J: St Brigid's Primary School Acceptable Usage Policy
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
St Brigids PS
This policy was reviewed in February 2017
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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions, as outlined in the AUP will be imposed.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.
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:
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 CD-ROMS and USB sticks 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.
Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
Students will use the Internet for educational purpose only.
Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.
Downloading by students of materials or images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of School’s Acceptable Usage 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.
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.
Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums or other electronic communication forums that have been approved by the school.
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.
Pupils using their own technology in school, such as leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class, sending messages or the unauthorised taking of images with a mobile, phone camera, still or moving, is in direct breach of the school’s Acceptance Use Policy. Photos and video footage taken in St. Brigid’s Primary School may not be uploaded on to any social media sites, including Facebook. Pupils phones will be left in school office in the morning and collected at the end of the day. This will be agreed to by pupils and parents.
The Website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of students or staff.
The school will endeavour to use digital photos, audio or video clips which focus on group activities. Content focusing on individual students will not be published on the school website without parental permission.
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 a 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.
Digital photographs, audio or video clips may be password protected.
Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
The School Website will avoid publishing the first and last name of individuals in photographs.
Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
Parents will give permission for their daughter’s photographs to be used on School Website.
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 1998
The school will inform students and parents of key structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet.
Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension or explusion. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.