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Internet

Internet Safety: Acceptable use Policy

The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that students will benefit from learning 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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.

The version of the AUP was created on 12/05/2011 by the teaching staff, Scoil Aodán Naofa, in consultation with the Board of Management, and the Parent Body.

School’s Strategy

The school employs 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 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 an a regular basis.

§ The use of personal memory sticks, CD Roms, or other digital storage media in school requires a teachers 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 intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.

§ Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.

§ 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 never disclose or publicise personal information.

§ Downloading by students of materials of images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.

§ 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 material under supervision by or permission from a teacher.

§ Students will not send or receive any materials 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 address 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 only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication fora that have been approved by the teacher.

§ Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.

§ Username will be used to avoid disclosure of identify.

 

 

§ Face to face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.

 

School Website

§ 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 schools website.

§ The website will be regularly checked to ensure the there is no content that compromises the safety of students or staff.

§ Website using facilities such as guest-books, notice boards or web-logs will be checked frequently to ensure that they do not contain personal details

§ The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.

§ Students work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.

§ The school will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio clips of focusing on group activities. Content focusing on individual students will not be published on the school website with out the 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 websites will avoid publishing the first and last name of individuals in a photograph.

§ The school will ensure that the image files are appropriately named – will not use students in image file names or ALT tags if published in the web.

§ Students will continue to own the copyright on any work published.

 

Personal Devices

Students using their own 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 camera, still or moving is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.

Legislation

The school recommends that teachers, parents, students 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

 

Links to the full text of these acts are available in the Resources for schools section of www.webwise.ie

Support Structures

The school can advise students and parents/gaurdians of key support structures 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.

Reviewed and ratified by the Board of Management

Date:______________ Signed:___________________ Chairperson, Board of Management

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