The aim of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure that pupils will benefit from the 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 If the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege may be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions will be imposed.
When using the internet pupils, parents and staff are expected:
To treat others with respect at all times.
Not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
Respect the right to privacy of all other members of the school community.
Respect copyright and acknowledgeÂ creators when using online content and resources.
This Acceptable Use Policy applies to pupils who have access to and are users of the internet in Cloughfin N.S. and in the event of children being required to access the internet at home for work assigned by the school.
It also applies to members of staff, volunteers, parents, carers and others who access the internet in Cloughfin N.S. and at home for any school related business.
Misuse of the internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges, detention and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.
Cloughfin N.S. implements the following strategies on promoting safer use of the internet :
PupilsÂ will be provided with education in the area of internet safety as part of our implementation of the SPHE curriculum and through use of Webwise resources.Â
Teachers will be provided with continuing professional developmentÂ opportunities in the area of internet safety.
Cloughfin N.S. participates in Safer Internet Day activities to promote safer more effective use of the internet.
This policy and its implementation will be reviewed annually by the following stakeholders:
Board of Management, teaching staff, and support staff.
This policy has been developed by a working group including: Principal, Deputy Principal, teachers, pupils and representatives of the Board of Management.
The school will monitor the impact of the policy using:
Logs of reported incidents.
Should serious online safety incidents take place, the Principal (Fiona Farry) or Deputy Principal (Bernie McEleney) should be informed.
The implementation of this Internet Acceptable Use policy will be monitored by the principal (Fiona Farry) and reports of any incidents given to the Board of Management of Cloughfin National School.
Cloughfin N.S. has chosen to implement the following level on content filtering on the Schools Broadband Network: Level 6 Â This is the widest level of content filtering available.Â This level allows access to millions of websites including games andÂ YouTube and allows access to personal websites category, and other similar types of websites, such as blogs. It allows access to websites belonging to the personal websites category and websites such as Facebook belonging to the Social Networking category.
Pupils taking steps to by-pass the content filter by using proxy sites or other means may be subject to disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges, detention and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion.
Web Browsing and Downloading
Pupils will not intentionally visit internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
Pupils will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in the classroom to their teacher.
Pupils and staff will not copy information from the internet without acknowledging the creator and referencing the source of the content.
Pupils and staff 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 will use the school’s internet connection only for educational and career development activities.
Pupils will not engage in online activities such as uploading or downloading large files that result in heavy network traffic which impairs the service for other internet users.
Pupils will not download or view any material that is illegal, obscene, and defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
Use of file sharing and torrent sites is allowed with staff permission.
Downloading by pupilsÂ of materials or images not relevant to their studies is allowed with staff permission.
Email and Messaging
The use of personal email accounts is only allowed atÂ Cloughfin N.S. Â with expressed permission from members of the teaching staff.
Pupils will not send any material that is illegal, obscene, and defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
Pupils will not have use of school email accounts or personal emails. Unless the teacher logs in and supervises sending of an email,
Pupils should immediately report the receipt of any communication that makes them feel uncomfortable, is offensive, discriminatory, threatening or bullying in nature and must not respond to any such communication.
Pupils should avoid opening emails that appear suspicious. If in doubt, pupils should ask their teacher before opening emails from unknown senders.
The following statements apply to the use of messaging, blogging and video streaming services in Cloughfin N.S. :
Use of instant messaging services and apps including Snapchat, Whats Apps, G Chat etc. isÂ notÂ allowedÂ inÂ Â Cloughfin N.S. .
Use of blogs such as Word Press, Seesaw etc.Â isÂ allowed inÂ Â Cloughfin N.S. with express permission from teaching staff.
Use of video streaming sites such as YouTube and Vimeo etc. is with express permission from teaching staff.
Staff and pupils must not use social media and the internet in any way to harass, insult, abuse or defame pupils, their family members, staff, other members of the Cloughfin N.S. community
Staff and pupils must not discuss personal information about pupils, staff and other members of the Cloughfin N.S. community on social media.
Staff and pupils must not use school email addresses for setting up personal social media accounts or to communicate through such media.
Staff and pupils must not engage in activities involving social media which might bring Cloughfin N.S. into disrepute.
Staff and pupils must not represent their personal views as those of Cloughfin N.S. on any social medium.
Pupils using their own technology in school should follow the rules set out in this agreement, in the same way as if they were using school equipment. (should the need for BYOD ever arise)
The following statements apply to the use of internet-enabled devices such as tablets, gaming devices, and digital music players in Cloughfin N.S. :
Pupils are only allowed to bring personal internet-enabled devices into Cloughfin N.S. with expressed permission from staff.
Pupils are only allowed to useÂ personal internet-enabled devices during lessons with expressed permission from teaching staff.
Pupils are not allowed to useÂ personal internet-enabled devices during social time.
Images & Video
Care should be taken when taking photographic or video images that pupils are appropriately dressed and are not participating in activities that might bring the individuals or the school into disrepute.
At Cloughfin N.S. pupils must not take, use, share, publish or distribute images of others without their permission.
Pupils taking photos or videos on school grounds or when participating in school activities is not allowed under any circumstances.
Written permission from parents or carers will be obtained before photographs of pupils are published on the school website or social media accounts.
Pupils must not share images, videos or other content online with the intention to harm another member of the school community regardless of whether this happens in school or outside.
Sharing explicit images and in particular explicit images of pupils and/or minors is an unacceptable and absolutely prohibited behaviour, with serious consequences and sanctions for those involved. Sharing explicit images of other pupils automatically incurs suspension as a sanction.
When using the internet pupils, parents and staff are expected to treat others with respect at all times.
Engaging in online activities with the intention to harm, harass, or embarrass and another pupil or member of staff is an unacceptable and absolutely prohibited behaviour, with serious consequences and sanctions for those involved.
Measures are taken to ensure that staff and pupils are aware that bullying is defined as unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time. This definition includes cyber-bullying even when it happens outside the school or at night.
Measures are taken by Cloughfin N.S. to ensure that staff and pupils are aware that bullying is defined as unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time. This definition includes cyber-bullying even when it happens outside the school or at night.
Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and will be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
The prevention of cyber bullying is an integral part of the anti-bullying policy of our school.
Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on secure internet platforms in accordance with clear policies and approval processes regarding the content that can be loaded to the school's agreed learning platforms of Edmodo, Seesaw and Google Classroom.
The school website and learning platforms will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety, privacy, or reputiation of students or staff.
The publication of student work will be coordinated by a teacher.
Cloughfin N.S. will use only digital photographs, audio or video clips of focusing on group activities. Content focusing on individual students will only be published on the school website with parental permission.
Personal student information including home address and contact details will not be published on Cloughfin N.S. web pages.
The Cloughfin N.S. will avoid publishing the first name and last name of pupils in video or photograph captions published online.
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
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.
Student’s Signature: __________________________
Parent/Guardian : __________________________
As the parent or legal guardian of the above student, 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 students access unsuitable websites.
In relation 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 students’ work on the school website.