Scoil an Chlochair
Convent Primary School
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on the use of the Internet
The aim of this 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions outlined in the AUP will be imposed.
It is envisaged that the Board of Management and Staff will revise the AUP regularly. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to indicate that the content is accepted and understood.
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:
- A teacher will always supervise Internet sessions.
- Websites will be previewed/evaluated using the NCTE’s website evaluation model before being integrated into lessons.
- Safety measures are in place, under Department of Education & Skills guidelines, to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material and to block unsuitable sites.
- The school will regularly monitor and archive pupils Internet usage by checking user files, temporary Internet files and history files.
- Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
- The use of personal memory sticks, CD-ROMS or other digital storage media in school requires a teachers permission.
- Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
World Wide Web:
- Students will not knowingly attempt to visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable material.
- In the event of accidentally accessing any of the above sites, the Student will immediately turn off the monitor and report the incident to a teacher or supervisor.
- Students will not spend time on non-educational matters and will use the Internet for education purposes only.
- Students will not upload, download or otherwise transmit material that is copyrighted.
- Students will never disclose or publicize personal or confidential information of classmates.
- Students will not examine, change or use another person’s files, user name or passwords.
- Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving of any information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security, and/or network management reasons.
- Downloading by students of materials or images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of the schools Acceptable Use Policy.
A wide range of rapidly developing communications technologies has the potential to enhance learning. The following table shows how our school currently considers the benefit and risks/disadvantages of using these technologies for education:
- Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision or permission of 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 refrain from sending on chain letters or forward messages without the permission of the sender
- Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
- Students will not arrange to meet someone outside school via school email.
- Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
- Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web.
- A teacher will co-ordinate the publication of student work.
- Photographs or surnames of individual students will not be published on the school website. Instead photographs will focus on group activities.
- Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
- The pupil will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
Data Protection Act:
The Data Protection Act 1988, Data Protection Amendment 2003, was passed to deal with privacy issues arising from the increasing amount of personal information contained on computers. In accordance with the Act, the school will only publish information that is relevant to the context of the web page. Parents/Guardians will be informed about pupil information on the school website. Publication of images and video content during school activities is limited to the school website. Images and or video material taken during school activities may not be uploaded to the internet except for school website.
In keeping with the Data Protection Act 2003 and Department of Education & Skills guidelines, the school will endeavour to –
- Obtain and process all information fairly
- Keep data for explicit and lawful purposes
- Use and disclose data only in ways compatible with the purpose(s) for which it was initially given
- Keep it safe, secure, accurate, complete and up-to-date.
- Ensure that all data is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes for which it was initially given.
- Give a copy of his/her personal data to an individual, on written request.
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.
Three users have access to all data. Each teaching staff member has their own code for their class only. Data on staff and pupils are kept securely in the Principals office and secretary’s office.
Primary Online Database (POD)
Three members of staff have access to all data on POD (Department of Education & Skills) system. Data is password secured.
Ratified by Board of Management in 20th November 2018
Signature of Chairperson, Board of Management: ___________________
Mrs Rita Fitzgerald
20th November 2018