Acceptable Use of the Internet and Digital Technologies Policy
This policy is based on and complies with the DENI circular 2007/1 on Acceptable Use of the Internet and Digital Technologies in Schools.
In Drumsallen PS we believe that the Internet and other digital technologies are very powerful resources which can enhance and potentially transform teaching and learning when used effectively and appropriately. The Internet is an essential element of 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. This school provides pupils with opportunities to use the excellent resources on the Internet, along with developing the skills necessary to access, analyse and evaluate them.
The above circular states that:
“Used well, digital technologies are powerful, worthwhile educational tools; technical safeguards can partly protect users, but education in safe, effective practices is a key goal for schools.”
Code Of Safe Practice
When using the Internet, email and digital technologies, all users must comply with all relevant legislation on copyright, property theft, libel, fraud, discrimination and obscenity. The Code of Safe Practice for Drumsallen PS makes explicit to all users what is safe and acceptable and what is not.
(A full copy of the Code of Safe Practice for Drumsallen PS is available in school on request)
Internet Safety Awareness
It is essential to educate all users in the safe and effective use of the Internet and other forms of digital communication.
Rules for the Acceptable use of the Internet are discussed with all pupils regularly and are prominently displayed in classrooms.
The Internet Safety Policy and Code of Practice for pupils is sent home for parental signature. Internet safety leaflets for parents and carers also are sent home on a regular basis.
Digital and Video Images of Pupils
Parental permission is sought to cover the use of photographs of pupils in the local press, SELB website, school videos and for displays within the school.
Storage of Images:
Digital and video images of pupils are, where possible, taken with school equipment. Images should only be stored and accessed through the school network.
Chatrooms, blogs and other social networking sites are blocked by the C2K filters so pupils do not have access to them in the school environment.
The use of mobile phones at Drumsallen Primary School follows the guidance and direction given by Education Support for N. Ireland which takes recommendations from all five education boards.
A full copy of our e-safety policy is available from school on request.