SAFE USE OF DIGITAL AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
The safe use of digital and electronic devices, including accessing the internet promotes safety and welfare at school.
A number of measures are in place to ensure all students benefit from digital and electronic mediums to support learning.
General measures to support safe use
- Filtering software to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material
- Virus protection software will be up-dated on a regular basis
- Teachers and students will be provided with suitable training
- Appropriate advice will be provided to parents/guardians
- Use of personal digital storage devices in school requires permission from a teacher
- Students must maintain separate personal storage devices for school and personal use
- Students must not access their personal email or electronic accounts at school
- Students will treat others with respect at all times and must not send or post any inappropriate and/or offensive material about another student, a staff member or parent/guardian
- Students must switch off their phones or other electronic devices during school hours
- Devices can only be used under the direction of a teacher
- If a student is found using electronic devices without permission during school time the device will be confiscated and contact made with the parent/guardian before the device is returned
- Students should never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through email or the internet
Additional Measures to support safe use of internet
While in school or operating under a password provided by the school:
- Students must access the internet for educational purposes only
- Access to the web and internet will be overseen by a teacher as appropriate
- Students only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication forms which have been approved by the school and must only be used for educational purposes
- Students’ internet usage on the school digital and ICT devices including distributing or receiving information, personal or school-related, will be monitored
- Students must not intentionally visit sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable material
- Accidental accessing of inappropriate material must be reported to a teacher immediately
- Students will acknowledge the source of material used from the internet for school assignments and homework
- Students must not disclose or publicise usernames or any personal information
- Downloading of non-approved software or copyright material is not permitted
- Uploading or downloading of material or images not relevant to school work is not allowed.
Additional measures to support safe use of email
Students will be issued with approved class email accounts and will use these with
permission from a teacher and under supervision. When doing so students must:
- not send or receive material that is illegal, obscene, and defamatory in nature
- not send material intended to annoy, hurt or intimidate another person
- not reveal their own or others personal details such as contact details (phone, addresses) or pictures
- seek the permission of teachers to receive or send attachments.
Breach of the above measures will lead to sanctions including the withdrawal of digital and electronic devices.
Note on Legislation
Information on legislation relating to the use of the internet is available in the
Resources for Schools Section of www.webwise.ie. The school reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.