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School Policies
The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resource 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 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 September 2016 and by the school principal, the school’s ICT steering committee, staff, parents and Board of Management, in consultation with the National Council for Technology in Education (NCTE).
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 and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material. Our filtering system is provided by Bulldog Anti-virus software.
·         The school will regularly monitor pupils’ Internet usage.
·         Cyberbullying of any kind will NOT be tolerated and will be treated in the strongest terms according to our Code of Discipline Policy.
·         Teachers will be trained and students will be taught lessons in the area of Internet safety.
·         Parents can access advice on safe internet usage by visiting
·         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.
·         The class teacher will explain the rules to the children before they use the internet.
·         Children will be instructed as to what sites they can visit before each computer lesson.
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 from first class to sixth class will only be allowed to     use the internet and this must be with written     parental consent.
  • 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 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 material 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     electronic communications systems that have been approved by the school     and will be used for educational purposes only.
  • Usernames     will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
  • Face-to-face     meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be strictly     forbidden.
School Website
  • The school website is
  • Pupils     will be given the opportunity to publish projects, video, podcasts,     photographs, 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.
  • Photographs, video clips and voice     recordings of the children will     be uploaded to the school’s website. These will not contain personal     details.
  • The school     will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio and video clips focusing     on group activities. Content focusing on individual students will not     contain personal details of the child in question.
  • Personal     pupil information including home address and contact details will be     omitted from school web pages.
  • The school website will avoid 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.
Personal Devices
Pupils are not permitted to bring in any electronic devices into the school without the permission of their class teacher.
Pupils using their own technology in school, leaving a mobile phone turned on, 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.
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, email, school website or blogs will result in disciplinary action in accordance with our school’s Code of Discipline Policy.
This Acceptable Use Policy will be ratified by the Board of Management in 2018. It is to be reviewed annually, by the ICT coordinators, teachers, principal, parents and the Board of Management.

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