Acceptable Use Policy – The Oval Primary School
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.
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: _______________________