Acceptable Use Policy for Mobile Phones
- The increased ownership of mobile phones requires that school administrators, teachers, students, and parents take steps to ensure that mobile phones are used responsibly.
- This Acceptable Use Policy is designed to ensure that potential issues (such as mobile etiquette) can be clearly identified and addressed, ensuring the benefits that mobile phones provide (such as increased safety) can be enjoyed by our students.
- Scoil Naomh Fiachra has established the following Acceptable use Policy for mobile phones that provides guidelines and instructions for the appropriate use of mobile phones in our school.
- Permission for use of a mobile phone will be sought from the principal on a case by case basis and the attached request form will be returned to the school.
- If a parent is given permission for their child to have a mobile during school hours, pupils and their parents / guardians must first read and understand the Acceptable Use Policy.
- The Acceptable Use Policy for mobile phones also applies to pupils during school trips and extra-curricular activities.
- Personal Safety and Security
- Scoil Naomh Fiachra accepts that some parents give their children mobile phones to protect them from everyday risks involving personal security and safety and to allow them to make contact with home.
- It is acknowledged that providing a child with a mobile phone may give parents reassurance that they can speak with their children quickly at any time.
- Young People and Mobile Phones
- The scientific evidence does not indicate the need for special precautions for either adults or older children in the use of mobile phones.
- This view is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other leading experts and health authorities internationally.
- The safety margins on international guidelines take into account any differences in exposure that could be experienced by children due to conductivity and head size.
- However recent research has raised questions of safety for children under eight years old.
- Where parents / guardians propose to provide mobile phones to their children they should first satisfy themselves that it is safe to do so.
- In any event we do not consider that, on balance, children from Infants to Second Class should be allowed mobile phones in school.
- It is the responsibility of students who have permission to bring mobile phones onto school premises to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this policy.
- Parents should be aware if their child takes a mobile phone onto school premises.
- Permission to have a mobile phone at school or while under the school’s supervision is contingent upon parents / guardians signing the Consent Form attached to this policy and permission being granted by the principal teacher.
- Parents / guardians may revoke approval at any time.
- If a child is granted permission to bring a mobile phone to school, it should be switched off during school hours, including break times.
- In exceptional circumstances, should the parent / guardian specifically request it, a pupil may be permitted to have a phone switched on during school hours.
- Such requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and should be directed to the Principal Teacher.
- Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school telephone remains the appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached quickly.
- Mobile phones should not disrupt classroom lessons by ringing or beeping.
- This also applies to school trips and other out-of-school supervised activities.
- Should there be repeated disruptions to lessons caused by a mobile phone; the responsible pupil may face disciplinary actions under the school’s Code of Good Behaviour.
Theft or Damage
- Students are required to mark all their mobile phones clearly with their names.
- Mobile phones which are found in the school and whose owner cannot be located should be given to a teacher.
- The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged mobile phones.
- The school accepts no responsibility for mobile phones lost or stolen while travelling to and from school.
- It is strongly advised that pupils use passwords / pin numbers to ensure that unauthorized phone calls cannot be made on their phones (eg by other pupils, or if stolen).
- Pupils should keep their passwords / pin numbers confidential.
- Any pupil who uses vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language while using a mobile phone will face disciplinary actions under the school’s Code of Good Behaviour.
- Pupils with mobile phones may not engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person using SMS messages, phone calls or images.
- Pupils using mobile phones to bully other students will face disciplinary actions under the school’s Code of Good Behaviour.
- Any pupil who feels threatened or disturbed by any message or phone call they receive should report this immediately to a teacher (if it happens at school or on school-related activities) or to a parent / guardian (if it happens outside of school).
- Non-observance of these rules may result in the mobile phone being confiscated and privileges restricted or withdrawn.
- If the mobile phone is confiscated, it will need to be collected from the Principal.
- Where there repeated breaches of the rules Parents will be required to collect the mobile phone and give an undertaking as to the future behaviour of the pupil. Otherwise the pupil’s privileges under this policy will be withdrawn.
Acceptable Use Policy for Mobile Phones
Consent Form for School Year 2016-2017
I / We have read and understand the above information about appropriate use of mobile phones at Scoil Naomh Fiachra and I / we understand that this form will be kept on file at the school and that the details may be used (and shared with a third party, if necessary) to assist/identify a phone should the need arise (e.g. if lost, or if the phone is being used inappropriately).
I / We give my / our child _______________________ , in ___________ class permission to carry a mobile phone to school and understand that he / she will be responsible for ensuring that the mobile phone is used appropriately and correctly while under the school’s supervision, as outlined in this document.
Signature of Parents / Guardians: ________________________________
Signature of Pupil: ________________________________
Mobile Phone Number: ________________________________