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ICT and Social Media Expected Use Policy

  • Introduction

Scoil Íde recognises that access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gives our students enhanced opportunities to learn, engage, communicate and develop skills that will prepare them for many aspects of life.

To that end, we provide access to ICT for student use. We tweet at @ScoilIde and maintain as our school website. Individual classes also tweet but used locked Twitter accounts. This Expected Use Policy outlines the guidelines and behaviours that our students are expected to follow when using school technologies for school activities of any nature.

1.1 Technologies covered

Scoil Íde may provide students with Internet access, desktop computers, digital imaging equipment, chromebooks, laptops or tablet devices, videoconferencing capabilities, virtual learning environments, online collaboration capabilities, online discussion forums, blogs and more. The policies outlined in this document are intended to cover all online technologies used in the school, not just those specifically mentioned.

1.2 Scoil Íde ICT network

 The Scoil Íde computer network is intended for educational purposes.

  • All activity over the network may be monitored and retained
  • Access to online content via the network is restricted in accordance with our policies and the Department of Education and Skills through its agency, the National Centre for Technology in Education.
  • Students are expected to respect that the web filter is a safety precaution and should not try to circumvent it when browsing the Web. Teachers have full editorial rights over the school website, blog and twitter. Students will not have access to relevant passwords.
  • Students are expected to follow the same rules for good behaviour and respectful conduct online as offline – these rules are found in the Scoil Íde Code of Behaviour.
  • Misuse of school resources may result in disciplinary action.
  • After using school laptops and/or chrome books students must ensure that they are returned to the laptop trolley and assigned their correct space in the trolley.
  • We make a reasonable effort to ensure students’ safety and security online but will not be held accountable for any harm or damages that result from misuse of school technologies.
  • When blogging, recording audio or sending any sort of online communication from a school device, students must not slander, defame or misrepresent the school or the views or activities of another individual.
  • Teachers choose and modify all twitter followers/followees and all are for the intended educational purpose. Retweets are not necessarily the views of Scoil Íde but are discussed and distributed for educational and conversational purposes.
  • There are no full name references to children on Twitter.
  • The staff and teachers of Scoil Íde commit to not using the online platforms or school accounts for the expression of personal views.
  • Students are expected to alert teachers immediately of any concerns for safety or security.

1.3 Photographs


Scoil Íde uses internet media to celebrate the success stories and great achievements of our students. We use photographs/video/other multimedia to complement text content.

We advise the following:

  • Photographs of the children will only be displayed online through our various platforms unless parental permission has been declined.
  • Children will not be named in full – first name will suffice. Should their full name be used at any stage, verbal permission will be sought by parents/guardians.
  • No child shall be photographed and named under that photograph specifically if they are the only student photographed.

1.4 Scoil Íde online collaboration through internet platforms


Scoil Íde recognises that online collaboration is essential to education and may provide students with access to a variety of online tools that allow communication, sharing, and messaging among students. Students are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful and courteous conduct online as offline.

1.5  Mobile devices


Scoil Íde may provide students with mobile computers, digital recorders or other devices to promote learning both inside and outside of the school. Students should abide by the same expected use policies, when using school devices off the school network, as on the school network. Students are expected to treat these devices with respect. They should report any loss, damage, or malfunction to their teacher immediately. Use of school-issued mobile devices will be monitored.

1.6 Mobile devices in the possession of student


Students may not use personally-owned devices in school (e.g. laptops, tablets computers, digital-cameras, and smart-phones etc.) for educational purposes, unless explicitly stated in notes read and signed by parents/guardians and written by their classroom teacher. Appropriate online behaviour and adherence to the expected use policy should always be used.

1.7 Scoil Íde School Security


We ask that our students use common sense if they think a website does not look ‘right’. They must inform their teacher of any concerns. They must think twice before they click on anything they feel is not right. If they believe a computer or mobile device they are using might be infected with a virus, they must alert their teacher.

 1.8 Netiquette


Netiquette may be defined as appropriate social behaviour over computer networks and in particular in the online environment. To this end:

  • Students should always use the Internet, network resources, and online sites in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Students should also recognise that among the valuable content online is unverified, incorrect, or inappropriate content.
  • Students should not post anything online that they wouldn’t want parents, teachers, or future colleges or employers to see.

1.9  Personal Safety


If students see a message, comment, image, or anything else online that makes them concerned for their personal safety, they must bring it to the immediate attention of

  • a teacher if they are at school.
  • a parent / guardian if they are at home.
  • Students should never share personal information about themselves or others, including phone numbers, addresses, PPS numbers and birth-dates over the Internet without adult permission.
  • Students should never agree to meet someone they meet online in real life without parental permission.
  • Students’ images will not be shared online without explicit expressed permission from their parents.
  • Consequently, other students must not take, use or share images of or from other students in school on school online platforms.

 1.10 Cyber-bullying


 Cyber bullying in all its forms is unacceptable behaviour.

  • Our students must not send messages or post comments or photos with the intent of scaring, hurting, or intimidating someone else. Engaging in any online activities intended to harm (physically or emotionally) another person, will result in severe disciplinary action and loss of privileges.
  • In some cases, cyber-bullying is a crime.
  • Remember that your activities are monitored and retained.
  • The school will support students, teachers and parents in dealing with cyberbullying Scoil Íde is committed to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools (Circular 0065/2011) and will act as required by the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Justice and Equality and the Health Service Executive.

1.11 Violations of this Expected Use Policy


Violations of this policy in may have disciplinary repercussions, including:

  • Suspension of computer privileges.
  • Notification to parents in most cases.
  • Detention.
  • Suspension from school and/or school-related activities.
  • Expulsion.

Appendix 1 Examples of Expected Use

I will:

  • Use school equipment for school-related activities only
  • Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behaviour online that I am expected to follow offline.
  • Treat school resources carefully, and alert teachers if there is any problem with their use
  • Encourage positive, constructive discussion if allowed to represent the school online
  • Alert a teacher if I see threatening/bullying, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, postings) online.
  • Use school technologies at appropriate times, in approved places, for learning reasons
  • Recognise that use of school technologies is a privilege and treat it as such.
  • Be cautious to protect the safety of myself and others.
  • Help to protect the security of school resources. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Students should use their own good judgement when using school technologies.

Appendix 2 Examples of Unacceptable Use

I will not:

  • Use school technologies in a way that could be personally or physically harmful to myself or others.
  • Search inappropriate images or content.
  • Engage in cyber-bullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others.
  • Try to find ways to change the school’s safety measures and filtering tools.
  • Use school technologies to send spam or chain mail.
  • Plagiarise content (copy, use as their own, without citing the original creator) I find online.
  • Post personally identifying information, about myself or others or agree to meet someone I meet online in real life.
  • Use language online that would be unacceptable in the classroom.
  • Use school technologies for illegal activities or to pursue information on such activities.
  • Attempt to access sites, servers, accounts, or content that isn’t intended for my use. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Students should use their own good judgement when using school technologies.

SIGNED:          Patrick Meghen                          (CHAIRPERSON)        DATE:  01/04/2019





SIGNED:          Grace Burke                              (PRINCIPAL)              DATE: 01/04/2019




Expected Use Policy Agreement Form

(1st class students and up):

I have read and understood this Expected Use Policy and agree to abide by it:

__________________________________________ (Student Name)

__________________________________________ (Date)

(Junior and Senior Infant students: To be signed by parents on their behalf)

I have read and discussed this Expected Use Policy with my child:

______________________________________      (Parent/Guardian Printed Name)

 _____________________________________       (Parent/Guardian Signature)

______________________________________      (Date)