Our School - ICT Agreement

PARENT INFORMATION

on Acceptable Use of Internet, Email, Computer Facilities and External Networks at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Armidale.

The Internet and other information and communication technologies including email can provide a range of positive experiences in teaching and learning in schools.

The internet allows for:

the use of a range of information sources in class work, projects and assignments and

collaboration and communication with other students across the world, sharing ideas, knowledge and information.

Using these technologies will assist in students developing skills in electronic media throughout their lives in everyday situations. St Mary’s is currently involved in striving to integrate the use of information and communication technologies where relevant and appropriate into all curriculum areas.

It is important to introduce students to these technologies in a safe environment, where students are taught how to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant information, use and cite online sources, and share knowledge and information with others using appropriate language for the online environment.

There are a number of ways St Mary’s endeavours to minimise the risk to students accessing inappropriate information that is available on the internet. This Information Sheet provides information on how St Mary’s is monitoring use of the internet and email to protect the security and privacy of all staff and students.

Parents and guardians should also encourage children to access the internet during their class work, and to follow the basic guidelines and procedures through discussion, and where possible, demonstration of acceptable behaviours.

Guide to the Code of Practice for Students

Examples of unsafe actions:

revealing your full name, address, phone number, etc. to an unknown person by email or chat session

using a chat facility that is not supervised by your teacher

placing your personal details on a web page

accepting offers to meet strangers who you have met via an electronic medium, unless you are confident of your safety

Examples of illegal activity:

copying software onto computers, disks or networks without permission by the copyright owner

sending threatening or offensive electronic mail

ordering materials over the Web using other people's credit cards

copying digital art works, music or printed material without permission by the copyright owner

Examples of dishonest activity:

copying another person's work and submitting it as your own.

claiming personal ownership of material that was developed by a group.

setting up an unofficial web site which claims to be the official school site.

sending electronic mail using a faked e-mail address or someone else’s account.

Things which could upset others:

spreading untrue rumours and gossip through e-mail

publishing racist or sexist material

downloading or displaying offensive pictures

playing offensive songs from websites.

Things which could disrupt other users:

breaking or damaging the computer equipment

spilling food or drink on computer equipment

downloading large files from the Internet during class time without seeking approval

introducing viruses into the system.

deleting or changing critical files, or the files of others

attempting to hack into the school computer system

Examples of irresponsible actions:

leaving a computer logged on after departing the room

leaving personal information on a shared computer where others can use it

neglecting to back up important pieces of work

telling other people your password.