COLERAINE HIGH SCHOOL Policy for the Acceptable Use of the Internet in School Lodge Rd Coleraine BT52 1LZ Tel: 028 7034 3178 Dear Parent/Guardian, The educational value of appropriate information on the Internet is substantial and the use of the Internet in schools is increasing. We would, therefore, like to make parents/guardians and pupils aware of the guidelines set out in school for the acceptable use of the Internet. Access to the Internet remains a privilege and not a right. It is given to pupils who act in a responsible and considerate manner. The use of the Internet will be withdrawn if pupils fail to maintain acceptable standards. Safety Computers connected to the Internet are located in public areas, in full view of the people around them; C2K provide a filtering service on all websites and e-mail. Nonetheless, no filtering service can be completely foolproof and the responsible behaviour of the user remains an important factor in security. The Network Administrator can and does review files and communications at any time to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system responsibly. Acceptable Use Years 8 - 12 use the Internet during class time to develop their skills competence in ICT, research skills and to support their work in different curriculum areas. During class times all use of the Internet is under the direction of the teacher. Pupils may ask permission to use the Internet outside class times (lunchtime or after school) to support their schoolwork. Sixth Form Pupils are encouraged to use the Internet in class time and study time to research school subjects, to investigate careers and Further and Higher Education, develop their competence in ICT skills and their general research skills. E-mail The use of e-mail and computer conferencing is encouraged for communicating: between pupils in different schools and countries; for career purposes; to enhance teaching and learning. communicating essential information related to school business. NB This does not include trivial social communication relating to non-essential school business or any non-school business. You are asked to note that the school cannot accept responsibility for pupils who do not follow the uses and restrictions given above. Internet Users are not permitted to: Search, view and/or retrieve materials that are not related to the aims of the curriculum or future careers. Copy, save and/or redistribute copyright protected material, without approval. Subscribe to any services or order any goods or services, unless specifically approved by the school. Play computer games or use other interactive ‘chat’ sites, unless specifically assigned by the teacher. Intentionally waste resources such as consumables and on-line time i.e. using the network in such a way that use of the network by other users is disrupted (for example: downloading large files during peak usage times; sending mass email messages). Publish, share or distribute any personal information about a user (such as: home or e-mail address etc.). Retrieve, send, copy or display offensive, hurtful or inappropriate messages, pictures or screen-savers; Use obscene or racist language, harass, insult or attack others; Damage computers, computer systems or computer networks; Use another user’s password; trespass in another user’s folders, work or files; Use the network for unapproved commercial purposes. Any activity that violates a school rule. These measures for the safe and responsible use of the Internet are also appropriate for home use where parents/guardians assume responsibility. Pupils who are found to be using the Internet in an unacceptable manner will be disciplined in accordance with school disciplinary procedures. I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of this letter by completing and returning the reply slip.