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St Vincent De Paul Infant School, Marino, Dublin 9

Acceptable Use Policy

St. Vincent de Paul Infant School,  

Griffith Ave,  

Dublin 9.  

Roll No: 16754 R  

Phone/Fax: 8334538  

Principal: Mrs Catherine Kennedy  

 

 

Acceptable Use Policy 

 

The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe and effective manner and will be protected from harmful and illegal use of the Internet.  

 

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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.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 the Board of Management and teachers will revise the AUP regularly. Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to indicate that the content is accepted and understood.  

 

School’s Strategy 

St.  Vincent de Paul Infant School will employ a number of strategies to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet.  

These strategies are as follows: 

 

Internet 

  • Internet will be used for educational purposes only 
  • Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher or an SNA 
  • Filtering software will be used to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material 
  • The school will regularly monitor pupils’ internet usage 
  • Pupils will seek permission before entering any Internet site, unless previously approved by a teacher 
  • Pupils and teachers will receive training in the area of internet safety 
  • Pupils will be taught to evaluate the content of internet sites 
  • As far as possible/practicable, teachers will have visited the site beforehand and will have checked all links to ensure it is age appropriate 
  • While researching items online to show the pupils teachers use the ‘Freeze’ button on the projector’s remote control until sure the content that will be projected onto the screen is appropriate. 
  • Pupils will never disclose or publicise personal information. 
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved material is banned 
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis  
  • Pupils will observe good “netiquette” (etiquette on the internet) at all times and will not undertake any action that may bring a school into disrepute 
  • ‘YouTube’ (and similar sites) can be accessed only under the supervision and direction of the teacher 

 

Internet Chat 

  • Students are not permitted to use internet chat rooms. 

 

School Website 

  • The school website will be an information site for interested parties. It will generally contain enrolment information, school calendar, class news, school notices etc. 
  • Designated teachers will manage the publication of material on the school website. All teachers have access to the news section for the purpose of uploading their class updates. 
  • Pupils will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the school website. 
  • The publication of pupil work will be co-ordinated by a teacher. 
  • Pupils’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages. 
  • Digital photographs, video clips and audio clips will focus on groups and group activities. Individual photos may be posted where appropriate. 
  • Personal pupil information including surnames, home address and contact details will not be published on school web pages. 
  • Class lists will not be published 
  • Pupils’ full names will not be published beside their photograph 
  • Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published. 

 

Email  

  • Pupils will not have access to email facilities at school. Any emails to other children/schools, will be sent through the school email address 

iPads 

  • iPads are only to be used for educational use and as directed by the classroom teacher. 
  • The school reserves the right to decide on the appropriateness of available Apps.  

The 5 Rules which the children will agree to when using iPads: 

  1. We hold the iPad with two clean hands 
  1. We share with others and take turns 
  1. We don’t drink while using the iPads 
  1. We stay on the App the teacher assigned us 
  1. We do not change or delete anyone else’s work. 

 

Sanctions 

  • If a pupil deliberately misuses the internet or email, this will result in disciplinary action, including the withdrawal of access privileges. Parents/guardians will receive written notification of misuse by a pupil. 

 

Filters & Firewalls 

  • Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used where appropriate in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material. 

 

Distance Learning 

  • In circumstances where teaching cannot be conducted on the school premises, teachers may use SeeSaw or other platforms approved by the Principal as platforms (the “Online Platforms”) to assist with remote teaching where necessary.  
  • The school has signed up to the terms of service of the Online Platforms in use by the school.  
  • The School has enabled the most up to date security and privacy features which these Online Platforms provide.  
  • Parents/guardians will be provided with the password and will be expected to monitor their child’s use of the Gmail address and Online Platforms.  
  • If teachers are using Zoom, parents can consent by submitting their own email address for their child to access lessons on Zoom, due the young age of our school pupils. 
  • Parents/guardians must also agree to monitor their child’s participation in any such lessons conducted on the Online Platforms. 

 

 

Education 

St. Vincent de Paul Infant School will undertake an education programme to educate children on the safe, responsible use of the Internet. 

21st century life presents dangers including violence, racism and exploitation from which children and young people need to be protected. At the same time, they need to learn to recognise and avoid these risks – to become internet wise. 

Resources that may be used to implement this programme include 

  • NCTE Internet Safety Awareness Video · Use of the ‘Kids’ section on www.webwise.ie 
  • SAFT Internet Safety Awareness Education Programme and exemplars 
  • Internet Safety lesson stimulants on www.twinkl.com 
  • Stay Safe- First Class Programme- Topic 5 Strangers. This topic briefly addresses Strangers in an online context 

 

Legislation 

The school will make available, information on the following legislation relating to use of the Internet which teachers and parents should familiarise themselves with: 

  • Data Protection Act 1988 (and Amendment Act 2003) 

http://www.dataprotection.ie/ 

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1988/en/act/pub/0025/index.html 

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2003/en/act/pub/0006/index.html 

  • Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1998/en/act/pub/0022/index.html 

  • Interception Act 1993 

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1993/en/act/pub/0010/print.html 

  • Video Recordings Act 1989 

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1989/en/act/pub/0022/index.html 

 

 

Ratified by the Board of Management 

_________________________ 

Stuart Thompson 

Chairperson, Board of Management  

 

 

 

 

Appendix A: Sample Letter 

 

St. Vincent de Paul Infant School, 

Griffith Ave, 

Dublin 9. 

Roll No: 16754 R 

Phone/Fax: 8334538 

Principal: Mrs Catherine Kennedy 

  

Permission to conduct video conferencing calls with your child during the COVID-19 school closures

Dear Parents, 

As we move to virtual learning environments during the COVID-19 school closures your child is being offered occasional video conferencing as a means to communicate with his/her teacher(s). This is completely optional and is aimed to support you and your child, not cause unnecessary stress. We hope to make this a fun communication therefore, calls will take place during school hours, will be arranged for a mutually agreeable time, and you may opt out at any stage.  

As part of our Child Protection Policy we recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance. See section 5.3-h: One-to-one teaching of the Child Protection Policy, available at:  

https://www.stvincentdepaulinfantschool.ie/our-school/policies/child-protection-policy/ 

In the interest of child protection, a parent/guardian is required to remain with the child during the call to ensure we adhere to child protection protocols. The call will always be password protected. Please type your child’s name and your name below to give consent for video conferencing and to agree to supervise your child during the call. Returned the completed for to the teacher. We look forward to seeing you in the virtual space! 

  

Yours sincerely, 

Catherine Kennedy 

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I give consent for my child ________________ to participate in occasional video conferencing with the Learning Support Teacher. I agree to remain with my child during the call. 

  

Parent/Guardian Signature:    _______________________