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postheadericon Acceptable Use Policy

9th November 2006


Dear Parents/Guardians,


RE:  Internet Permission Form


As part of the school’s education programme we offer pupils 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 the school.  These responsibilities are outlined in the school’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 school takes active steps to promote safe use of the Internet, it recognises the possibility that students may accidentally or deliberately access inappropriate or objectionable material.


The school respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to allow their children access to the Internet as defined by the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.


Having read the terms of our school’s Acceptable Use Policy, you may like to take a moment to consider how the Internet is used in your own home, and see if there is any way you could make it safer for your own family.



Yours sincerely






Mrs Mary Pierce




















Please review the attached school Internet Acceptable Use Policy, sign and return this permission form to the Principal.


School Name:                         Scoil Namoh Brid, Celbridge, Co. Kildare


Name of Pupil:                       ________________________________


Class:                                     ________________________________



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.


Pupil’s Signature: ________________________________   Date:__________________



As the parent or legal guardian of the above pupil, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy and grant permission for my 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 (as outlined in the cover letter on NCTE) but the school cannot be held responsible if pupils access unsuitable websites.



I accept the above paragraph              I do not accept the above paragraph

(Please tick as appropriate)


In relation to the school website, I accept that, if the school consider 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 children’s work on the school website.



I accept the above paragraph              I do not accept the above paragraph

(Please tick appropriate)


Signature: _______________________________    Date: ________________



Address:  ______________________________       Telephone: __________________











SCHOOL NAME:  Scoil Naomh Brid, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.


The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit form 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 created on September 29th 2006 by:

Mary Pierce (Principal)

Breeda Meleady (Teacher)

Ann Boyle, Eileen McGory, Aisling O’Neill, Mary O’Sullivan (Parents Representatives)




The school employs a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated 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.  (As outlined in cover letter NCTE broadband filtering system will be used by the school.  This provides access to educational and cultural sites only)
  • 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 observe good “netiquette” (i.e. etiquette on the Internet) at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute).





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


  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.


  • Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online.


  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.


  • Downloading material 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.



  • 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.



  • Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication 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.


  • Usernames will be used to avoid disclosure of identity.


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







  • Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web in accordance with clear policies and approval processes regarding the content that can be loaded to the school’s website.



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


  • Digital photographs, audio or video clips of individual students will not be published on the school website.  Instead photographs, audio and video clips will focus on group activities.  Video clips may be password protected.




The school will provide information on the following legislation relating to use of the Internet which teachers, and parents of students in Scoil Naomh Brid 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





The school will inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet.




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.


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