Internet Acceptable Usage Policy

Introduction

The Internet is a valuable teaching and learning tool. It provides information and allows people to communicate with others and share information. It can develop children’s independent research skills and promote life-long learning. However, some material available on the Internet is unsuitable for children and therefore these guidelines will be followed when using the Internet.

Pupils’ use of the Internet

Pupils are responsible for good behaviour on the Internet. Access to the Internet may be withdrawn from pupils who fail to maintain acceptable standards of use. Internet access in the school includes a filtering service. However no filtering service is completely foolproof and therefore pupils will be supervised during the use of the Internet.

Staff will ensure to the maximum extent possible, that pupils know and understand that no Internet user is permitted to:

  • Use the Internet for any illegal activity including accessing other computers.
  • Retrieve, send, copy or display offensive messages or pictures.
  • Use obscene or offensive language.
  • Cause damage to computers, computer systems or networks.
  • Violate copyright laws.
  • Use another user’s password.
  • Trespass in another user’s folders, work or files.
  • Cause any form of vandalism to the machine or the work of others including the up loading or creation of viruses.
  • Use social media sites, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, twitter, etc.

Organisation and Management of Internet Use

Staff will select sites, which will support pupils’ learning, e.g. wikepedia, teacher tube, googlescholar etc. Pupils may be given details of suitable sites to extend their learning at home as and when appropriate.

Promoting Safe and Independent Use of the Internet

Internet access will be supervised. Teachers will ensure that pupils understand appropriate use of the Internet and are aware of the rules. Pupils will be encouraged to tell a teacher immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable or if they encounter cyber bullying.

Children’s Use of Email

Children in school will only use email for educational purposes and e-mails will be checked before being sent. Pupils will not be allowed to send personal emails from the school system without permission. In-coming email will be regarded as public and may be examined by any staff member.

Bringing Devices into School from Home

In the interest of child protection children are not permitted to bring any technological devices to school or school tours or other outings. They are however permitted to bring their own devices to school to work on particular curricular areas with the permission of their teachers. The teachers will keep the devices in a safe place until they are being used in class and the children will be fully supervised when using the technology.  The children are made aware that they are responsible for their own property and if they get damaged they will have to cover the cost of repairs themselves.

Advice for Parents in relation to ICT in the Home

During school hours, teachers will guide pupils toward appropriate materials on the Internet.

Outside school, parents or guardians should bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they normally would with other information sources, such as television, magazines etc.

Parents or guardians should be aware that the Internet service provider at home may not be filtered.

It is therefore important that these guidelines are followed:

Discuss rules for using the Internet with your children and decide together when, how long and what comprises appropriate use.

Be aware of the sites your children are visiting and discuss with them what they are learning.

Ensure that children do not give out personal identifying information on the Internet such as a picture, address, phone number, school name or financial information such as credit card or bank details.

Encourage your children not to respond to any unwelcome, unpleasant or abusive messages and to inform you if they receive any such messages or images.

Appropriate home use of internet can be educationally beneficial and can make a useful contribution to home and school work. It should however be supervised and parents be aware that they are responsible for their children’s use of the internet resources at home.

Review and Implementation

This policy was reviewed by the whole school community in May 2017. It is due to be reviewed again in April 2019 or sooner if circumstances demand it. It is available to view for all parents and staff on the school website.