Internet Usage

  • CBS Primary School, Wexford

Internet Usage

C.B.S.  Primary School Wexford

Acceptable Usage Policy

The aim of this Acceptable Usage 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. If the AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions, as outlined below, will be imposed.

 

School’s Strategy

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

General

  • Parents are requested to agree in writing with the Acceptable Usage Policy.
  • 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.
  • Pupils and teachers will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety.
  • The school will regularly monitor pupil’s Internet usage.
  • Pupils are expected to immediately alert his/her teacher of any concerns for his/her safety or security.
  • Pupils are informed about Internet safety through the Stay Safe Programme as part of SPHE curriculum.
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software and/or applications will not be permitted.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • The use of personal memory sticks, CD-ROMs, digital storage media or personal devices in school requires a teacher’s permission.
  • Pupils will treat the Internet with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
  • Parents are strongly discouraged from uploading images of pupils taken during school-related activities to social media sites.
  • This policy complements and should be read in conjunction with the school’s Child Protection Policy.

 

 

 

World Wide Web

  • Pupils will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Pupils will use the Internet for educational purposes only during class time.
  • Pupils will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of the school’s Acceptable Usage Policy.
  • Pupils 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.
  • Pupils should not copy information directly from the Internet into assignments without acknowledging the source.
  • Pupils should not take credit as the author/creator of something found online.

Email, Social Media, & Communications Applications

  • 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, telephone numbers or pictures.
  • Pupils will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they know only through emails or the Internet.
  • Pupils will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
  • Use of Communication Applications, e.g. Skype/Twitter, will be strictly monitored by the class teacher.
  • Access to Social Media Websites/Applications, with the exclusion of Twitter, is strictly forbidden.
  • The use of personal electronic devices is permitted in the school provided that age-appropriate material is used and that inbuilt cameras are not activated.

School Website & Social Media

  • Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web or Facebook in accordance with clear policies and approval processes regarding the content.
  • Teachers have full editorial rights over the school blog on the school website.
  • The school website may publish group or individual photographs but will not reveal names or personal details of individuals with such photographs.*

 

Facebook

The purpose of maintaining an online presence on Facebook is to keep the school community up to date with what’s happening in the school. The school Facebook page allows the school to feed information, news and notices directly into the personal news feeds of parents and the wider school community. To ensure the page is a positive reflection of the great things happening at our school, we ask you to respect our Facebook Terms of Use.

NOTE: Facebook lists a minimum age requirement of 13 and all parents are reminded that children under the age of 13 should not be on Facebook. We encourage parents to show the school page to their children through their own accounts.

 

 

Terms of Use:

  • The page is a public page.
  • Facebook users who have ‘Liked’ our page are able to comment on the school’s posts and events, and on comments by other users. Users are not able to author a post or load media.
  • Users’ comments will be screened and approved before publication.
  • The page administrators reserve the right to remove any content which is deemed to be in breach of the Terms of Use.
  • We encourage you to provide positive feedback and comments. However, we ask that you be respectful and contribute in a positive and constructive manner.
  • The school will not respond directly to requests or messages on Facebook. All queries/feedback are welcomed via the school office.
  • Users should not mention individual staff members or pupils on the school Facebook page.
  • For security reasons, users should not tag photographs of children on the page or add comments that identify children.
  • Users should not advertise products or services on our school Facebook page.
  • Users should not ask to become “friends” with staff as failure to respond may cause offence.

 

The sanction for any user breaking any of the above rules is an automatic and permanent ban.

 

 

Legislation

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

  • Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
  • Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
  • Interception Act 1993
  • Video Recordings Act 1989
  • The Data Protection Act 1988
  • Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011

 

Sanctions

In accordance with the school’s Positive Discipline Policy, misuse of the Internet will result in disciplinary action. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.

 

Acceptable Usage Policy

This policy has been ratified by the Board of Management on 18th October 2016.

 

Signed:

 

_________________________ Chairperson BOM

 

_________________________ Principal

 

Date: ___________________

 

 

 

 

Bunscoil na mBráithre Críostaí

Christian Brothers Primary School, Green Street, Wexford

Tel/Fax: (053) 9141324. Email: office@cbsprimarywexford.com

 

 

 

 

Please sign and return this page to the school.

 

 

I have read, understood and agree with the terms of the Acceptable Usage Policy.

 

Parent’s Signature:_________________________ Date:_______

 

Child’s Name:________________________ Class: ______

 

* The school may publish group or individual photographs but will not reveal names or personal details of individuals with such photographs.

Only sign below if you do not wish your child’s photo to be published.

 

Parent’s :________________________ Date:_______________

 

 

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