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Internet Acceptable Use Policy (IAUP) 

The aim of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy 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 Therefore, if the school’s IAUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions will be imposed. The computer resources may not be used for illegal acts or for any activity that would be contrary to the ethos of the school. Users should be aware that records are kept and could be made available in specific circumstances.

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: 

  • Pupils will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
  • Internet use will be supervised by a teacher.
  • Filtering software will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material and will be regularly updated.
  • 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 memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s permission.

 Rationale for Internet Usage

Teachers and pupils will have access to web sites world-wide offering educational resources, news and current events. Staff will have the opportunity to access educational materials and to communicate with the advisory and support services. All staff and any other adults involved in supervising children accessing the Internet will be provided with the School Internet Access Policy

World Wide Web

  • Pupils will seek permission to use the Internet.
  • Pupils will be supervised by a teacher/parent or Special Needs Assistant while using the Internet.
  • Pupils will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Pupils will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Pupils will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
  • Pupils will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Pupils will be aware that any usage of the Internet, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.

Email

  • Pupils will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
  • Pupils will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
  • Pupils will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
  • Pupils will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone.
  • Pupils will note that sending and receiving of email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.

School Website

  • Our school website  will provide  pupils with the opportunity to publish their work on the Internet and promote the school.
  • All classes may provide work for publication on the school web site.
  • 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.
  • Digital photographs, audio or video clips that are used on the school website will, where possible, focus on groups of children and group activities rather than individuals. Photographs of individual pupils will not be published on the school website without parental consent.Video clips may be password protected.
  • Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
  • The point of contact on the web site will be the school address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  • We only publish pupils’ first names, or, initials of first names and full surnames on our web pages unless we receive permission from parents/guardians.
  • Home information or individual e-mail identities will not be published.
  • Staff will be identified by their title and surname unless they request otherwise.
  • Permission will be sought from other individuals before they are referred to by name on any pages we publish on our web site.

The school website address is:  www.stmarnocks.scoilnet.ie

Sanctions

Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.