As part of the school’s education programme, we offer students supervised access to the Internet. This will afford students vast educational opportunites by helping them, for example, to locate material that meets their educational needs, communicate with subject experts and participate in school projects with students in similar circumstances or from different cultures. In addition to educational aspects of the Internet, students will learn valuable skills for participation in the information age, which may be useful in their chosen career.
The Internet is a global computer network which is not controlled by any organization. This means that information may change or disappear and be controversial and harmful. Although the school actively seeks to promote safe use of the Internet, it recognizes the possibility that students may accidentally or deliberately access objectionable material.
Usage of the Internet, therefore, requires responsibility on the part of the user and the school. Students, while on school premises, cannot access the Internet without express permission from a teacher. The culture and ethos of the school is to promote understanding and learning among students and not to demean other students. No technology should be used to demean another human being. These responsibilities are outlined in this School Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), which is available for inspection in the school.
We appreciate that parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using the media and information sources. To that end, the school supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to allow access to the Internet, as defined by the school’s AUP.
We regret that, because it is not possible to be certain of the origin of an e-mail message, the school is unable to accept an e-mail as parental authorization of a pupil absence.
The aim of this AUP is to ensure that pupils will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources, in a safe and effective manner.
Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions, as decided by the school or other relevant authorities, will be imposed. It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will revise the AUP regularly.
Before signing, the AUP should be read carefully to ensure that the conditions of use are accepted and understood. This version of the AUP was created on 25 November, 2004, by the staff, management, parents and students of Coláiste Éanna. It was ratified as official school policy by the Board of Management on 24 January, 2005.
Rules for Pupils:
Coláiste Éanna has installed computers with Internet access to help our learning. These will help keep us safe and help us to be fair to others.
Using the Computers:
Using the Internet: