Internet Acceptable Use Policy

School:           Coláiste an Átha

Address:         Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Co. Wexford

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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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.

The version of the AUP was created on 15/12/04 by the I.C.T. staff in consultation with parents and teachers.

School’s Strategy:

The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:

General:

  • Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
  • Filtering software and / or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • The school will regularly monitor pupil’s Internet usage.
  • Students and relevant teachers will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety.
  • 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 or CD-ROM’s in school 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.

The management reserves the right to review and amend this policy in response to changing circumstances and situations.

Signed           ______________________________                             Date______________

Séamus Redmond  (Principal)