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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

January 2016

Educationalists believe in the benefits of curriculum-based internet use. The purpose of the Internet Acceptable Usage Policy is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s internet resources, and will be protected from harmful and illegal use of the Internet.

Bunscoil Bhríde will employ a number of strategies to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:

  1. Acceptable Usage Policy
  2. Education
  3. Filtering/Monitoring

Pupil Access to the Internet

The school is pleased to offer the internet as an available resource to both pupils and teachers for reference purposes, researching project materials, playing interactive educational games, learning to touch-type and for lesson reinforcement. Access to on-line resources will enable pupils to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards throughout the world.

Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation for living and working in this information age. The school will integrate such information as appropriate within the curriculum, and staff will provide guidance and instruction to pupils in the appropriate use of such resources, as outlined in this policy.

Pupils will not be given access to the Internet without teacher supervision.

  1. Internet will be used for educational purposes only
  2. Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher
  3. Pupils will seek permission before entering any Internet site, unless previously approved by a teacher
  4. Filtering software attached to the Schools’ Broadband programme will be used to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material
  5. The school will regularly monitor pupils’ internet usage
  6. Pupils will receive training in the area of internet safety
  7. Pupils will be taught to evaluate the content of internet sites
  8. Teachers will be made aware of internet safety issues
  9. Uploading and downloading of non-approved material is banned
  10. Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis
  11. The use of external storage devices or CD-ROMS in school requires a teacher’s permission
  12. Pupils will observe good “netiquette” (etiquette on the internet) at all times and will not undertake any action that may bring the school into disrepute


If pupils are allowed to use email, the following rules will apply:

  1. Email will be used for educational purposes only
  2. Students will only use approved class email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher
  3. Pupils will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person
  4. Pupils will not send text messages to or from school email
  5. Pupils will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details e.g. addresses, telephone numbers, or pictures via school email
  6. Pupils will never arrange to meet someone via school email
  7. Sending or receiving email attachments is subject to teacher permission.

Internet Chat

Students are not permitted to use internet chat rooms.

School Website –

Pupils may create projects, artwork, writing or audio-visual recordings which would be suitable for publication on our school’s website. Marie Costello will manage the publication of material on the school website adhering to the stipulations below.

  1. Personal pupil information, home addresses and contact details will not be published on the school website
  2. Class lists will not be published
  3. Pupils’ full names will not be published beside their photograph
  4. Digital photographs, video clips and audio clips will focus on groups and group activities rather than on individual pupils when possible
  5. Pupils will be given an opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the school website
  6. Teachers will select work to be published and decide on the appropriateness of such work.

Education and Internet Awareness

Bunscoil Bhríde will undertake an education programme to educate children on the safe, responsible use of the Internet. Cyber-bullying has become a significant threat for teenagers. Through education and awareness we aim to limit our children’s susceptibility to it as they progress to secondary school. 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 the website


The school will use the Internet provided and filtered by the NCTE (National Centre for Technology). ‘Filtering’ is a term used to describe a way of limiting the content of web pages, emails, chat rooms and other electronic data to which users may be exposed. No filter is 100% accurate. The most effective filtering tool is adult vigilance. At Bunscoil Bhríde, we believe that the advantages to pupils having access to information resources and increased opportunities for collaboration, far exceed the risk of disadvantages.

The access to websites from all school computers is monitored and regularly reviewed by the NCTE. Websites are only allowed through following a verification of their suitability.

Laptops and iPads

Each laptop and iPad has a number and the children of each class will be designated a specific laptop and iPad.

Use of laptops and iPads that travel between home and school are subject to all stipulations, procedures and sanctions outlined in this policy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Parents of children who have been sanctioned laptops or iPads are instructed to be vigilant in monitoring their use in the home, as per procedures for school. Parents of all children are advised to keep laptops/iPads in a common area (i.e. kitchen or living room) with the screen visible to others while a child may be on the internet. The use of laptops/iPads by children in their bedrooms is not recommended.

Parents of children who have been sanctioned laptops/iPads are wholly responsible for repairing any damage that is caused to the laptop/iPad while it is at home.


If a pupil deliberately misuses the internet or email, is found running searches on inappropriate topics or attempting to access inappropriate/unsuitable websites, this will result in disciplinary action, including the withdrawal of access privileges. Parents/guardians will receive notification of misuse by a pupil. Further misuse will result in longer withdrawal of access privileges, as seen fit by the school staff.


This policy will be reviewed every two years in consultation with the staff and Parents’ Association.

I, the undersigned, on behalf of the Board of Management, endorse and take ultimate responsibility for the implementation of this policy statement.

Signed: _______________________


Date: ___________

Responsible Internet Use

Pupil Undertaking

We use the School computers and Internet connection for learning.

These rules will help us to be fair to others and keep everyone safe.

  • I will ask permission before entering any website, unless my teacher has already approved that site
  • I will not bring external storage devices such as pen drives (or memory sticks/USB keys etc.) into school without permission
  • I will not use email for personal reasons
  • I will only use email for school projects and with my teacher’s permission
  • The messages I send will be polite and sensible
  • When sending e-mail, I will not give my home address or phone number or arrange to meet anyone
  • I will ask for permission before opening an e-mail or an e-mail attachment
  • I will not use internet chat rooms
  • If I see anything I am unhappy with or if I receive a message I do not like, I will tell a teacher immediately
  • I know that the school may check my computer files and may monitor the sites I visit
  • I understand that if I deliberately break these rules, I could be stopped from using the Internet and computers and my parents will be informed.

Signed: __________________________________________________________Pupil(s)

Signed: _________________________ Parent/Guardian

Date: _______________

Internet Permission Form

Name of Pupil(s): _____________________________________________

Class(es): _____________________________________

As the parent or legal guardian of the above child, I have read the Internet Acceptable

Use Policy and grant permission for __________________________________________________________

(daughter’s name) to access the Internet. I understand that school internet usage is for educational purposes only and that every reasonable precaution will be taken by the school to provide for online safety.

I accept my own responsibility for the education of my child(ren) on issues of Internet Responsibility and Safety.

I understand that having adhered to all the enclosed precautions the school cannot be held responsible if my child tries to access unsuitable material.

Signature: 1. _________________________ 2. __________________________

Parents/Legal Guardians

Date: ___________________

School Website

I understand that, if the school considers it appropriate, my child’s schoolwork may be chosen for inclusion on the school’s website. I understand and accept the terms of the Acceptable Usage Policy in relation to publishing pupils’ work and photographs of school activities on the website.

Signature: 1. _________________________ 2. __________________________

Parents/Legal Guardians

Date: ___________________

Assistive Technology

I understand that it is my/our responsibility to repair any damage that may occur to the laptop/iPad my/our daughter has been sanctioned while it is at home. I also understand and accept the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy in relation to the monitoring of my/our daughter’s usage of the laptop/iPad while at home

Signature: 1. _________________________ 2. __________________________

Parents/Legal Guardians

Date: ___________________