Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy Scoil Ghobnatan Mallow

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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions will be imposed. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood.
General

  • Internet sessions will always be supervised.
  • 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.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • The use of external media, such as memory sticks, requires a teacher’s permission.
  • 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

  • Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or any objectionable materials.
  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information. 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.
  • In the case of mistakenly arriving at an inappropriate site, the user shall immediately back out of the site and students shall inform their teachers of the occurrence.

School Website

  • Students will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the school website.
  • The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.
  • Digital photographs of individual students will not be published on the school website. Instead, photographs will focus on group activities.
  • Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages. A pupil’s picture and work may be published on the website. Children’s names will not be published.

Sanctions

Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action.

Michael Walsh (Principal)

Carol Desmond (Vice-principal)