Crosshaven Boys' National School

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Acceptable Use Policy

The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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. 
This version of the AUP was created in 2006 and endorsed by the Board of Management. Before you sign the form, the policy should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are acceptable to you and your child/children.

School Strategies

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
• Access to internet 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 internet is protected by the firewall provided by the NCTE (National Centre for Technology in Education).
• The school will regularly monitor pupils’ Internet usage.
• Pupils 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 floppy disks, memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital media in school requires a teacher’s permission.
• Pupils 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
• Pupils will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials
• Pupils will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.

  • Pupils will use the internet for educational purposes only.
  • Pupils will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Downloading the students of materials or images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.
  • Pupils 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
• Pupils will not have access to email facilities at school. Any emails to other children/schools, will be sent through the school email address.

Internet Chat
• Pupils will not have access to internet chat rooms.

School Website
• Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the school website.
• The publication of student work will be coordinated by a teacher.
• Pupils’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages. 
• No photographs, audio or video clips of individual pupils will be published on the public gallery of the school website. Instead photographs, audio or video clips will focus on group activities and children’s work.
• Personal pupil information including surnames, home address and contact details will not be used on school web pages.
• Pupils 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 unauthorized taking of images with a mobile phone camera or other device, still or moving is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.

(Please refer to Mobile Phone Policy)

Legislation
The school will provide information on the following legislation relating to use of the
Internet which teachers 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 pupils and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet. Teachers will give instruction on appropriate use of the internet and how to use it safely. We also provide workshops/informative meetings on internet safety for pupils and their parents. We use the services of the NCTE , www.webwise.ie and www.safety.ie

Sanctions
Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.

 

Review
This policy was developed in 2006 and updated regularly as developments in technology continue to impact on education in particular.. We will be undertaking a full review of the policy during the school year 2015-2016. This review will involve input from teachers, parents, pupils and Board of Management.