Internet Acceptable Use
School: Cadamstown N.S. (S. N. Baile Mhic Adaim), Moyvalley, Co. Kildare.
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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined below – will be imposed.
It is envisaged that BOM and parent representatives will review the AUP annually.
This version of the AUP was updated by Paddy Judge and ratified by the BOM in February, 2016
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 will be used for educational purposes only
- Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher
- The school will regularly monitor pupils’ internet usage.
- Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of internet safety
- Pupils will be taught to evaluate the content of internet sites
- 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 non-school electronic equipment in school requires a teacher’s permission e.g iPods etc.
- Pupils will observe good “netiquette” (etiquette on the internet) at all times and will not undertake any action that may bring a school into disrepute
- Email will be used for educational purposes only
- Students will only 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, and defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
- Pupils will not send text messages to or from school email.
- 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 and e-mail attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
- Students will not have access to chat rooms, discussion forums or other electronic communication forums.
Designated teachers will manage the publication of material on the school website.
The following rules will apply to the school website:
- Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish creative writing (e.g. poems), projects, photos of artwork and science constructions and other school work on the school’s website.
- 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.
- Photographs, audio and video clips will focus on group activities.
- Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will not be seen.
- Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
- Cadamstown National School will undertake an education programme to educate children on the safe, responsible use of the Internet.
- 21st century life presents dangers including violence, racism and exploitation from which children and young people need to be protected. At the same time they need to learn to recognise and avoid these risks – to become internet wise.
Resources that may be used to implement this programme include:
- NCTE Internet Safety Awareness Video
- Use of the ‘Kids’ section on the webwise.ie website
- SAFT Internet Safety Awareness Education Programme and exemplars
Cadamstown National School has filtering software. The access to websites from all school computers is monitored and regularly reviewed by the NCCA. Websites are only allowed through following a verification of their suitability.
The school will be aware of 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
If a pupil deliberately misuses the internet or email, this will result in disciplinary action, including the withdrawal of access privileges. Parents/guardians will receive written notification of misuse by a pupil.
Mr. Martin Ryan, Chairperson
Patrick Judge, Secretary
Please print the Internet Permission Form and return to the school upon completion. Thank you.