Polasaí Úsáide Inghlactha (PUI)
(Acceptable Use Policy (Access to Internet))
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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 will revise the AUP regularly. This version of the AUP was created in November 2013 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.
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:
• 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’s internet is protected by the strongest firewall provided by the NCTE (National Centre for Technology in Education).
• The school will regularly monitor pupils’ Internet usage.
• Pupils 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.
• 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 use the Internet for educational purposes only.
• Pupils will never disclose or publicize personal information.
• 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.
• Pupils will be taught appropriate use of the internet.
Photos taken by parents at school events should not be put on social media if children other than their own children are photographed.
• Pupils will not have access to email facilities at school. Any emails to other children/schools, will be sent through the school email address.
• Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the school website.
• The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.
• Pupils’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages.
• The school will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio or video clips focusing on group activities.
Pupils using their own technology in school, such as leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class 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 and mobile phone policy.
The school will provide workshops on internet safety for pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes and parents of the school.
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.
This policy was developed in 2013 and will be updated regularly as developments in technology continue to impact on education in particular.