Information for Parents

TCS Acceptable Use Policy

Tallaght Community School Acceptable Use Policy v2 (2017)

This policy operates in conjunction with the school's Code of Behaviour.

Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood.

AUP Aim:

The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s ICT facilities and 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 the ICT Policy Group will review the AUP annually. This version of the AUP was created by the ICT Policy Group.

 

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:

General

  • 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 disks, memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school is not permitted.  Such disks, memory sticks or CD-Roms may be confiscated.
    • Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
      • Students will not open e-mail attachments from unknown or unsolicited sources and will immediately alert the teacher.
      • Adherence to the school’s anti-bullying policy is implicit in this policy.
      • ICT facilities will be used appropriately at all times.

World Wide Web

Students will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.

Students will report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials directly to the class teacher.

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.

Email

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

Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication forums that have been approved by the school.

Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.

Face-to-face meetings with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.

Facebook is not permitted in the school, and students breaching this rule will face sanctions.

School Website and World Wide Web

Pupils’ projects, artwork or school work may be published on the school website and this will be co-ordinated by the site administrator.

 The website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff.

Websites using facilities such as guestbooks, noticeboards or weblogs will be checked frequently to ensure that they do not contain personal details.

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 parental permission.  Content focusing on individual staff members will not be published on the school website without the permission of the site administrator.

Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.

The school website will avoid publishing the first name and last name of individuals in a photograph.

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.

Students will be encouraged to engage with Web 2.0 technologies for educational benefit, eg creating e-portfolios, managing research, developing personal learning networks (PLN), publication of school work.

Personal Devices

Pupils’ will only use personal electronic devices when authorised and directed by a teacher for a specific learning activity. Unauthorised use of personal electronic devices is expressly forbidden.  

Sexting

Sexting is the sharing of sexual text, video, and photographic content using mobile phones, apps, social networking services and other internet technologies. The sharing of explicit text, images and/or video, is an unacceptable and absolutely prohibited behaviour and will have serious consequences and sanctions for those involved in accordance with the school’s Code of Behaviour.

Please note that:

  • All incidents involving creating, storing, or sharing of explicit text, images and/or video of children under the age of 17 years will be reported as an incident to the Gardaí and Tusla and the State Claims Agency (to the latter as there is the potential to cause injury/harm to the individual).
  • Sharing of explicit text, images and/or videos of pupils in the school will incur serious sanctions including suspension and up to expulsion as determined by the Board of Management.

Legislation

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 Data Protection Act 1988 & Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003

Video Recordings Act 1989

Interception Act 1993

Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998

Sanctions

Misuse of the internet may result in relevant sanctions being applied as per school Code of Behaviour.

Misuse of ICT and Internet facilities 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.