Internet - Acceptable Use Policy
Reviewed: November 2020
Partial review: Annually – permission slips
Full review: 2025
Cloontuskert National School AUP 2020/2021
The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s IT resources in a safe and effective manner. Teachers and pupils are encouraged to use these resources productively and safely to promote teaching and learning in the school. The policy is also being updated to reflect how we, as a school, can safely engage in remote learning when necessary.
The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximize learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:
- Access to internet will always be supervised by a teacher.
- Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimize the risk of exposure to inappropriate material. The school internet is protected by the firewall provided by the NCTE (National Centre for Technology in Education).
- Pupils 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 USB keys/storage devices in school is only allowed with teacher supervision.
- Pupils 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.
- It is important to note that the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy should be read in conjunction with this Policy. Parents/guardians and students should be aware that placing a once-off, offensive or hurtful internet message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.
World Wide Web
- Pupils and teachers will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
- Teachers will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning. Teachers and students will not upload, download or otherwise transmit material that is copyrighted on school Devices.
- Pupils will never disclose or publicise personal information.
- Pupils and teachers 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 and teachers will not knowingly visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials and the school will not be responsible for any attempts made in this regard.
- In the event of accidentally accessing any of the above sites, the student will be expected to immediately turn off the monitor and report the incident to a teacher or supervisor.
- Pupils will be taught appropriate use of the internet, using, for example, the www.webwise.ie teaching materials.
- Websites will be previewed / evaluated by a teacher using a filtering system, before being integrated into lessons conducted on school Devices.
- Students will not disclose or publicise personal or confidential information to others online. Examples of this are, but not limited to, their own or classmates’ home addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, online profile information or name and location of their school.
- Students will not examine, change or use another person’s files, username or passwords.
- Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving any information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security, and/or network management reasons.
- The school takes every reasonable precaution to provide for online safety, but it cannot be held responsible if students access unsuitable websites either deliberately or inadvertently.
- Pupils will not have access to personal email facilities at school. Any emails to other children/schools, will be sent through the school email address.
- When using Google Classroom and the Gsuite Apps, students will use approved class email accounts under supervision of a teacher or parent/guardian.
- 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 not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or 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.
- Teachers have set up individual school email addresses for the purposes of remote teaching and learning which the pupils in their class/group may use
- Pupils may use school email address, with permission, to email work to school.
- In circumstances where teaching cannot be conducted on the school premises, teachers may use Google Classroom, Google Meet, Zoom, or other platforms approved by the Principal as platforms to assist with remote teaching where necessary.
- The school will sign up to the terms of service of the Online Platforms in use by the school.
- The school will enable the most up to date security and privacy features which these Online Platforms provide.
- In the case of Google Classroom and Google Meet, parents/guardians must grant access to their child to have a school Gmail address, based on the school domain, such as firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parents/guardians will be provided with the password and will be expected to monitor their child’s use of the Gmail address and online platforms.
- If teachers are using Zoom, parents/guardians must consent to their child having a school email address as above to allow their child access to the lessons. Where the child does not have a school email address, parents can consent by submitting their own email address for their child to access lessons on Zoom.
- Parents/guardians must also agree to monitor their child’s participation in any such lessons conducted on the Online Platforms.
The school website is cloontuskertns.ie
The school email address is email@example.com.
- Students will be given the opportunity to have photos, projects, artwork and other work relating to curricular and extra-curricular school activities published on the school website as per the consent form. Teachers will coordinate the publication of this material.
- Personal information relating to the student including their name, home address and contact details will not be included on school social media or the school’s website.
- Digital photographs and audio or video clips of individual students will not be published on the school website and/or affiliated pages, without prior parental/guardian permission. Instead, photographs etc. will focus on group activities, where children will not be named.
- Photos/Videos may be used for the production of the Homework Journal or specific school events e.g. Communion etc. These photos/videos and the photos/videos on our website/App should not be copied or posted to any social media or other website or published in any way.
- Parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested not to ‘tag’ photographs or any other content which would identify any children or staff in the school.
- Parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested to ensure that online messages and/or comments to the school’s social media sites are respectful. Any messages written on social media are treated in the same way as written messages to the school.
- The Principal will review the content of the website and the social media sites regularly.
- If any parent or guardian has any concern about the appropriateness of the content of the website or social media sites, then the Board asks that the matter be brought to the attention of the Principal as a matter of urgency.
- This Policy should be read in conjunction with our Data Protection Policy.
Staff Use of Email and the Internet
- Members of staff are encouraged to use various online resources in their teaching and learning activities, to conduct research, and for contact with others involved in education. Each member of staff has access to the school email address as part of his/her work.
- When using the Internet, all users must comply with all copyright, libel, fraud, discrimination and obscenity laws.
- School printers may be used to print downloaded materials associated with school activities.
- All users are expected to communicate in a professional manner.
- It will not be usual practice to read staff emails but the school reserves the right to do this in the case of a suspected breach of these policy guidelines. A serious breach may be treated as a disciplinary matter.
- No person will in any way alter the filtering preferences set for the school.
- Students may not use any personal device with recording or image taking capability while in school or on a school outing. Any such breach of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) will be seen serious misdemeanour and the pupil will be sanctioned accordingly.
- Any images or recordings taken by class teachers on smartphones or other personal devices must be downloaded onto the class laptop/school server and/or on to the school App/relevant school affiliated website and then immediately deleted from source.
- The use of E-readers may be permitted, under the supervision of the teacher.
- All personal devices are to be turned off during school hours. Some exceptions may be made for teachers. (See Mobile Phone Policy)
The school will provide information, if requested, on the following legislation relating to use of the
Internet which teachers and parents should familiarise themselves with:
The following legislation relates to the use of the Internet.
- EU General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (See school policy and statement)
- Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
- Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
- Interception Act 1993
- Video Recordings Act 1989
- The Data Protection Act 1988
- Anti-Bullying Guidelines for Primary Schools 2013
- The Data Protection Act 1988
Teachers and parents should familiarise themselves with relevant legislation. The school will help with this if requested.
Teachers will give instruction on appropriate use of the internet and how to use it safely.
We use the services of the NCTE , www.webwise.ie and www.safety.ie. We will also invite experts in this area to provide instruction to pupils, parents and teachers. This will normally take place every year/two years for pupils and families in the senior classes.
Use of Information Communication Technology (“ICT”) Resources
Cloontuskert NS’ information and technology resources (e.g. e-mail, computers, computer applications, networks, internet, intranet, phone and other wireless communications devices, telephone and voice mail systems and the like) are school property and are provided solely for school related activities.
Inappropriate use including hacking, pirating software, using school resources for non-school commercial activities, soliciting, distributing literature for outside entities, disclosing confidential information of the school, sending inappropriate e-mail or accessing inappropriate web sites (such as those advocating hate or violence, containing sexually
explicit material promoting illegal activities), or using school resources in a way that violates the letter or spirit of the school’s policies or reflects negatively on the school is forbidden.
Users of the school’s information and technology resources must not share passwords. If you allow others to use your password or assigned resource, you will be held responsible for their use.
Consistent with national laws, the Board of Management reserves the right to monitor the use of its information and technology resources and to take appropriate disciplinary actions, or denying future access privileges in cases of misuse. Staff/student use of the school’s information and technology resources constitutes consent to such monitoring. All such monitoring will be conducted in accordance with law including, where applicable, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension. The procedures outlined in the school Code of Behaviour will be used. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.
This policy was developed in November 2020. It will be presented to the Board with a view to having it ratified at the next Board of Management meeting. It will be updated, as needs be, when developments in technology and new platforms for remote learning impact on teaching and learning in the school. Otherwise it is due for a full review in 2025
The AUP will be available in the school office for parents/guardians should they request to view or obtain a copy. The policy can be communicated by providing a written copy if requested, or by e-mail.