The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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.
This version of the AUP was updated in May 2015 by the ICT Steering Committee.
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:
- Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
- 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.
- 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, memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s permission.
- Students will treat school equipment and each other with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
- No eating or drinking is allowed while working on a school computer/device
- No access to a computer/device is allowed unless supervised by a teacher
- Staff must not add current students to their online social networks other than systems set up by Fingal Community College, for teaching and learning with built in user authentication and archiving.
- Staff must not accept invitations from students to join a student social network. Students who make such invitations should be reported to the principal
- Students will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
- Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.
- Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
- Students will not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement).
- Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
- Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.
- 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.
- Where provided, students will use approved school email accounts (MS365) under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
- Students are forbidden to use email for personal use.
- Use of email by any student is for educational purposes only. For example, email may be used by senior students as part of their ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) studies or by Transition Year students as part of their ICT course. Email may be used by junior students as part of their Mathletes log in.
- Where provided, students will use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
- Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory, or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
- Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
- Students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through emails or the Internet.
- Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
Internet chat is strictly forbidden in the school eg. Snap Chat, Facebook, Whats app
Students will only have electronic access to electronic communications that have been approved by the school
School Website – www.fingalcc.ie
- The posting of data to the school website – www.fingalcc.ie – is to be controlled by the IT Coordinator and the Webmaster.
- Parents have limited access to vs ware through the school website. This is a read only platform where parents/guardians may access their son/daughters timetable, term results, attendance and behavioural record.
- The decision as to the suitability of content for the website is the responsibility of the IT Coordinator and the Webmaster, in consultation with the Principal.
- The website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff.
- Website using facilities such as guestbooks, noticeboards or weblogs – where they exist – will be checked frequently to ensure that they do not contain personal details.
- The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.
- Pupils’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.
- The school will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio or video clips focusing on group activities. Content focusing on individual students will not be published on the school website without the parental permission. Video clips may be password protected. However, if you have concerns in these areas please contact the Principal.
- The school website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff.
- The website will not contain personal details (apart from student name on occasions) of students and staff.
- The school will ensure that the image files are appropriately named – will not use pupils’ names in image file names or ALT tags if published on the web.
- Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
Fingal Community College Twitter Account @Fingalcc
The purpose of having a school twitter account is to provide;
- Communication with parents regarding specific events and activities
- Communication with new or prospective parents
- Communication with wider audience regarding positive advertisement of school and enrolment dates
- Communication with wider audience of school life via possible communication tours-photos of pupils, projects, notice boards, etc
- Communication of student news and parents
- Continued advancement of our school communication system with information shared via paper notes, email, website and now social media
- Users cannot advertise products or services on our school twitter account
- Users should not post anything on the page that could be deemed as offensive – inappropriate or harmful comments/content will be removed immediately
- Users cannot post identifiable photographs of children on the account
- Users should not add comments that can identify children
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 and is subject to sanction under the guidelines of The Code of Behaviour.
The school will provide information on the following legislation relating to use of the Internet which teachers, students and parents should familiarise themselves with:
- Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
- Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
- Interception Act 1993
- Video Recordings Act 1989
- The Data Protection Act 1988
Links to the full text of these acts are available in the Resources for Schools section of www.webwise.ie.
The school will inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet. The following are a list of websites that will give advice to parents on how to use the internet safely and how to report an suspected illegal online activity ranging from
Misuse of the Internet and/or any form of cyber bullying will 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.