Scoil Naomh Fiachra

Internet Use Policy

Scoil Naomh Fiachra

Clontubrid

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

 

Introduction

The aim of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils of Scoil Naomh Fiachra will benefit from the 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 Therefore, if the school Internet Acceptable Use Policy is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions outlined in the Internet Acceptable Use Policy will be imposed.

It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will revise the Internet Acceptable Use Policy as required.

Parents will be asked to read this Acceptable Use Policy on the school website (or be given a hard copy to read if requested) and the letter explaining internet access in the school (Appendix I) and the letter explaining the use of Facebook (Appendix II). Having read this document, they will be asked to complete the school’s general permission slip which will include the appropriate permissions for internet access in school, the school website and the school Facebook page (Appendix III). This form will be filled out on a once off basis and again if required due to changes in policy, etc.

Before filling out and signing the school’s general permission form, the Internet Acceptable Use Policy should be read carefully to indicate that the content is understood and accepted or not.

The school’s general permission form (Appendix III) will include the following parts:

  • In section 1, parents are asked if they give consent for their child to access the internet in accordance with the school’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
  • In section 2, parents are asked if they give consent for their child’s work to be displayed on the school’s website.
  • In section 3, parents are asked if they give consent for their child’s work to be displayed on the school’s Facebook page.
  • In section 4, parents are asked if they give consent for their child to appear in group photographs or be part of group audio clips which may appear on our school website. It must be noted that only first names can be used and children cannot be specifically or individually identified in pictures.
  • In section 5, parents are asked if they give consent for their child to appear in group photographs or be part of group audio clips which may appear on our school Facebook page. It must be noted that only first names can be used and children cannot be specifically or individually identified in pictures.

In Appendix IV, each pupil is asked to sign a form indicating that she/he is willing to abide by the rules set out in the Internet Acceptable Use Policy. This is to promote a sense of responsibility in the pupils and to promote good behaviour on the internet.

This version of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy was created in December 2002,  revised in September 2015 and again revised in December 2017.

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.

  • Internet sessions in school will be always supervised by a teacher.
  • Websites will be previewed and/or evaluated using the NCTE’s website evaluation model before being integrated into lessons.
  • Access will be allowed only to a listed range of approved sites.
  • The school will monitor and archive pupil’s 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 will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • The use of personal CD-ROMs, flash drives or other external data storage devices in school requires teacher’s permission.

World Wide Web

  • Students will not visit internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Student will report any material of the above nature to a teacher.
  • 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 without their teacher’s permission.
  • Students will not examine, change or use another person’s files, user name or passwords, without the other person’s and/or their teacher’s explicit permission.
  • Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving of any information, school-related or personal, will be monitored.

Email

  • Students may use approved school 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 form 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.

Internet Chat

  • Students will only have access to moderated chat rooms or discussion forums such as those found on the ScoilNet or Scoil Naomh Fiachra Virtual Learning Environment websites e.g. Mathletics, Reading Eggs.
  • Moderated chat rooms, discussion forums and newsgroups will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised. These are facilitated, in a secure environment, through the school Virtual Learning Environment.
  • Face to face meetings with someone organised via internet chat will be forbidden.

School Website and School Facebook Page

  • Designated people will manage the publication of material on the school website and Facebook page. The teachers and school secretary will manage all publications on the school website. The school principal and one member of the Board of Management will manage the publications on the school Facebook page.
  • Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or schoolwork on the World Wide Web through the school’s website and Facebook page (subject to parental permission).
  • The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher and designated people.
  • Pupils’ work will appear, in an educational context, on the school website and/or the school’s Facebook page.
  • Photographs or Audio Clips of individual students will not be published on the school website or Facebook page. Instead photographs and audio clips will focus on group activities only.
  • When taking photographs of groups for the website or Facebook, children of parents who do not consent for their child’s image to appear on the school website or Facebook will be asked to stand to the outside of the photograph and the photograph will be later edited or cropped before being placed on the website or Facebook page (depending on which media form there is no consent for).
  • Personal pupil information including surnames, home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages and Facebook page. It must be noted that only first names can be used and children cannot be specifically or individually identified in pictures or audio files.
  • Class lists will not be published.
  • The pupil will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
  • Any post or comment made by a parent, teacher, student or any other Facebook user to the school’s Facebook page which is deemed to be negative towards the school or any member of the school community, will be removed/deleted and that user will be blocked from the school’s Facebook page until it has been fully investigated by the Board of Management.

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 and Facebook page.

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 was sanctioned by the Board of Management in December 2002.

The policy was amended and edited in December 2017 due to the establishment of a school Facebook page in December 2017.

Scoil Naomh Fiachra

Clontubrid

Roll No. 16865D

Appendix I

Scoil Naomh Fiachra,

Clontubrid,

Freshford,

Co. Kilkenny.

Dear Parent,

 

Re: Internet Permission Form

As part of the Information Technology programme at Scoil Naomh Fiachra we offer pupils supervised access to the internet. Before being allowed to use the internet, all pupils must obtain parental permission by signing and returning the enclosed form (Appendix III) as evidence of parent’s 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.

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 access to the internet.

During school, teachers will guide pupils toward appropriate materials. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, phones, magazines and other potentially offensive media. The school has a website and a Facebook page accessible by any Internet user around the world. They contain information and pictures of school activities as well as projects, artwork and writing of some pupils. This work is presented in an educational context. The website address is www.clontubrid.ie and the Facebook page is Scoil Naomh Faichra Clontubrid.

 

We would be grateful if you could read the enclosed Internet Acceptable Use Policy, the appendices and then complete the appropriate sections of the school’s general permission form if you have not done so already.

