St Clement’s College
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Review 1. March 2006,
Review 2.May 2014
The aim of this policy is to ensure that students will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s internet resources in a safe and effective manner. Internet access and use is considered a valuable school resource in fulfilling the mission statement of the college to facilitate the development of each student to his full academic, personal, spiritual and social potential in a Catholic, caring, respectful and safe environment.
All users of the school computer system must adhere to this policy.
The school employs the following strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and to reduce risks associated with the Internet.
- The term ‘ supervising teacher’ refers to the teacher present in the Multimedia Room / Computer Room during the class session and also to the teacher who grants permission and takes responsibility for a student’s use of a school computer.
2) The term ‘express permission’ means that a teacher has given explicit permission to a student to use a school computer for a specific purpose and will take responsibility for the student’s use of the computer for that particular purpose.
3) All activities relating to the computer system in the school are monitored. All users are accountable for their computer usage.
- Students may not enter the Multimedia Room / Computer Room in the absence of a supervising teacher.
- Students may not use a school computer without the express permission of a specified teacher who will be responsible for the student’s use of the computer.
- Students may not change or interfere with any settings, registers, screensavers etc.
- Computers will be used solely for educational purposes.
- Computers will not be used for playing personal computer games.
- Any disc and USB key used on a school computer may be inspected by supervising teachers.
World Wide Web
- Users of the internet on the school’s computers are advised that online activities are monitored.
- Netiquette: Netiquette refers to internet etiquette – appropriate behaviour in all online activities.
In a school context, supervising teachers are the arbiters of ‘netiquette’ and should be consulted where a student is uncertain of the appropriate behaviour/response.
- Students may not use the Internet without the specific permission of supervising teachers. Teachers must be informed of the purpose of the visit to the Internet site and the URL.
- Students are not permitted to visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable material.
- Students are not permitted to disclose or publicise personal or confidential information e.g. home addresses, telephone numbers of fellow students or the name and location of the school without the express permission of supervising teacher(s).
- Students are not permitted to send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory, or intended to annoy, embarrass or intimidate another person. Any student so doing will be subject to the School Code of Behaviour and may be excluded from future use of school computers.
- School computers must not be used for gambling, accessing, uploading, downloading, transmitting, displaying, or distributing obscene material or material that in any way can be construed as bringing the school’s good name into disrepute.
- The use of obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language is not permitted on electronic resources, privately owned devices used on school premises or social networking spaces that are linked to or could be identified with the school.
- Material that is threatening, abusive, hateful, obscene, indecent, or defamatory or involves or encourages conduct that may constitute a criminal offence must not be transmitted, published, distributed, promoted, marketed or stored on or through the school network or the internet.
- E-mail on the school computers may not be used without the express permission of the supervising teacher.
- Students are forbidden to open e-mail or e-mail attachments from unsolicited or unknown sources. Such arrivals should be immediately notified to the supervising teacher.
- No personal information about students, students’ families, teachers or the school is to be disclosed without express permission from the supervising teachers.
- Any encounter with information or a message that threatens, demeans or otherwise makes the student feel uncomfortable must be reported immediately to the supervising teacher(s). Under no circumstances should a student respond to such a message.
- Students must never make arrangements for an unsupervised meeting with any online correspondent without parental permission.
- Pictures or images, which might assist in identifying an individual, should not be transmitted without express permission of supervising teachers.
- Use of a full or last name in online correspondence should not occur without the express permission of supervising teacher(s)
School Web Site
- Students’ work should appear in an educational context with a notice prohibiting the copying of such work without the expressed written permission of the school.
- No home address, telephone number, contact details, or personal student information should appear with such work.
- The inclusion of portrait style or small group photographs should be avoided – use large group photographs if necessary.
- No name, home address, telephone number, contact details, or personal information should appear with student photographs.
- School should obtain parental permission to publish students’ work or photographs of students. This is normally done at the start of the school year.
- High standards of content, accuracy and presentation are required for the school website. Material for publication on the school website must be submitted firstly to the Principal.
Cyber Bullying (refer to Anti-Bullying Policy)
Cyber Bullying is an aggressive, wilful act carried out by an individual or a group using electronic communication technologies to support deliberate and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.
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 should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
However, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.
Examples of Cyber Bullying are the following
- Denigration: Spreading rumors, lies or gossip to hurt a person’s reputation
- Harassment: Continually sending vicious, mean or disturbing messages to an individual
- Impersonation: Posting offensive or aggressive messages under another person’s name
- Flaming: Using inflammatory or vulgar words to provoke an online fight
- Trickery: Fooling someone into sharing personal information which you then post online
- Outing: Posting or sharing confidential or compromising information or images
- Exclusion: Purposefully excluding someone from an online group
- Cyber stalking: Ongoing harassment and denigration that causes a person considerable fear for his/her safety
- Silent telephone/mobile phone call
- Abusive telephone/mobile phone calls
- Abusive text messages
- Abusive email
- Abusive communication on social networks.
- Abusive website comments/Blogs/Pictures
- Abusive posts on any form of communication technology
- Staff and students must not violate copyright, or otherwise use another person’s intellectual property without his/her prior approval or proper citation.
- Staff and students must not transmit, re-transmit, distribute, publish, promote, market, or store material on or (via privately owned devices and storage media), through the school network or over the internet which constitutes a copyright infringement or involves the transmission, distribution, or storage of information or data in breach of any law.
- St Clement’s College reserves the right to monitor the use of the school’s computer system by electronic means without prior notification to the user.
- Students must not use camera/ video facilities on mobile phones or other devices to photograph other members of the school community without their express permission and consent of supervising teacher. They must not post image/ video files (or links to such files) of other members of the school community.
- Staff and students must not post anything, including imagery or video/ audio files, about another member of the school community on any internet site that might be construed as defamatory, malicious, or serving to bring the school’s good name into disrepute.
Privately Owned Hardware
- Personal computers and any mass storage devices or media that are under the control or in the possession of staff or students while in the school may be examined by the Principal at any time on reasonable grounds of suspicion that a breach of school rules has occurred. Such devices may be seized and removed for the purpose of examination.
- Seizure and examination are carried out only with the authority of the Principal. Should cooperation be denied, the school reserves the right to ban the device from the school and in cases where it believes that the law has been broken –to impound the device and call relevant authorities.
Any student found to have violated this policy will be subject to the sanctions outlined in the Code of Behaviour.
Copies of the Acceptable Use Policy are made available to parents
This policy is consistent with other school policies including
Code of Behaviour
Note: Submitted to Board of Management and Trustees on 7th May 2014
Signed: Seamas Enright Signed: 7th May 2014
(Chairperson of Board of Management)