others in their use of the internet.
  • Online gaming
  • Online gambling

 

Personal Devices

Students using their own technology in school should follow the rules set out in this agreement. They will only use personal hand held / external devices (USB devices etc) in school if they have permission.

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Review and Monitoring

 

This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.

Staff will be requested on an annual basis to review the school policy in this area and every effort will be made to ensure that the attention of all new staff is drawn to the school’s Internet Acceptable Use policy.

The Board of Management will ensure that adequate training and support is provided for all staff.

 

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 16th February 2017.

The policy links to our school’s Code of Behaviour and our Anti- Bullying Policy.

 

 

Signed: Cecelia Hayden        Signed: Sandra Corrigan

 

Chairperson of Board of Management             Principal

 

Date: 16th of February 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNET PERMISSION FORM

 

Please review the attached school Internet Acceptable Use Policy, sign and return this permission form to the Principal.

 

Name of Pupil:   ______________________

 

Class/Year:       ______________________

 

Pupil

I agree to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy on the use of the Internet. I will use the Internet in a responsible way and obey all the rules explained to me by the school.

 

Pupil’s Signature: __________________________                Date:  ___________________

 

 

Parent/Guardian

As the parent or legal guardian of the above pupil, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy and grant permission for my son or daughter or the child in my care to access the Internet. I understand that Internet access is intended for educational purposes. I also understand that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety but the school cannot be held responsible if pupils access unsuitable websites.

I accept the above paragraph                    I do not accept the above paragraph

(Please tick as appropriate)

 

In relation to the school website, I accept that, if the school considers it appropriate, my child’s schoolwork or photo may be chosen for inclusion on the website. I understand and accept the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy relating to publishing children’s work on the school website.

I accept the above paragraph                     I do not accept the above paragraph

(Please tick as appropriate)

 

 

Signature: _____________________________                       Date:  ___________________

 

 

Address:    ______________________________                   Telephone: _______________

 

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