ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Acceptable use of Digital and ICT devices
Rooks Heath provides students with access to its computer network and its connectivity. Students are expected to behave responsibly on the school computer network or when using their own digital devices in classrooms and other areas of the School. The School has a duty of care to its students and despite the immense educational potential of ICT and other digital services; there is an unpleasant side to the internet and other technological devices including mobile phones. Students and their Parents / Guardians are asked to read the following guidelines carefully, sign the consent form and return the signed document to the School.
The term ‘Digital devices’ extend to all information and communication technology devices, including School ICT equipment, privately-owned mobile phones, iPods, PDAs, ‘Blackberry- type’ devices, USBs and CD/DVDs and social networking sites (e.g. Bebo, MySpace, FlickR, Facebook, Twitter) etc.
Monitoring of computer activity
The School uses monitoring software that detects any inappropriate use of the School’s digital facilities to be traced to the individual concerned. The software monitors websites visited, any incidences related to cyber bullying, students viewing pornographic images, racist abuse via emails etc. The School has also installed filtering service on the School network and the Internet Content Filtering Tool (ICFT) is regularly updated with the latest definitions. Students may make use of the School network, connectivity and the digital devices to enrich their studies. However, the following guidelines must be followed.
- Students must not use camera /video facilities in mobile phones or other devices to photograph / video record other members of the School community without their consent. They must under no circumstances post image/video files of other members of the School community, whether using the School network or privately owned devices such as PS3s or 3-G mobile phones. Recordings of images using mobile phones particularly any showing personal humiliation, for local viewing or for transmission via the internet is unacceptable and will be regarded as a serious offence.
- Students must not access, upload, download, transmit, display, or distribute obscene, racist, sexist, abusive, unethical, unlawful or sexually explicit material on the School network, privately owned devices, or social networking spaces that could be identified with the School. If, by accident students encounter any such sites they should report it immediately to the class teacher or supervisor who will arrange for them to be added to the School’s blocked list. Under no circumstances are students allowed to access any proxy anonymisers.
- Students must not post anything, including imagery or video/audio files, about any other member of the School community on any internet site that might be construed as defamatory or malicious. This extends to social networking websites, Blogs and Wikis.
- Vision and sound recording of School productions is normally prohibited by the terms by which copyright owners licence the performance of the works at the School; infringement would make the School liable to severe penalties. Notices to this effect will be printed on letters offering tickets and in the programme.
- Acceptable use of the School’s digital facilities includes set classroom tasks, study and research for project work, and exchange of ideas and information between contacts at home and overseas on the basis of friendship and mutual respect. Use of the facilities for buying or selling goods online or for sending offensive messages is unacceptable.
- Students are responsible for email/SMS images/messages they send and for contacts made. Email / SMS images / messages should be written carefully and politely; Students will be given their own email address which should be used for all emailing on the School system. The use of forceful language or swearing is unacceptable. If an email arrives with an attachment students must only open it if the sender is known to them, as some rogue programs send viruses in attachments and the whole system can be infected with a virus.
- Students must never go to a face-to-face meeting with a person they only know by email without first discussing the matter with their parent/guardian or a teacher. If students receive an email containing material of a violent, racist, or sexual nature or which is suggestive or personally intrusive they should report it to a member of staff.
- If you decide to include material obtained from the Internet in your school work you should recognise that people who have contributed that material have ‘ownership’ of it (known as copyright), and to use it without acknowledging its source is a form of theft and it will not be accepted in course-work you claim as your own.
- Students must not pirate software, disable computer systems or networks through the misuse or overuse of electronic distribution or the spreading of computer viruses through the inappropriate use of files, CD/DVDs, USBs, PSPs, iPods, iPhones, games consoles, 3-G mobile phones, Blackberry-type devices or other mass storage devices. The use of computers should enrich teaching and learning in all departments of the School.
- Computer systems are continually vulnerable to attack by viruses and other ‘malware’ and elaborate security procedures are built into the network to prevent such attacks; Students should value the protection these give and never attempt to by-pass or alter the security settings. To reduce the risk of virus infection any files brought into School on removable media must be checked with an up-to-date anti-virus program before they are loaded; the loading of programs on to a school computer is not allowed.
- Students must not damage digital devices or the computer network; hack, vandalise, damage or disable the property of another person or organisation. They must protect digital devices from spillages by not eating or drinking near computer equipment.
- Access to the School’s computer system must be through a student's authorised account only; students must not give out or share their password. Their password protected account allows them to protect their work and prevent interference.
- Students will be issued with sufficient printer credits to make all reasonable hard copies of their school work. However, if students waste paper, ink and printer time in unnecessary printing they may find they have to buy additional printer credits.
Misuse of the digital facilities
These guidelines have been drawn up to enable students to make use of the School’s facilities, their own digital devices and the internet as a safe and rewarding experience. If students misuse the School facilities or their own digital devices such as PS3s, mobile phones, laptops etc that may put safety at risk or interfere with the curriculum or damage the good name of the School, action will then taken by the School in accordance with the Behaviour Policy which may include temporary or permanent exclusion. For serious violations, the School may need to involve Social Services or the Police. In the event of deliberate or reckless damage to computer equipment a charge may be imposed. Students and parents are reminded that by signing the consent form they agree to all of the points mentioned above in the guidelines.