Internet Usage Policy

1. School’s Strategy

Meánscoil Iognáid Rís will employ a number of strategies in order to maximize learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:

2. General

  • Users should be advised that they use the school’s cable and wireless network at their own risk.
  • By logging onto the school network, using cable or Wi-Fi, users have agreed to the terms and conditions of the school’s IUP.
  • Use of the Internet via mobile devices (e.g. laptops, netbooks, iPads, Smartphones, etc.) is bound by the Internet Use Policy.
  • The school reserves the right to limit the amount of bandwidth in use by any user of the wireless network, particularly if there are multiple users of Wi-Fi at the same time. The school also reserves the right to end wireless sessions of anyone in violation of this policy or the Internet Use Policy.
  • Students should have IUP form in their School Diary signed at beginning of the school year.
  • Internet sessions will be supervised.
  • Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimize the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • The school may monitor Internet usage.
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis. However this does not guarantee complete protection against viruses.
  • Use of external storage devices requires a teacher’s permission.
  • Users will observe good “netiquette” (i.e. etiquette on Internet) at all times and will not undertake any action that may bring the school into disrepute.
  • Students must not attempt to access other students folders or jeopardize the performance of school equipment.
  • Nobody must install or download any software (including freeware & shareware) without appropriate permission.

3. World Wide Web

  • Users will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable material.
  • Users will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Users will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning. Users will never disclose or publicise personal information, including passwords.
  • Users 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.

 4. E-mail

  • Users will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, and defamatory or that is intended at annoy or intimidate another person.
  • Users will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or phone numbers or pictures.
  • Users will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through e-mails or the Internet.
  • Users will note that sending and receiving e-mail attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
  • Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.

5. School Website

It is expected that users of the schools Moodle platform will do so in a responsible and legal way. The publication of pupils’ work will be coordinated by a teacher and will only appear in an educational context.
Digital photographs, audio or video clips, wikis, podcast of individual pupils may be published on school web site in a responsible way. Digital photographs, audio or video clips will focus on group activities.
Personal pupil information, including home addresses and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.

6. Legislation

If necessary, the school will provide information on the following legislation relating to the use of the Internet, which teachers, pupils and parents should familiarize themselves with:

  • Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
  • Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
  • Video Recording Act 1989
  • Criminal Damages Act 1991.

7. 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 school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.

8. Adoption

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 31st January 2012 and will be reviewed annually.