Rational

The aim of this ICT Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure that pupils will benefit from teaching and learning opportunities offered by the Internet in a safe and effective manner. While ICT safety and use in our school is addressed in both our Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy, this AUP goes into greater detail. It also now forms an appendix to the above named policies.

Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore if Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street’s AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.

As available school-wide technology changes and as our school continues to grow, it is envisaged that this AUP will be reviewed as deemed necessary.

Before signing, we ask that you read the AUP carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood

Our School’s Strategy

Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street employs a number of strategies in order to maximize learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follow:

General

  • Children are not allowed to use their own Internet-enabled devices in school at any time
  • All Internet sessions in school are always supervised by a teacher
  • Filtering software provided by NCTE and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis
  • The school will regularly monitor pupil’s Internet usage
  • The use of personal 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
  • Students and teachers are made aware of Internet safety by the use of Internet safety lessons available in the school and on line (www.saft.ie)

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 report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures
  • Students will be made familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning in an age-appropriate way
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information online at any time
  • Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, is in direct breach of Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street’s AUP
  • 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.

 

E-mail

  • Students will use approved class email accounts only 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 only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums messaging or other electronic communications 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

 

 

School Website

  • 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
  • Pupil’s 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 website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that comprises the safety of pupils or staff
  • Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street 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 express parental permission. Video clips may be password protected.
  • Personal information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages
  • Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street’s website will avoid publishing the last name of individuals in a photograph
  • Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street will ensure that the image files are appropriately named and will not use pupil’s names in image file names or ALT tags if published on the web
  • Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published

Legislation

The Board of Management strongly suggests that teachers, students and parents should familarise themselves with the following pieces of legislation.

  1. Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
  2. Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
  3. Interception Act 1993
  4. Video Recordings Act 1989
  5. The Data Protection Act 1998

 

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.

 

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on December 9th 2015. It will be reviewed in January 2017.