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AUP(Acceptable Use Policy) on the use of the Internet

The aim of this AUP is to ensure that the 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 Therefore, if the school’s AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions outlined in the AUP will be imposed. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to indicate that the content is accepted and understood.

This version of the AUP was reviewed in February 2010 by the Staff and ratified by the Board of Management on 24 March 2010.

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:
• A teacher will always supervise Internet sessions.
• Websites will be previewed / evaluated using NCTE’S website evaluation model before being integrated into lessons.
• Access will be allowed only to a listed range of approved sites i.e. educational and cultural 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 memory sticks 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 material.
• 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 education 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 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, 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 that have been approved by the school 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.

School Website:
• Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, 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 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.

Personal Devices:
Students using their own technology in school, such as leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class, sending nuisance text messages, or the unauthorized taking of images with a mobile phone camera, still or moving is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.

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

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