Guidelines for Internet Use

1. All use of the school’s resources must be for professional and curriculum purposes.

2. Always supervise pupils using the Internet or ensure another appropriate adult properly supervises them.

3. Ensure that all pupils follow the correct procedures. If you wish pupils to make their own searches on the World Wide Web or send emails ensure they have parental/guardian permission first and ensure they understand the school’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy Safety Rules.

4. Under no circumstances should you view, upload or download any material that is likely to be unsuitable for children. This applies to any material of a violent, dangerous or inappropriate sexual content.

5. Check the source of any Web materials before you use them with pupils because they could be inaccurate, biased or out of date. Note the domain name and type or reputation of the organisation.

6. If you find something inappropriate as a result of a search, let the head of ICT know so that it may be filtered.

7. Do not disclose any password or login name to anyone, other than the person responsible for running, and maintaining the system.

8. Do not give out personal details such as addresses, telephone/ fax numbers of any adult working at the school, any pupil at the school, any governor or LEA personnel.

9. Be aware of your audience when you write emails or publish Web pages. The use of strong language, swearing, racist, sexist or aggressive comment is not allowed. Do not state anything that could be interpreted as libellous.

10. Users are responsible for all emails sent and contacts made that may result in email being received. Be aware of netiquette standards. For example: make your subject line as descriptive as possible; keep your messages short; end your message with your name; do not attach large files unless absolutely necessary; do not use capital letters in message (this is considered as shouting); proof read before you send; check your email regularly; delete unwanted emails; always acknowledge that you have received a document that someone has sent you; do not send anonymous messages or forward chain letters or unsolicited mail.

11. All pages you wish to publish on the web must be scrutinised by the appropriate member of staff identified by the Head because the whole world could be watching! (It is always sensible to have a proof-reader/ objective eye look over materials first)

12. If you publish information on the Web, only use names or photographs of pupils if you have written permission from parents.

13. Do not publish or upload any material that is subject to copyright. If you want to use something in your own published materials seek permission from the author first. If in doubt, or you cannot obtain permission, do not use the material.

14. Always respect the privacy of other users’ files. Do not enter the file areas of other staff without their express permission.

15. Report any incident that breaches the Acceptable Use Policy rules immediately to the Headteacher.