The Radclyffe School E-safety and ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Student ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people, both within schools and outside school. These technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
This Acceptable Use Policy is intended to ensure:
•that young people will be responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other digital technologies for educational, personal and recreational use.
•that school systems and users are protected from accidental or deliberate misuse that could put the security of the systems and users at risk.
The school will try to ensure that students will have good access to digital technologies to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect the students to agree to be responsible users.
Acceptable Use Policy Agreement
I understand that I must use school ICT systems in a responsible way, to ensure that there is no risk to my safety or to the safety and security of the ICT systems and other users.
For my own personal safety:
•I understand that the school will monitor my use of the systems, devices and digital communications.
•I will keep my username and password safe and secure – I will not share it, nor will I try to use any other person’s username and password. I understand that I should not write down or store a password where it is possible that someone may steal it.
•I will be aware of “stranger danger”, when I am communicating on-line.
•I will not disclose or share personal information about myself or others when on-line (this could include names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, age, gender, educational details, financial details etc. )
•If I arrange to meet people off-line that I have communicated with on-line, I will do so in a public place and take an adult with me.
•I will immediately report any unpleasant or inappropriate material or messages or anything that makes me feel uncomfortable when I see it on-line.
I understand that everyone has equal rights to use technology as a resource and:
•I understand that the school systems and devices are primarily intended for educational use and that I will not use them for personal or recreational use unless I have permission.
•I will not try (unless I have permission) to make large downloads or uploads that might take up internet capacity and prevent other users from being able to carry out their work.
•I will not use the school systems or devices for on-line gaming, on-line gambling, internet shopping, file sharing, or video broadcasting (e.g. YouTube) or any other non-educational purpose, unless I have permission of a member of staff to do so.
I will act as I expect others to act toward me:
•I will respect others’ work and property and will not access, copy, remove or otherwise alter any other user’s files, without the owner’s knowledge and permission.
•I will be polite and responsible when I communicate with others, I will not use strong, aggressive or inappropriate language and I appreciate that others may have different opinions.
•I will not take or distribute images of anyone without their permission.
I recognise that the school has a responsibility to maintain the security and integrity of the technology it offers me and to ensure the smooth running of the school:
•I will only use my own personal devices (USB devices etc.) in school if I have permission. I understand that, if I do use my own devices in the school, I will follow the rules set out in this agreement, in the same way as if I was using school equipment.
•I understand the risks and will not try to upload, download or access any materials which are illegal or inappropriate or may cause harm or distress to others, nor will I try to use any programmes or software that might allow me to bypass the filtering / security systems in place to prevent access to such materials.
•I will immediately report any damage or faults involving equipment or software, however this may have happened.
•I will not open any hyperlinks in emails or any attachments to emails, unless I know and trust the person / organisation who sent the email, or if I have any concerns about the validity of the email (due to the risk of the attachment containing viruses or other harmful programs)
•I will not install or attempt to install or store programs of any type on any school device, nor will I try to alter computer settings.
•I will not attempt to use social media sites.
When using the internet for research or recreation, I recognise that:
•I should ensure that I have permission to use the original work of others in my own work
•Where work is protected by copyright, I will not try to download copies (including music and videos.
•When I am using the internet to find information, I should take care to check that the information that I access is accurate, as I understand that the work of others may not be truthful and may be a deliberate attempt to mislead me.
I understand that I am responsible for my actions, both in and out of school:
•I understand that the school also has the right to take action against me if I am involved in incidents of inappropriate behaviour, that are covered in this agreement, when I am out of school and where they involve my membership of the school community (examples would be cyber-bullying, use of images or personal information).
•I understand that if I fail to comply with this Acceptable Use Policy Agreement, I will be subject to disciplinary action. This may include loss of access to the school network / internet, detentions, exclusions, contact with parents and in the event of illegal activities involvement of the police.
Responsible Internet Use
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of ICT skills, The Radclyffe School is providing supervised access to the Internet. We believe that the effective use of the World Wide Web and e-mail is worthwhile and is an essential skill for children as they grow up in the modern world. Please would you read the below Rules for Responsible Internet Use and sign and return the consent form so that your child may use the Internet at school. If you wish to see a copy of the school’s ‘Student ICT Acceptable Use Policy’ this is available on the school website.
Although there are concerns about students potentially having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to reduce this risk in school. Our school operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure that suitable restrictions are placed on the ability of children to access inappropriate materials, the school cannot be held responsible for the nature or content of materials accessed through the Internet. The school will not be liable for any damages arising from your child’s use of the Internet facilities.
Rules for Responsible Internet Use
The computer system is owned by the school. This Responsible Internet Use statement helps to protect students, staff and the school by clearly stating what use of the computer resources is acceptable and what is not.
•Irresponsible use may result in the loss of Internet access.
•Network access must be made via the user’s authorised account and password, which must not be given to any other person.
•School computer and Internet use must be appropriate to the student’s education or to staff professional activity.
•Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected.
•E-mail should be written carefully and politely, particularly as messages may be forwarded or printed and be seen by unexpected readers.
•Users are responsible for e-mail they send and for contacts made.
•Anonymous messages and chain letters are not permitted.
•The use of unauthorised chat rooms is not allowed.
•The school ICT systems may not be used for private purposes, unless the headteacher has given permission for that use.
•Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is not permitted.
•ICT system security must be respected; it is a criminal offence to use a computer for a purpose not permitted by the system owner.
The school may exercise its right to monitor the use of the school’s computer systems, including access to web-sites, the interception of e-mail and the deletion of inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorised use of the school’s computer system is or may be taking place, or the system is or may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing unauthorised or unlawful text, imagery or sound.