My Primary School, Anytown
Acceptable Use Policy for ICT Equipment
The following is an extract from the school’s ICT policy relating to the use of all ICT equipment in school. Please read it carefully as breaches of this policy will be regarded as a serious matter.
Acceptable Use Statement
The computer system is owned by the school. “The computer system” means all computers and associated equipment belonging to the school, whether part of the school’s integrated network or stand-alone, or taken offsite.
Professional use of the computer system is characterised by activities that provide children with appropriate learning experiences; or allow adults to enhance their own professional development. The school recognises that technologies such as the Internet and Web 2.0 will have a profound effect on children’s education and staff professional development in the coming years and the school’s Internet Access Policy has been drawn up accordingly.
The installation of software or hardware unauthorised by the school, whether legitimately licensed or not is expressly forbidden including on teacher’s laptops.
The school reserves the right to examine or delete any files that may be held on its computer systems or to monitor any Internet sites visited.
All members of staff, students on placement, supply teachers etc must sign a copy of this policy statement before a system login password is granted. All children must be made aware through class discussion of all the important issues relating to acceptable use, especially the monitoring of Internet use.
Internet Access Policy Statement
All Internet activity should be appropriate to staff professional activities or the children’s education;
- Access is limited to the use of authorised accounts and passwords, which should not be made available to any other person;
- The Internet may be accessed by staff and children throughout their hours in school;
- Activity that threatens the integrity of the school’s computer systems, or that attacks or corrupts other systems, is prohibited;
- Users are responsible for all e-mail sent and for contacts made that may result in e-mail being received. Due regard should be paid to the content. The same professional levels of language should be applied as for letters and other media;
- Use of the school’s Internet for personal financial gain (including the use of online auction sites), gambling, political purposes or advertising is excluded;
- Copyright of materials must be respected. When using downloaded materials, including free materials, the Intellectual Property rights of the originator must be respected and credited. All material saved on the school’s network is the property of the school and making unauthorised copies of materials contained thereon maybe in breach of the Data Protection Act, Individual Copyright or Intellectual Property Rights;
- Use of materials stored on the school’s network for personal financial gain is excluded;
- Posting anonymous messages and forwarding chain letters is excluded;
- The use of the Internet, e-mail, or any other media to access inappropriate materials such as pornography, racist or any other offensive material is forbidden;
- All web activity is monitored, including the content of e-mail, therefore it is the responsibility of the user to ensure that they have logged off the system when they have completed their task;
- Children must not be given unsupervised access to the Internet in school. For the purposes of this policy, “supervised” means that the user is under the direct responsibility of an adult;
- Children maybe given passwords to access systems such as the school’s blogsite while out of school and are actively encouraged to do so. While using such systems off-site or out of school hours the same rules regarding acceptable use apply;
- The teaching of Internet safety is included in the school’s ICT Scheme of Work, but all teachers within all year groups should be including Internet safety issues as part of their discussions on the responsible use of the school’s computer systems;
- All children must understand that if they see an unacceptable image on a computer screen, they must turn the screen off and report immediately to a member of staff.
Internet and System Monitoring
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Through our broadband provider, all Internet activity is monitored by the system. It is the responsibility of the ICT co-ordinator to review this activity periodically. It is the duty of the ICT co-ordinator to report any transgressions of the school’s Internet policy and/or use of obscene, racist or threatening language detected by the system to the headteacher. It is for the headteacher to decide upon the appropriate course of action or sanction.
All serious transgressions of the school’s Internet Access Policy are recorded in the school’s ICT violations register. The violations register is held by the headteacher.
Transgressions of Internet Policy and use of inappropriate language can be dealt with in a range of ways, including removal of Internet access rights; computer system access rights; meetings with parents or even exclusion; in accordance with the severity of the offence and the school’s Behaviour Policy.
Breaches of Internet Access Policy by staff will be reported to the Headteacher and will be dealt with according to the school’s and LEA’s disciplinary policy, or through prosecution by law.
Internet Publishing Statement
The school wishes the school’s website and blogs to reflect the diversity of activities, individuals and education that can be found at MyPrimary School. However, the school recognises the potential for abuse that material published on the Internet may attract, no matter how small this risk may be. Therefore, when considering material for publication on the Internet, the following principles should be borne in mind:
- No video recording or image may be published without the written consent of the parents/legal guardian of the child concerned (given on admission of child to the school). It is considered good practice to ask children for verbal consent before publishing any video or image, but this does not override refusal of consent by parents or legal guardian;
- Surnames of children must not be published;
- No link should be made between an individual and any home address (including simply street names);
- Where the person publishing material suspects that there may be child protection issues at stake then serious consideration must be taken as to whether that material may be published or not. In the case of a simple piece of artwork or writing, this may well be fine, but images of that child should not be published. If in any doubt at all, refer to the person responsible for child protection.
Use of Portable Equipment
The school provides portable ICT equipment such as laptop computers, tablet devices, colour printers and digital cameras to enhance the children’s education and to allow staff to make efficient use of such equipment to enhance their own professional activities.
Exactly the same principles of acceptable use apply as in the Acceptable Use Statement above.
- Equipment may be in the care of a specific individual, but it is expected that all staff may wish to benefit from the use of a laptop computer or other mobile device and access should be negotiated with the individual concerned. Any difficulties should be referred to the ICT co-ordinator;
- Certain equipment will remain in the care of the ICT co-ordinator, and may be booked out for use according to staff requirements. Once equipment has been used, it should be returned to the resource area;
- Equipment such as laptop computers is encouraged to be taken offsite for use by staff in accordance with the Acceptable Use Statement and Internet Access Policy and that the equipment is fully insured from the moment it leaves the school premises. Note: our school insurance policy provides cover for equipment taken offsite, provided it is looked after with due care, i.e. not left in view on a car seat etc; (CHECK for your school)
- Any costs generated by the user at home, such as phone bills, internet connection, printer cartridges etc. are the responsibility of the user;
- Where a member of staff is likely to be away from school through illness, professional development (such as secondment etc.) or maternity leave, arrangements must be made for any portable equipment in their care to be returned to school. In the event of illness, it is up to the school to collect the equipment if the individual is unable to return it;
- If an individual leaves the employment of the school, any equipment must be returned;
- Care should be taken over the use of USB pens, re-writeable CDs etc to transfer data from external computer systems. Where information has been downloaded from the internet, or copied from another computer, wherever possible, it should be emailed to school to ensure that it undergoes anti-virus scanning. Any such data copied from the school system is likely to be covered by the data protection act and due reference to the school’s Data Protection Policy should be made (see below);
- Staff may install software on laptops to connect to the Internet from home. If in doubt seek advice;
- No other software, whether licensed or not, may be installed on laptops in the care of teachers as the school does not own or control the licences for such software;
- Where data of a personal nature such as school reports, IEPs, correspondence, photographs and assessment data is taken home on a school laptop or other storage device, it must be recognised that this data comes under the Data Protection Act and care must be taken to ensure its integrity and security. It must not be transferred to home computers and should be removed from the device as soon as is practical. Where staff are using their own digital equipment such as cameras and mobile phones, extreme caution is advised to avoid misinterpretation by others. Files should be transferred to school equipment as soon as possible;
- All staff are encouraged to make use of the school’s anti-virus software for installation on any computers at home that they routinely use for school work (check your school’s anti virus licence to see if teachers are allowed to copy the software).
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