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Internet Policy As you may be aware the school network has Internet
access and email available for both staff and pupils. This enables pupils to explore information
and communicate with other Internet users throughout the world.
Before being allowed access to these facilities, however, the school asks for a parental permission form to be returned after being signed by both a parent/guardian and the student, indicating that you agree to access for your son/daughter and to him/her complying with the code of conduct stated in this letter. Please go through both the letter and the Pupil Guidelines before you and your child sign the agreement.
Use of Internet Permission Form
Our Internet Service Provider is the county's broadband firewalled community which manages its own filtering. This is more restrictive than the normal Windows security settings. Although students will be supervised whenever accessing the Internet we cannot guarantee that they will not gain access to unsavoury material. If this should happen accidentally, we would ask the student to report the source to staff immediately. We would expect, however, that pupils do not actively seek such material and doing so would be to contravene this agreement and would therefore hold serious consequences.
The school also provides an online space, called a Learning Platform, for each pupil, where school tasks will be available for both class work and homework use. These include forums and the ability to message which are within the closed community of the school.
When sending information from or within the school or the Learning Platform, students should take care to maintain the same codes of politeness and respect as with any written communication of a formal nature, and be careful not to offend, especially when communicating with a variety of different cultures and organisations.
During school, teachers will guide pupils towards appropriate materials and appropriate methods when using the Learning Platform and accessing the Internet. We therefore ask you, as parents, to discuss the contents of this letter and the Pupils' Guidelines with your children and to sign that you support the standards of the school in this matter.
Pupil Rules For Use Of The Internet
- Both the Internet access and the Learning Platform provided by the school is an additional learning resource and all use should be of an educational nature.
- The computer equipment provided by the school should be treated with respect and not tampered with.
- Parents' permission is required for in-school Internet use and it is assumed that both parents and pupils will honour the agreement forms they have signed.
- In order to protect themselves and others students should never reveal their complete name, address or other personal information, including photographs, which might identify them on the Internet.
- When using e-mail, forums, blogs, messaging facilities and web space provided by the school, students are to communicate with respect for others. They are ambassadors for the school and should observe the standards expected within school. They should avoid including material that may cause offence or nuisance to any person and should immediately report any similar material received by them.
- Pupils cannot assume that information found on the Internet is necessarily correct and should check the validity of the information or the site with a member of staff before using in work.
- Pupils should not actively seek unsavoury material on the Internet or via email, and should report any they find to a member of staff immediately.
Failure to comply with these rules are likely to result in the following measures (although more serious offences will be treated with appropriate severity):
First Offence: Letter home and a ban from the Computer Room at lunch times and from Internet use for up to half a term.
Second Offence: Letter home, ban for half a term and internal suspension
Third Offence: Letter home, fixed term exclusion