St. Kevin’s National School
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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 regularly. 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 most recently updated in May 2013 by the I.T. co-ordinator, school Principal, staff and parents and is subject to final agreement and ratification by the Board of Management.
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:
- 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 as provided by the NCTE
- The school will regularly monitor pupils’ internet usage.
- Students and teachers will be made aware of guidelines relating to 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, memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s 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 use the Internet for educational purposes only.
- Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
- Downloading materials or 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.
- Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher if deemed necessary for education purposes only.
- 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. Face-to-face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden and the children will be taught the relevant dangers via the S.P.H.E programme, “Stranger Danger”.
- Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
- The use of chat rooms and social media (e.g. Facebook) are prohibited.
- Pupils may be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web subject to resource availability and at the discretion of the school.
- 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.
- Only group photographs, audio or video clips of students will be published on the website. Video clips may be password protected.
- Personal pupil information including home addresses and contact details will be omitted from the school web pages.
- Students will continue to own coryright of any work published.
Personal Devices/Mobile phones
- Pupils 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 phone camera, still or moving is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.
- The school policy of St.Kevin’s forbids pupils to use mobile phones in school or on school tours.
- Permission must be given by parents before photographs of children are placed on the school news letter, website, local newspapers – this is done on enrolment.
- Permission for the use of photographs for publication in any circumstances other than those listed above must be sought separately each time.
- Parents may not upload school photographs or video footage of other people’s children to social media networks such as Facebook.
- It is the policy of the school to use some photographs for some school displays.
- Children will photograph each other only with permission from teachers and for specific educational purposes only.
Legislation The following legislation relates to use of the Internet and 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
Websites offering support and advice in the area of Internet Safety have been listed below.
- NCTE – http://www.ncte.ie/InternetSafety/
- Webwise – http://www.webwise.ie/
- Make IT Secure – http://makeitsecure.ie
- Safe Internet – http://www.saferinternet.org/ww/en/pub/insafe/
Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, in accordance with the school’s discipline policy. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.
Permission Form Please review the attached school Internet Acceptable Use Policy, sign and return this permission form to the class teacher. This form will be kept on file until your child is finished in St.Kevin’s
Name of Pupil: ______________________Class:______________________
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
In relation to the school website, I accept that, if the school considers it appropriate, my child’s schoolwork 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 □
Signature: _____________________________ Date: ___________________
Address: ______________________________ Telephone: _______________
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The Acceptable Use policy was reviewed and revised in the Academic Year 2012 – 2013 by teachers, parents and the Board of Management. The Policy was ratified at the Board of Management Meeting on Wednesday, 26th June, 2013.
This Policy will be reviewed in three years – June, 2016.