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    Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    I was told by management that the AUP I typed up contained too much technical language, so before I run the new version by her again, I thought i'd ask here to see if anyone spots anything I can explain in an easier fashion.

    Let me know what you think. This is going out to all staff and parents.

    Thanks

    Acceptable Use Policy – The Oval Primary School

    Purpose:

    To ensure that pupils and staff can use the internet safely and responsibly as an integral part of lessons in all subjects of the curriculum.

    Rationale:

    The internet has become an important aspect of everyday life to which children need to be able to respond safely and responsibly. The internet offers a valuable resource for teachers and children and ways to communicate with others world wide. At the same time there are risks, due to the unregulated nature of the internet, that children may gain access to material that is inappropriate. This policy sets out the measures to be taken that minimise these risks.

    Precautions taken by the school:

    The school, like most educational establishments, have a filter which sits between the school computer network and the internet in general. This filter is designed to block access to material which may be considered pornographic, racist, sexist, offensive to minorities or anything else which could be considered objectional in a primary school environment. All websites accessed by staff and pupils are logged and these logs are checked regularly. The school have also implemented a network virus scanner which will aid in detection and removal of viruses on the school computer network.

    Precautions to be taken by staff and pupils:

    To further minimise the risk of inappropriate material being accessed, the school requests that everyone who uses the internet on the computer network follow the rules below:

    1.All parents and carers must inform the school immediately if they do not wish the child / children in their care to have access to the internet at school. This means that parents and carers accept some responsibility for the way in which their children use the internet and that in spite of all reasonable precautions and supervision there remains a small risk of children viewing inappropriate material.
    2.Pupils and staff must never knowingly seek to view or download material over the internet that is illegal, pornographic, racist, sexist, offensive to minorities or anything else which could be considered objectional in a primary school environment.
    3.Use of the internet in school will be supervised by a member of staff at all times.
    4.To help prevent viruses, users should not open any e-mail attachments which were either unexpected and / or from someone they do not know. Users should also not independently install any software, including screensavers, onto their computers. If a user accidently opens a message or attachment that contains a virus, they should shut down their computer and contact technical support as soon as possible.
    5.Users must not use school computer equipment to break any law including copyright law. Downloading copyrighted music and films off the internet is often illegal and can be severely punished by law. If in doubt, please check with the school.
    6.E-mail is an effective way of communication but this can only remain the case if passwords are kept secure. To maintain security it is good practice for users to change their passwords regularly. Users should also not leave themselves logged into their own internet accounts e.g. E-mail or internet banking when they are not at their computer.
    7.Sanctions will be in place for children and staff who contravene the provision of this policy. These will be enforced in the event of any of the above policies being broken.
    8.All pupils and staff must be taught about and agree to the acceptable use policy of the internet in school.


    If you agree to this policy, please print and sign your name below:


    Print name: _______________________


    Signature: _______________________

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Seems a little polite IMHO.... I replace phrases like "are requested not to" and "should not" with "MUST NOT" and use some bold characters along the way.

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Ask them to hoghlight the technical terms they don't like for you.

    Looks ok but I agree with Ric on the should/must issue.

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Okay, all the "should not"s have been replaced with "must not"s.

    Thanks for your advice

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    You forgot ' So There ' at the end..... :-)

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Something that you should inform the staff of is that an AUP is a legal document and should include careful wording. I have seen some AUP's at schools which are nothing more than a brief set of rules - and these are applied to staff and pupils. If they were to use it is a disciplinary action against a member of staff then they would be in serious trouble.

    So I would advise the SMT that you need to be very careful with the wording... Especially for staff.

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    We have 2 documents ... an AUP (long and nearly in legalese that you see in ToS from ISPs) and an AUP Agreement Statement which breaks it down into sinple language and shortens it all. The AUP is on the back of the AUP Agreement Statement so that we can cover all angles ...

    I will eventually get around to putting them on the wiki.

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    That is a good idea. Does it include, as part of the Agreement Statement, that signing it means you agree to the full AUP and not just the simple statement?

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Oh yes ... and you don't even have to sign it ... it is in the school policies which means that it is regarded as part of the way the school operates.

    The same way that few people actually know that the definition of theft is the dishonest appropriateion of property belonging to another, whith the intention of permanently depriving the other of it (thief and steal will be construed accordingly), but we know it is against the law to take something that does not belong to you ... so many school policies exist and not bothering to read them is no defence.

    But you would have to be an evil genius to put it in as a school policy without at least a stripped down version (the AUP Statement Agreement) in front of people.

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Number 3 seems unrealistic to me

    regards

    Simon

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi
    Number 3 seems unrealistic to me

    regards

    Simon
    Fair point. Ideally it SHOULD be supervised at all times, and in most cases, it is. The pupils only access the internet either during class when there is obviously a teacher present or during a lunch time club, which the deputy head supervises (there is also an after school club which is also supervised).

    I have only ever seen the pupils access the internet without a supervisor once, and that should never have happened - it was during lunch time and they should not have been where they were.

    @Grumbledook

    The signature was just something management wanted

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    I knew I had put them on here somewhere ... it just didn't like the fact that it was zipped up.

    Here as the AUP and AUP Agreement ... in a nice long thread about AUPs.

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    This is the one i helped draft and it has worked a treat. Staff members also have their own AUP which has been written into their contracts with the backing of the unions.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    Oh yes ... and you don't even have to sign it ... it is in the school policies which means that it is regarded as part of the way the school operates.
    Not sure if thats water tight, take a look at:
    http://www.out-law.com/page-449
    Very scary/interesting reading. Makes a lot of our AUP unreasonable.

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    Re: Is this AUP too confusing for parents/staff?

    That is the beauty of AUPs in schools. You publish them on your website, you include a simple statement that users can and should sign that tells them they must abide by the *full* policy, you put copies up in the ICT suites ... you inform Governors, staff, parents and students by a number of reasonable means and if they choose not to read it all then they are at fault, not you.

    Also take into account guidance from Becta
    Common concerns of filtering email relate to the privacy and rights of individuals, and schools should be aware of the data protection issues of doing so. If filtering and monitoring is to be used, details of the approach should be included in the schools' acceptable use policy.
    and you have put a big umbrella over your head so that when the smelly stuff starts falling you are well covered.

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