Usage Policy: English Version
Caisleán an Bharraigh
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withdrawn and appropriate sanctions - as outlined in the AUP - will be
It is envisaged that school
and parent representatives will revise the AUP annually. Before signing,
the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use
are accepted and understood.
This version of the AUP was
created in 2004
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:
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
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, memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital
storage media in school requires a teacher's permission.
Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake
any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
World Wide Web
Students will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene,
illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
Students will pupils report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials
in accordance with school procedures.
Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
Students will not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge
the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement).
Students 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 use policy.
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.
Students will not use personal email accounts.
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.
Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging
or other electronic communication fora that have been approved by the
Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums
will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
Face-to-face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be
Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school
work on the World Wide Web in accordance with clear policies and approval
processes regarding the content that can be loaded to the school's website
Scoil Raifteirí's website will be regularly checked to ensure that
there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff. If
you object to any picture or feature, please contact us.
Website using facilities such as guestbooks, noticeboards or weblogs will
be checked frequently to ensure that they do not contain personal details?
The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.
Pupils' work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a
copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express
The school will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio or video clips
of focusing on group activities. Content focusing on individual students
will not be published on the school website with out the parental permission..
Photographs, audio and video clips will. Video clips may be password protected.
Personal pupil information including home address and contact details
will be omitted from school web pages.
The school website avoids publishing the first name and last name of individuals
in a photograph.
The school will ensure that the image files are appropriately named -
will not use pupils' names in image file names or ALT tags if published
on the web.
Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
Pupils 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.
The school will provide information on the following legislation relating
to use of the Internet which teachers, students and parents should familiarise
Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
Interception Act 1993
Video Recordings Act 1989
The Data Protection Act 1988
The school will inform students and parents of key support structures
and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the
Misuse 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.
You are asked to fill the version of this form which
is in your child's dialann scoile (school diary)
Name of Pupil:
I agree to follow the school's Acceptable Use Policy on the use of the
Internet. I will use the Internet in a responsible way and obey all the
rules explained to me by the school.
As the parent or legal guardian of the above pupil, I have read the Acceptable
Use Policy and grant permission for my son or daughter or the child in
my care to access the Internet. 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 pupils access unsuitable websites.
I accept the
above paragraph __ I do not accept the above paragraph__
(Please tick as appropriate)
to the school website, I accept that, if the school considers it appropriate,
my child's schoolwork may be chosen for inclusion on the website. I understand
and accept the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy relating to publishing
children's work on the school website.
I accept the above paragraph __ I do not accept the above paragraph __
(Please tick as appropriate)
_____________________________ Date: ___________________
Address: ______________________________ Telephone: _______________