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ST AIDANS SNS

Brookfield,

Tallaght,

Dublin 24

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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will revise the AUP annually.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.This version of the AUP was created in December 2014 by the Staff of St Aidan’s SNS and ratified by the Board of Management

School’s Strategy

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:

General

  • Internet will be used educational purposes only.
  • Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
  • Pupils will seek permission before entering any internet site, unless previously approved 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 material will not be permitted.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • The use of personal of external storage devices 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.

Web

  • Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • 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 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.
  • Sending or receiving email attachments is subject to teacher permission

Internet Chat

  • Students are not permitted to use internet chat rooms.

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.
  • 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 of individual students will not be published on the school website. Instead photographs, audio and video clips will focus on group activities. Video clips may be password protected.
  • Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
  • Class lists may not be published.
  • Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
  • Designated staff will manage and oversee the publication of material on the website.

Legislation

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 1988

Support Structures

The school will inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet. The school will endeavour to bring in outside expertise to ensure the pupils are educated on the dangers of the internet 

Useful websites:

www.saft.ie

www.ncte.ie/internetsafety

www.webwise.ie

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 should be read in conjunction with the Child protection, Anti-Bullying, Code of Behaviour and Homework policies.This policy was ratified by the Board of Management in Oct 2014

Signed:  ________________                  

Chairperson, BOM  

Date: __________

ST AIDANS SNS, BROOKFIELD, TALLAGHT, DUBLIN 24

Permission Form

Please review the attached school Internet Acceptable Use Policy, sign and return this permission form to the Principal.

St Aidan’s SNS

Name of Pupil:            ______________________

Class/Year:                  ______________________

Pupil

I agree to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy on the use of the Internet. I will use the Internet in a responsible way and obey all the rules explained to me by the school.

Pupil’s Signature: __________________________         Date:  ___________________

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 do not accept the above paragraph ?

(Please tick as appropriate)

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 ?                    I do not accept the above paragraph ?

(Please tick as appropriate)

Signature: _____________________________                                                                                                                          Date:  ___________________

Address:  ______________________________                                                                                                                          Telephone: _______________

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