Internet Acceptable Usage Policy

School: Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna
Address: Bóthar Choltraí, Baile Munna, Baile Átha Cliath 9

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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 regularly. Before enrolling, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood. It is assumed that the parent accepts the terms of the AUP unless the school is specifically notified.

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:
● Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
● Filtering software from the NCTE are used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
● The school will regularly monitor pupils’ Internet usage.
● 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, 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 report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.
● Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only during class time. During Golden Time, they may be allowed to use the Internet for entertainment purposes. However, all web sites will be vetted by the class teacher.
● 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.
Email / Internet Chat
● Students will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
● 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 not have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication fora.
Web 2.0
With the advent of Web 2.0, the Internet has become a two way communication system for the school and the wider community. Services such as Facebook, WordPress, Twitter and other social media are being used by the school to communicate with parents and also for parents to communicate with the school. These services, although not owned by Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna, form part of our web services and all content that is placed on these services falls under this policy. For example, any content on the school’s website follows the same safety rules, e.g. the showing of photographs, video, etc.

The safety of our children on the web is of utmost importance so the following rules apply to the school and parents. Web 2.0 is open to potential dangers when used inappropriately. We would ask:

● Many social media sites have minimum age requirements. While the school will not monitor this, we would advise parents to not allow their children to have personal accounts on Facebook, Twitter, etc. until they are the appropriate age. Many social media sites will be used by teachers in class, for example, Twitter. However, all interactions will be under the supervision of the teacher.
● Please do not “tag” photographs or any other content which would identify any children or staff in the school.
● Please do not upload photos of other parent’s children.
● Please ensure that online messages and comments to the school are respectful. Any messages written on social media are treated in the same way as written messages to the school.
● Avoid any negative conversations about children, staff or parents on social media accounts.
● Please do not request to “friend” a member of staff in the school. The staff would like to keep their personal lives personal. It may be awkward for a staff member to be asked to ignore a Facebook or other social network request.
● Please do not add advertisements to our wall without prior permission of the principal.
● Failure to keep the above rules will result in a permanent ban to our social media accounts. No exceptions and no second chances.
School Website
● Please note that the following points apply to the school’s web site and social media profiles, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+
● 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
● The website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff.
● 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
● The school will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio or video clips of focusing on group activities. Photographs, audio and video clips will be used. Video clips will not be password protected.
● Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
● The school website will avoid publishing names of pupils alongside photos.
● 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.
Personal Devices
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. Please see mobile phone policy for further information.
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 and 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.
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.

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