Scoil Naomh Fiachra

Internet Use Policy

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

[This policy is currently under review.]

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 an 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 Therefore, if the school Internet Acceptable Use Policy is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions outlined in the Internet Acceptable Use Policy will be imposed.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 annually.

Parents will be given a copy of this Acceptable Use Policy, an Internet Access Permission Form (Appendix II), and a letter explaining this form (Appendix I). They will be asked to sign the Internet Access Permission Form annually.
Before signing, the Internet Acceptable Use Policy should be read carefully to indicate that the content is accepted and understood.
This form is in three parts.
• In the first part the pupil is asked to sign the form indicating that she/he is willing to abide by the rules set out in the Acceptable Use Policy. This is to promote a sense of responsibility in the pupils and to promote good behaviour on the internet.
• In the second part parents are asked to give consent for the pupil to access the internet in accordance with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
• In the third part parents are asked to give consent for their children’s work to be displayed on the school’s website or on the website of the Control Technology Empowering Minds Project. This website has been set up specially for the thirteen schools throughout Ireland that are collaborating with St. Patrick’s College and the European Media Lab on this project.
This is the only part of the form that will apply to children below Second Class.
This of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy was created in December 2002 and amended in 2005 and 2008.

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.

Filtering software will be used to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.

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 will be used and updated on a regular basis.

The use of personal CD-ROMs, flssh drives or other external data storage devics 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 will 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.

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

Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or schoolwork on the World Wide Web.

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 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 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.

This policy was sanctioned by the Board of Management in December 2002.

The policy was ammended in 2005.

The policy was ammended in 2008.

 

Appendix I

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

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 and both they and you, must sign and return the enclosed 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.

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 apply for access.

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, 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 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 .
The school also contributes to the website of the Control Technology Empowering Minds Project, together with the twelve other schools on the project. The website address is http://empoweringminds.spd.dcu.ie/ .

We would be grateful if you could read the enclosed Internet Acceptable Use Policy and then complete the permission form, which follows.

Yours sincerely,
___________________ (Principal).

 

Appendix II

Scoil Naomh Fiachra
Clontubrid
Roll No. 16865D

Scoil Naomh Fiachra Clontubrid

Internet Access Permission 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: ______________________

Parent (re: First – Sixth Class Pupils)

As the parent or legal guardian of the above pupil, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy and grant permission for my son/daughter to access the Internet. I understand that Internet access is designed for educational purposes. I also understand that the school cannot be held responsible if pupils access unsuitable websites, but that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety.

Signature of Parent/Guardian: ______________________

Date: ______________________

School Website (re: All Classes)

I understand that, if the school considers it appropriate, my child’s schoolwork may be chosen for inclusion on our school’s website or on the Empowering Minds (Control Technology Project) Website. I understand and accept the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy relating to publishing children’s work on the school website. Please sign to confirm that you are aware of this.

Signature of Parent/Guardian: ______________________

Date: _____________________