St. Joseph’s N.S. Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on the use of the Internet
The staff of St. Joseph’s National School formulated this policy in conjunction with the school Board of Management in November 04.
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 an effective manner.
It is envisaged that the Board of Management and Teachers of St. Joseph’s National School will revise the AUP regularly. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to indicate that the content is accepted and understood. 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions outlined in the AUP will be imposed.
School’s strategy and Guidelines
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 National Centre for Technology in Education’s website evaluation model before being integrated into lessons.
- Access will be allowed only to a listed range of approved sites.
- A firewall is being used to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material and to block unsuitable sites. This is regularly updated.
- The school will regularly monitor and archive pupils Internet usage by checking user files, temporary Internet files and history files.
- Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of research techniques specific to the Internet.
- Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
- Virus protection software is used and updated regularly.
- The use of personal floppy disks or CD-ROMs in school is not allowed.
World Wide Web
- Students will not knowingly attempt to visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
- 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 educational purposes only.
- Students will not upload, download or otherwise transmit material that is copyrighted.
- Students will not disclose or publicise personal or confidential information for example classmates’ home addresses, telephone numbers, name and location of their school.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students will only have access to moderated chat rooms or discussion forums such as those found on the ScoilNet website.
- Moderated chat rooms, discussion forums and newsgroups will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
- User names will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
- Face to face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.
The following rules will apply to the school website:
- Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish school projects/activities, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web
- A teacher will co-ordinate the publication of student work.
- 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 published on the school website 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 1998 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 pupil information that is relevant to the context of the web page. Parents will be informed about pupil information on the school website.
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.
The Role of The Staff.
The teaching staff will ensure that the policy is complied with in their individual classrooms and inform the Principal of any difficulties that arise.
The Role of The Principal.
- The Principal will ensure that the Policy is complied with in the school as a whole.
The Principal will also ensure that provision is made for the reviewing and updating of the policy as deemed necessary.
Re: Internet Permission Form
As part of the school’s IT programme we offer pupils supervised access to the Internet. Before being allowed to use the Internet, all pupils must obtain parental permission so you must sign the relevant section on the enrolment form as evidence of your approval and their acceptance of the school rules on this matter. The Internet is a global computer network that offers a wealth of resources. Pupils can use the Internet to locate material to meet their educational needs, to ask questions and consult with experts and communicate with others. As information on the Internet appears, disappears and changes, it is not always possible to predict or control what pupils may locate or use. They might encounter information that is inaccurate, controversial, and potentially harmful. To minimise the risk of children accessing any of this material, on the advice of our IT Consultants, we have installed a firewall. The Internet will be used to further educational goals and objectives, but pupils may find ways, accidentally or intentionally, to access undesirable materials as well. We believe that the benefits to pupils from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. But ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the school supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to allow their children access the Internet in school. During school, teachers will guide pupils toward appropriate materials. The ScoilNet website which is available at http://www.scoilnet.ie is designed to assist schools to access information and resources relevant to the needs of Irish education. The school may choose to use ScoilNet as the starting point for Internet access. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, magazines and other potentially offensive media. The school has a website accessible by any Internet user around the world. The website contains information and pictures of school activities. The website address is http://stjosephsnsaughavas.scoilnet.ie . We would be grateful if you could read the Internet AUP Acceptable Use Policy and then complete the permission section on the enrolment form.
Séamus Tiernan Principal