INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY  

The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure that students will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) resources in a safe and effective manner.  Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege.  Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions, as outlined in the AUP, will be imposed.

It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will revise the AUP annually.  Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that conditions of use are accepted and understood.

This version of the AUP was created on 10th of May 2006 by the ICT Department, Piper’s Hill College.

SCHOOL STRATEGY

The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the use of computers.  These strategies are as follows:

General

  • ICT sessions will always be supervised by a qualified teacher.
  • Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • The school will regularly monitor students’ Internet usage.
  • Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety.
  • 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 memory sticks or CD-Rs in school requires a teacher’s permission.
  • Students will observe good “netiquette” (i.e. etiquette on the Internet) at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.

 

World Wide Web

  • Students will not access the Internet unless under the direction and supervision of a qualified teacher.
  • Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable material.
  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.

 

Email

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

 

Internet Chat

  • Students will not access any chat rooms.

 

School Website

  • Students will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web.
  • The publication of student work will be co-ordinated only by a qualified teacher.
  • Students’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.
  • Digital photographs, audio or video clips of individual students will not be published on the school website, unless express permission is obtained from student and parent. Instead photographs, audio and video clips will focus on group activities.  Video clips may be password protected.
  • Personal student information including home address and contact details will be omitted from web pages.
  • Students will continue to own the copyright on any work published.

 

Legislation

The school will provide information on the following legislation relating to use of Internet, which teachers, students and parents should familiarise themselves with:

  • Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
  • Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
  • Interception Act 1993
  • Video Recording Act 1989
  • The Data Protection Act 1988

 

Support Structures

The school will inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet.

 

USE OF ICT FACILITIES

Students using computers in the school must follow the guidelines below.  This is to minimise wear and tear on the equipment so that all students get to have the best possible use from the computers.

  • Enter and leave the room in an orderly manner as prescribed by the teacher. All bags, coats, etc. should be left in the position designated for that room.
  • It is not permitted to have food and drink in any computer room.
  • Never touch anyone else’s computer, even if you only want to help – you do not want to get the blame for anything!
  • Do not adjust any equipment – screen height, chair height, etc. and do not move the computer on the desk.
  • Before the end of class, students should check whether they need to shutdown the computer or simply “log off” the present session, and comply accordingly.
  • Memory sticks are not allowed in the computer rooms unless under the direct instruction and supervision of the teacher.
  • Printing is not allowed unless specifically directed by the teacher.
  • Students should never enter the room unless their teacher is in the room.

 

 

 

PERMISSION FORM

Please review the attached school Information and Communications Technology Acceptable Use Policy, sign and return this permission form to the Principal, Piper’s Hill College.

Name of Student:            ______________________________

Class/Year:                          ______________________________

Student

I agree to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on the use of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities.  I will use all ICT facilities in a responsible way and obey all the rules explained to me by the school.

 

Student’s signature: _________________________________              Date: ____________________

 

 

Parent/Guardian

As the parent or legal guardian of the above student, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and grant permission for my son or daughter or the child in my care to access the Internet and use all other ICT facilities.  I understand that Internet access is intended for educational purposes.  I also understand that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety but the school cannot be held responsible if students access unsuitable websites.

 

I accept the above paragraph *                                                I do not accept the above paragraph *

(please tick as appropriate)

 

 

In relation to the school website, I accept that, if the school considers it appropriate, my child’s schoolwork or photograph may be chosen for inclusion on the website.  I understand and accept the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy relating to publishing my child’s work/photograph on the school website.

 

I accept the above paragraph *                                                I do not accept the above paragraph *

(please tick as appropriate)

 

 

 

Signature: ___________________________________                             Date: ___________________

 

 

Address:  ____________________________________                            Telephone: ______________

 

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