Guidelines for Internet Use

General

  1. Students are responsible for good behaviour on the Internet just as they are in a classroom or a school corridor.  General school rules apply.
  2. The Internet is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.  Remember that access is a privilege not a right and that access requires responsibility.
  3. Individual users of the Internet are responsible for their behaviour and communications over the network.  It is presumed that users will comply with school standards and will honour the agreements they have signed.
  4. Computer storage areas and floppy disks will be treated like school lockers.  Staff may review files and communications to insure that users are using the
    system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on servers or disks would always be private.
  5. During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials.  Outside of school, families bear responsibility for such guidance, as they must also exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other potential offensive media.

Safety Rules for Pupils

1. When using the Internet at School, make sure that you follow your teacher’s instructions.

2. You must have permission from your parent(s)/ guardian(s) before you can use the Internet for your own independent research at school.

3. If you are doing research on the World Wide Web, surf with a friend or another pupil.  Two heads are better than one!

4. Ask “Is it true?” Do not assume that information published on the web or written in emails is true !

5. Keep passwords private.  Do not tell anyone any password or login name you have been given.

6. Only write to ‘net pals’ (email pen pals) approved by the teachers in your school.

7. Be careful what you write.  Check your work before you send anything.  Do not write things that could upset and offend others.  Do not use bad language, or write sexist or racist comments.

8.Do not put yourself in danger.  Do not give personal information about yourself, such as your address, telephone number and private details about yourself in  an email or on a Web site.

9. Do not put others in danger.  Do not ever give personal information about anyone else in an email or on a Web site .

10. Do not respond to bad email messages.  Ignore them but let your teacher know immediately if you are sent anything you do not feel comfortable with.

11. Never arrange to meet anyone as a result of an email correspondence unless your parent/ guardian or an adult you trust goes with you.  Unfortunately, you can never be sure that someone is really who he or she says they are.

12. Be a wise surfer.  Do no go to sites or download any materials that you think could be offensive or pornographic.

13. Always respect the privacy of other users’ files.  Do not enter the file areas of other pupils.

14. Report any incident that breaches the ICT Acceptable Use Policy rules immediately to your teacher.

15. If you break the above rules, the following could happen:

(a)  You could put yourself or others in danger.  So think carefully about what you do.

(b)  You could give yourself and the school a bad name.

(c)  Your teacher may decide that you can only use the Internet if they sit next to you.

(d)  Your teacher(s) may decide to ban you from using the Internet for a time.

(e)  You could have your user account withdrawn.

(f)   A letter could be sent home informing your parents/ guardian of the nature and breach of rules.

If you do not understand any part of this ICT Acceptable Use Policy, you must ask your teacher.