 

Yours sincerely,
___________________ (Principal).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix II: Information Letter for Facebook

Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Clontubrid, Kilkenny.  Roll No. 16865D

Tel: 056-8832417,      Email: snfiachra@eircom.net,   Website:  www.clontubrid.ie

   

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Scoil Naomh Fiachra has a school Facebook page. The school uses Facebook to promote upcoming events and share some of the brilliant work taking place in the school. Facebook has proven to be a very effective means of communication for many other schools and we use this form of social media to improve our communication with the wider school community. It is also used to celebrate the achievements of our school.

You are invited to complete the appropriate sections on the school’s general permission form (See Appendix III) below regarding the publishing of school related material such as your child’s work, group pictures or audio clips (for example tin whistle) on Facebook. Please note that the same rules will apply to Facebook as with our school website i.e. there will never be individual photographs or audio clips of children used – only groups can be posted and children will never be individually or specifically identified; full names will never be used either. Material being uploaded would be strictly controlled by designated people i.e. the school principal, one member of the Board of Management and one member of the Parent’s Council. The school has edited its Internet Acceptable Use Policy and Permission Form accordingly. The Parent’s Council and Board of Management were fully involved in this process.

If a parent wishes not to give their consent, the school will ensure that their child does not appear on any Facebook posts.

Yours sincerely,

_______________________

Chairperson of the Board of Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix III: School’s General Permission Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Clontubrid, Kilkenny.  Roll No. 16865D

Tel: 056-8832417,      Email: snfiachra@eircom.net,   Website:  www.clontubrid.ie

 

 

   

 

 

 

Scoil Naomh Fiachra General Consent/Permission Form

 

In this once off form, we ask your permission for your child to participate in certain activities.  In order to cut down on unnecessary paperwork and simplify record-keeping, we have decided to include as many permissions as possible on one sheet.  Please read carefully each of the items below and tick the relevant box. Not all items may be relevant to your child this year, but they probably will be at some stage in the future. If you have any concerns regarding any of the items below please feel free to contact the class teacher or principal.

 

I hereby give permission for my child in relation to the following: Yes No
1.     As part of the school’s ICT programme, we offer pupil’s supervised access to the Internet. We have developed an Internet Acceptable Usage policy which you must read on our website or request a hard copy from the school. Please read this policy before answering this question. Do you give permission for your child to use the internet in school?
2.     In accordance with the school’s Internet Acceptable Usage Policy (Please read before answering), do you give consent for your child’s work to be occasionally displayed on our school website if the school considers it appropriate?
3.     In accordance with the school’s Internet Acceptable Usage Policy (Please read before answering), do you give consent for your child’s work to be occasionally displayed on our school Facebook page if the school considers it appropriate?
4.     In accordance with the school’s Internet Acceptable Usage Policy (Please read before answering), if the school considers it appropriate, do you give consent for your child to appear in group photographs or be part of group audio clips which may appear on our school website? (Children will not be specifically or individually identified in pictures)
5.     In accordance with the school’s Internet Acceptable Usage Policy (Please read before answering), if the school considers it appropriate, do you give consent for your child to appear in group photographs or be part of group audio clips which may appear on our school Facebook page? (Children will not be specifically or individually identified in pictures)
6.     On occasions such as Communion, Confirmation, Plays and other school events, local press photographers/videographers take group photos/videos of children and in some instances identify the children by name.  Do you agree to the school using your child’s image/video in this way? (Please remember that removing a child from a photo/video of the rest of the class can be quite upsetting for the child). (These videos may only be sold to parents of children in the school)
7.     Go on school tours, local educational visits/field trips and participate in school activities (e.g. sport, quizzes, choir etc) outside of school premises
8.     The school teaches ‘Stay Safe’ lessons on personal safety & protection and RSE (relationships & sexual education) lessons on developing and changing. Both are recommended and vetted by the Department of Education and Skills. Lessons are developed using suitable content and appropriate language for each class. Can your child participate in these lessons?
9.     Do you give permission to the school to give your family details (name, address, date of birth, etc) to agencies such as the HSE (school nurse, doctor, dentist), etc?
10.   Your child may injure him/herself at some stage by falling on yard, etc. Do you give permission for a staff member to provide basic first aid?
11.   Do you give permission for your child to be taken immediately to a doctor or hospital in case of serious illness/accident? (In a non-emergency it is the school’s policy to inform parents/guardians if their child has had an accident in school which may require them to collect their child and take him/her home or to hospital or doctor). In an emergency it may be necessary to take the child to hospital/doctor and inform parents/guardians afterwards.
12.   Do you give permission for your child to make his/her First Holy Communion (2nd class)
13.   Do you give permission for your child to make his/her Confirmation (5th/6th  class)
14.   On occasion we administer ‘Diagnostic’ tests (e.g. Neale Analysis, MIST, Belfield Infant Screening, NRIT) to discover the educational progress of pupils. Should any concerns arise following these tests we will contact you. Do you agree to this?
15.   On occasion, the learning support teacher may withdraw a group of children for additional support in the areas of Maths or English. Do you give permission for your child to participate?

 

Name of Child:  ________________ Name of Parent/Guardian: ________________

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian: ___________________________ Date: _________

 

Scoil Naomh Fiachra

Clontubrid

Roll No. 16865D

Appendix IV: Pupil Agreement

 

Scoil Naomh Fiachra Clontubrid

Pupil Internet Access Agreement Form

Please complete and return this form to the principal.

Name of Pupil: ______________________

Class:               ______________________

Pupil (First – Sixth Class)
I agree to comply with the school Acceptable Use Policy on the use of the Internet. I will use the network in a responsible way and observe all the restrictions explained to me by the school.

Pupil Signature: ______________________ Date: ______________________