Acceptable Use Policy
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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 original version of the AUP was created on the 11/03/09. This policy was reviewed in 2012 and again in 2014.
This version was reviewed by the Principal. Staff, the Parent’s Association, the Board of Management, the Parent’s IT Committee and the Pupil’s IT Committee.
This policy will be subsequently reviewed as issues and matters arIse relating to the acceptable use of IT.
This policy is to be read in conjunction with our Anti-bullying policy which also deals with the issue of Cyberbullying.
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:
World Wide Web
School Website: www.glencullenschool.ie
St. Patrick’s N.S. Facebook page StPatricks_Glencullen
The purpose having of a school Facebook page is to provide;
Those using our social networking site must abide by the following;
The sanction for breaking these rules is automatic removal from our Facebook page.
St. Patrick’s N.S. Twitter account @Glencullen_NS
The purpose having of a school Twitter account is to provide;
Those using our social media site must abide by the following;
The sanction for breaking these rules is automatic blockage from our Twitter account.
Pupils using their own technology in school, such as leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class, 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. (see Mobile Phone and Electronic Gadgets Policy)
The school will provide information on the following legislation relating to use of the Internet which teachers, students and parents should familiarise themselves with:
The school will inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet. This information will be available at Internet Safety talks throughout the year.
Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.