Carrigaline Community School Acceptable Use Policy
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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.
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:
- Students must treat others with respect at all times and must not undertake any actions that may upset or offend others or bring the school into disrepute.
- 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.
- Students may only access websites or material, which are approved by the teacher.
- Students may not access social media sites unless asked to do so by a teacher for educational purposes.
- Students should report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.
- Students must 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 may use their approved school email account under supervision of or with permission from a teacher for school-based activities only.
- Students must not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
- Students must not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
- Students must never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through emails or the Internet.
- Students should note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
- Access to Internet Chat rooms is strictly banned.
- Misuse of the Internet will 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 illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.
- 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 digital storage media in school requires the permission of a teacher.
- Students must never share usernames or passwords with other users.
- Students must never access or interfere with the data, displays or storage media belonging to another user, except with their permission.
- Students may only access the student-share drive on the school network with the permission of the teacher and when doing so must adhere to the direction of the teacher at all times.
- Students must respect all school hardware and should report any damage / misuse to the teacher immediately.
World Wide Web
- Students must use the Internet for educational purposes only.
- Students must not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement).
- Students must never disclose or publicise personal information.
- Uploading or downloading materials or images that are offensive or irrelevant to students’ studies, is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.
- Students must not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.