ICT Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Internet/Computer Use for Students
last updated 5/9/2011

ICT RULES FOR USING THE COMPUTERS

I agree that I will not use school computers to access:

  • Pornography in any form
  • Material relating to weapons, terrorism or racism
  • Non-educational Games/video/music websites
  • Banned social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Bebo)
  • Instant messenger / chat websites
  • Proxy sites, unblocker sites or IP addresses to gain access to banned websites

All Internet and Email activity is regularly monitored and screenshots of offences are stored by the Securis software.

Offences may result in:

  • Internet access being removed for a minimum of one month
  • User account being suspended
  • Parents being called in
  • Copies of unsuitable material sent home to parents
  • Suspension from school
  • Police action, including the confiscation of home computers and phones.

Staff or students finding unsuitable websites through the school network should report the web address to the Network Manager (Mr. Stevens) as soon as reasonably possible. You will not get in trouble for accidentally accessing something as long as you report it.

Excessive printing will be charged for.

Activity that threatens the integrity of the school ICT systems or activity that attacks or corrupts other systems is forbidden.

If you feel you have found a security problem, you must notify a member of staff. Do not demonstrate the problem to other students.

Accessing, deleting, renaming or defacing other users files or folders will result in a computer ban.

Posting anonymous messages and forwarding chain letters is forbidden

Copyright of materials must be respected at all times.

The virtual learning environment (VLE) must be used to support learning. Any misuse could result in this provision being removed from any user.

Do not spend excessive amounts of time using the internet or email for non-school / work related reasons.

Do not use your user areas to store personal music, videos or photos. Unapproved system utilities and executable files will not be allowed in students’ work areas or attached to e-mail. Where found these will be deleted.

Attempts to logon as a member of staff or a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges.

Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet.

ICT RULES FOR USING EMAIL

Users are responsible for all e-mail sent and for contacts made that may result in e-mails being received.

Be polite. Never send or encourage others to send abusive messages. Defamatory comments could result in legal action. E-mail has been used successfully as evidence in libel cases.

Do not use language that could be calculated to incite hatred against any ethnic, religious or other minority group.

Do not view, send or store any offensive or illegal material. This includes any jokes or content that contains racist terminology, violence, pornography or any material that might constitute harassment.

ICT RULES FOR THE CLASSROOM

Please note that all ICT rooms have CCTV cameras and can be checked for misuse.

Damaging any ICT equipment will result in a computer ban and a repair bill being issued to parents.

Do not eat or drink near the ICT equipment.

No headphones, mp3 players, mobile phones are allowed in class.

Do not attempt to unplug any ICT equipment without permission from your teacher.

CYBER BULLYING

Cyber bullying will not be tolerated by Coseley School. Pupils found to be guilty of cyber bullying will lose user rights, and will be treated the same whether this has occurred in school or at home. This encompasses school computers, home equipment, mobile phones, game consoles and social networking sites.

Posting of unauthorised video or photos of staff or students to websites without express permission will be dealt with severely and may involve police action.

Accessing , creating, transmitting, displaying or publishing any material (e.g. images, video, sounds or other data) that is likely to cause offence, inconvenience or needless anxiety will result in a computer ban.

Sharing of digital recordings by any device for intimidating behaviour or an attempt to bring the school into disrepute will result in a computer ban and may involve police action.

FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY

Do not give out any personal information (e.g. home address, telephone number, location of after school events) and DO NOT ARRANGE TO MEET ANYONE YOU DON’T KNOW IN PERSON.

ACCOUNT SHARING is strictly forbidden. Access to computers should only be made via the authorised account and password, which should not be made available to any other person. It is extremely dangerous to let others use your user account, especially when the other person has been banned from computers. THEY HAVE BEEN BANNED FOR A REASON. If you let them access your account, then you will be held responsible for any activity on that account, which may result in police action. Remember – it is YOUR name that will appear on all logs, not theirs.

If you think someone has learned your password change it immediately and contact the Network Managers (Mr Stevens & Mrs Adeeko).

Ensure that your password is secure and not easy to guess (e.g not your name, favourite football team or date of birth).

Users finding PCs already logged on should log off the PC whether they intend to use it or not.

Always log yourself off after your session has finished.

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