Mission Statement: At North Connaught College students are encouraged to actively participate in a learning environment, where each individual is supported, respected as unique and where every effort is made to develop knowledge and skills appropriate to their needs. Ethos: MSL ETB is a Community of Learners with a historic and unique tradition as a provider of Education and training. In responding to the needs of the Community it delivers the highest standards of teaching and learning. MSL ETB Colleges, schools and Centres of Education are democratic, co-educational and multi-denominational in character where policies, practices and attitudes are underpinned by the core values of Respect, Equity and Fairness.
The aim of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to ensure that students will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the College’s Internet resources in a safe and effective manner. Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the College AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.
It is envisages that College 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 created on 9-11-2015 by Staff of North Connaught College
College’s Strategy The college employs a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:
Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
The College will regularly monitor student’ Internet usage.
Students and tutors 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.
Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with College procedure.
Students will use the Internet during class time for educational purposes only.
Students will not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (Plagiarism and copyright infringement).
Students will be advised to never disclose or publicise personal information.
Downloading by students of materials or images not relevant to their studies is in direct breach of the College’s acceptable use policy.
Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, College-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.
Students are not allowed to access social networking sites from school equipment during class time.
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.
Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.
Face-to-face meeting with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.
Students will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or College work on the World Wide Web in accordance with clear policies and approval processes regarding the content that can be loaded to the College’s website.
The website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of students or staff.
Website using facilities such as guestbooks, noticeboards or weblogs 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.
Students’ 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 College 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 College website without personal permission or parental permission (if under 18 years). Video clips may be password protected.
Personal student information including home address and contact details will be omitted from College web pages.
The College will ensure that the image files are appropriately named – will not use students’ names in image file names or ALT tags if published on the web.
Students will continue to own the copyright on any work published.
Mobile phones will not be used in class without the teachers permission.
Cyber bullying, sending nuisance text messages, unauthorised taking of images with a mobile phone camera (still or moving), or sound recording, are in direct breach of the College’s acceptable use policy.
Legislation The College 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
Support Structures The College will inform students of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the internet.
Sanctions Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion. The College also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities. See also Attendance & Participation Document.
In the event of unforeseen circumstances the management reserve the right to add to or amend this policy at short notice.Permission Form Template Please review the attached school Internet Acceptable Use Policy, sign and return this permission form to the Principal.
College Name: ______________________________________ Name of Student: _____________________________________ Class:: __________________________________________
Student I agree to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy on the use of the Internet. I will use the Internet in a responsible way and obey all the rules explained to me by the school. I understand that there are sanctions set out in this policy, and in the school’s code of behaviour, in respect of inappropriate internet use or breach of any of the rules stated in this policy and that they will be implemented where appropriate.
Student’s Signature: _______________________ Date: __________
As the parent or legal guardian of the above student, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy and grant permission for my son/daughter or the child in my care to access the internet. I understand that Internet access is intended for educational purposes, I also understand that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety but the school cannot be held responsible if students access unsuitable websites.
In relation to the school website, I accept that, if the school considers it appropriate, my child’s schoolwork may be chosen for inclusion on the website. I understand and accept the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy relating to publishing students’ work on the school website.
Letter to Parents/Guardians Dear Parent/Guardian
Re: Internet Permission Form As part of North Connaught College’s education programme we offer students supervised access to the Internet. This allows students’ access to a large array of online educational resources that we believe can greatly enhance students’ learning experience.
However, access to and use of the Internet requires responsibility on the part of the user and North Connaught College. These responsibilities are outlined in the College’s Acceptable Use Policy (enclosed). It is important that this enclosed document is read carefully, signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the school.
Although the College takes active steps to promote safe use of Internet, it recognises the possibility that students may accidentally or deliberately access inappropriate or objectionable material.
The College respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to allow those under 18 years of age access to the Internet as defined by the College’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)checklist For an AUP to be robust it needs to be reviewed and updated regularly, taking into consideration implementation issues that may arise. The following is a checklist that may be used when developing or revising an AUP.
Have AUP implementation issues arisen since the AUP was designed/revised?
Have these issues been discussed with parents (if the student is under 18 years), students and teachers and incorporated into an updated AUP?
Given that an AUP is in place, can the school confidently address the following scenarios?
A student is found using a chat room to arrange a face-to-face meeting with a friend.
The school uses filtering software but a student accidentally accesses a pornographic website while in your care.
A student publishes defamatory information on a personal website about a peer.
Has the AUP had a positive impact on curriculum delivery?
Has internal or external expertise assisted the formulation or reformulation of the AUP?
Has the school informed the use of the Internet with parents and guardians of students under 18 years?
Does an open dialogue exist between students and teachers relating to Internet misuse and safety issues?
Are teachers’ and students’ Internet safety training needs being met?