Acceptable Use Policy
Saint Luke's National School
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. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to indicate that the conditions of use are accepted and understood. This version of the AUP was created November 2009
By the Staff and Board of Management of Saint Luke's National School.
o Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
o Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material. (DES provide initial filtering at source)
o The school will regularly monitor pupils' Internet usage.
o Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis. (AVAST will be initial software here)
o The use of personal CD-ROMs in school requires a teacher's permission.
o Students 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.
World Wide Web
o Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
o Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
o Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
o Students will use one approved class email account under supervision by or with permission from a teacher.
o Students will not reveal their own or other people's personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
o Students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through emails or the internet.
o Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
o Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
o Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
o Pupils may be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web.
o Pupils' work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.
o Digital photographs, audio or video clips of individual students will not be published on the school website. Instead photographs, audio and video clips will focus on group activities. Video clips may be password protected.
o Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
o Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
o Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
o Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
o Interception Act 1993
o Video Recordings Act 1989
o 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 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.