Acceptable Use of the Internet

The Aim of this 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   Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions as outlined in the AUP will be imposed.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 in indicate that the conditions of use are accepted and understood.

This version of the AUP was created by Adrian Coughlan and Mary Dully. Sept 2010.

School 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:

General:

  • Internet sessions will always be supervised by a 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 pupils 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 floppy disks or CD-ROMS 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.

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

  • Data Protection (Amendment Act 2003)
  • Child Trafficking the Pornography Act 1998
  • Interception Act 1993
  • Video recordings 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.

Sanctions:  Misuses 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


Forgney National School  –  Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment (of any potential harm)