Acceptable Use Policy






This policy has been formulated by Scoil Naomh Padraig to assist teachers, pupils and parents in making an informed decision in relation to the safe and practical use of technology in education.




An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is a document which addresses all rights, privileges, responsibilities and sanctions associated with the Internet. The school aims to maximise learning opportunities while reducing associated risks and will endeavour to advise students on good practice and safe usage of the Internet.



The aim of our Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils, teachers and parents will benefit from the learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe, responsible and effective manner.
Internet use and access is considered a school resource and privilege. Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to, this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.


School Strategy


The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the internet.

These strategies are as follows:



  • Students will be made aware of issues relating to the Internet safety.
  • Internet sessions will always be supervised by a member of the teaching staff. The member of staff supervising Internet sessions will endeavour to ensure compliance with this policy.
  • Internet access will be designed for student use and will include filtering software appropriate to the age of the students. The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the users access only appropriate material.
  • The school will regularly monitor Internet usage.
  • Students will not have access to passwords.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • Students will be taught what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be permitted.
  • CD ROMs, DVDs and USB drives cannot be used without permission.
  • No electronic storage media may be used without permission.
  • Students will observe good “netiquette” (i.e. etiquette on the Internet) at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.


World Wide Web


  • Students will not be given access to the Internet without teacher supervision.
  • Internet access will be planned to enrich learning activities.
  • Staff will guide students in on-line activities that will support the learning outcomes planned.
  • Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Students will report to a teacher any material of the above nature that they encounter.
  • The school will keep a record of all students who are granted Internet access. The record will be kept up-to-date: for instance, withdrawal of a student’s access.
  • Students must not disclose or publicise personal information.
  • All internet users in Scoil Naomh Padraig should be aware that any usage, including distribution or receiving of information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons. For this reason, only school hardware may be used on the school network.
  • Teachers and students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
    Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Children should inform their teacher if they inadvertently access information that makes them in any way uncomfortable. In the unlikely event that this should happen, the children will be reassured and their parents will be notified. Also, where possible, the offending URL will be noted and the service provider will be informed.
  • School Personnel should use the web for educational and professional purposes only during the school day.
  • School Personnel who are engaged in after school activities should restrict their use of the web to professional and educational purposes only while pupils are present.
  • If a staff member wishes to access the web for personal purposes it should be done outside of pupil-teacher contact time.
  • Special Needs Assistants can use the computer facilities in the school with the permission of, and under the supervision of, the class teacher.
  • Any students on placement from the teacher training Colleges, transition year pupils or students on a work experience placement can only have access to the computer facilities under the supervision of the class teacher. Permission should be sought from the class teacher prior to use.
  • Use of the internet by staff members to access inappropriate material whether it be pornographic, racist or offensive, is strictly prohibited at all times. No person will in any way alter the filtering preferences


Email / Google Drive / Internet Chat

  • Parents/guardians must sign a written agreement prior to their child accessing school email accounts.
  • School email address and drive is to be used for educational purposes only.
  • The email address provided by the school to each student is the property of Scoil Naomh Padraig and all content will be monitored by staff at the school.
  • If a child receives any inappropriate emails, he/she should inform class teacher and a parent/guardian.
  • Students will use approved class email accounts in school under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
  • Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
  • Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers, pictures or passwords.


  • Students will not have access to chat rooms, discussion forums, messaging or other electronic communication forums unless approved by a teacher.



Internet Chat

  • Students will only have access to chat rooms, discussion forums or other electronic communication forums that have been approved by the school.
  • Chat rooms, discussion forums and other electronic communication forums will only be used for educational purposes and will always be supervised.
  • Face to face meeting with someone organised via Internet chat will be forbidden.
  • Visiting social networking sites is only permitted for designated staff charged with administration of school accounts.



Designated staff will manage the publication of material on the school Facebook page.


  • Facebook users who have ‘liked’ the school Facebook page are able to comment on the official school posts and events.
  • Many social media websites have a minimum age requirement. While we will not be monitoring this, we would advise parents to not allow their children to have personal accounts on Facebook or other social media until they are the appropriate age.
  • Users are asked to not ‘tag’ photographs or any other content, which would identify any children or staff of the school.
  • Any messages/comments written on social media are treated in the same way as a written message to the school. Therefore, all online comments and messages should be respectful.
  • Avoid any negative conversations about children, staff or parents on social media accounts.
  • It may be awkward for a staff member to ignore a Facebook ‘friend request’ or other social media request. Therefore please do not request to ‘friend ‘a member of staff in the school.
  • Advertisements should not be added to our wall without prior permission from the school.
  • Failure to keep the above rules may result in a permanent ban to our social media accounts.


School Website

Designated staff will manage the publication of material on the school website.

  1. Personal pupil information, home addresses and contact details will not be published on the school website
  2. Class lists will not be published
  3. Pupils’ full names will not be published beside their photograph
  4. Digital photographs, video clips and audio clips will focus on groups and group activities rather than on individual pupils
  5. Pupils will be given an opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the school website
  6. Teachers will select work to be published and decide on the appropriateness of such
  7. Permission to publish a student’s work will be sought from pupils/ parents/ guardians. This permission may be withdrawn at any time.
  8. Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.


Mobile Phones / Electronic Devices /Bring your own Device (BYOD)


Usage of mobile phones/ electronic devices must be in adherence to the Mobile Phone / Electronic Devices Policy.


The school acknowledges the usefulness and practicality of mobile phones / electronic devices and recognises their potential as an educational resource.


Many features on mobile phones / electronic devices such as Organiser (calendar, calculator, convertor etc) Applications (voice recorder, stopwatch, image editor, video recording) or even Alarms are very useful and may be used under the direction of the class teacher.


Pupils using their own technology in school, such as leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable usage policy.


Pupils sending nuisance text messages is a direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.


The unauthorised taking of images with a mobile phone camera or electronic device, still or moving is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable usage policy.

Please see mobile phone & electronic device policy and Code of Behaviour for further information.



There is a certain amount of legislation that has relevance to Internet safety. They are briefly described as follows:


This amendment extends the data protection rules to manually held records and also makes improvements to the public’s right to access data.

  • Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998

This act legislates against anyone who knowingly produces, prints, publishes, distributes, exports, imports, shows, possesses or sells child pornography.


The Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act 1993 stipulated that telecommunication messages can be intercepted for the purpose of an investigation of a serious offence. Authorisations are subject to certain conditions.


This act prohibits the distribution of videos which contain obscene or indecent material which may lead to the depravation or corruption of the viewer. It would apply where someone in the State supplied this kind of video over the Internet.


This act was passed in order to deal with privacy issues arising from the increasing amount of information kept on a computer about individuals.


  • Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000. The Law governing copyright in Ireland.


There are a number of organizations who deal with internet safety and can prove to be a source of support for Parents and Teachers alike. These organizations can be accessed through the following sites:



  1. Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warning, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion. It is school policy to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.
  2. This Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs the use of the school’s computer facilities by the pupils and staff. Parents/Guardians are given an opportunity to agree/disagree to the AUP on enrolment of their child.


This version of the Acceptable Use Policy was created by the teaching staff of Scoil Naomh Pádraig, Drumfries.

This policy was reviewed and updated by the Board of Management in March 2018.

This policy will be subject to regular review according to the Department of Education and Science and the safety guidelines of the school community.



This policy was adopted by B.O.M on ___________.


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