Index No 5.11 i

Cybersafety

Procedure

  1. The ICT Think Tank team is charged with advising the Principal on the establishment and maintenance of the school’s cybersafety programme. This will include the three components of (a) an infrastructure of appropriate policies, procedures and Use Agreements (b) an effective security system and (c) a comprehensive cybersafety education programme for the school community.
  2. The Principal or a member of the ICT Think Tank will report annually, or as the need arises, to the Board on the implementation of this policy.
  3. On enrolment, all students must read, or in the case of some children, be read to, the Cybersafety Use Agreement. Parents will sign this. From Year 4 onwards the Cybersafety Use Agreement is to be re-signed each year by the student and parent. Non-use students will not be permitted to access the relevant school technologies; their parents/caregivers will be informed of this situation.
  4. All Board employees must sign the Cybersafety Use Agreement. They will be provided with an individual login user name and password, and will be provided with an individual e-mail account. This needs to be kept confidential.
  5. Cybersafety rules and information will be made readily accessible to students and displayed in each area/classroom involving cyber use.
  6. Cybersafety education will be provided, where relevant, through teaching programmes. This will include making decisions about which websites to visit, to limit (or not provide) personal information, and how to make published work ‘private’ (secure).
  7. Processes for reporting any breaches of cybersafety regulations (by any member of the school community) are covered by the school’s policies and procedures on: ‘Concerns and Complaints’ and ‘Protected Disclosures’. Less serious matters (e.g. Unintentional misuse such as pop-up windows and accidently accessing inappropriate sites) should be documented and reported to the Principal.
  8. Original material created by students attracts protection under the Copyright Act 1994.
  9. The school will only publish a student’s image or work with written authorisation from the student’s legal guardians.
  10. The school will identify students on any websites only by their first name and year at school.
  11. The school will not publish, access of pass on material that may defame anyone, be objectionable from a human rights point of view, be obscene, or infringe the copyright of third parties.
  12. Students will be supervised while using the internet.

Important terms used in this document:

  1. The abbreviation ‘ICT’ in this document refers to the term ‘Information and Communication Technologies.
  2. ‘Cybersafety’ refers to the safe and responsible use of the Internet and ICT equipment/devices, including mobile phones
  3. ‘School ICT’ refers to the school’s computer network, Internet access facilities, computers, and other school ICT equipment/devices as outlined in (d) below
  4. The term ‘ICT equipment/devices’ used in this document, includes but is not limited to, computers (such as desktops, laptops, PDAs), storage devices (such as USB and flash memory devices, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, iPods, MP3 players), cameras (such as video, digital, webcams), all types of mobile phones, video and audio players/receivers (such as portable CD and DVD players),Gaming Consoles, and any other, similar, technologies as they come into use.

 

Reviewed October 2010