WWW Safety

Worldwide Web (WWW) Safety or eSafety is a common topic within education circles and amongst parents of our students. On this page you can find information regarding our school WWW policy and links to useful websites which can answer some of your questions in relation to online Safety and cyber bullying.

Before introducing you to the recommended sites below we would like to highlight that Donabate Community College consistently endeavours to keep our students in a safe online environment during school hours and this is outlined in our detailed AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). This document was sent to all homes during November 2012. The aim of this AUP is to ensure that students will benefit from learning opportunities offered by the school’s Internet resources in a safe 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.

The following extract is from our school AUP

General

  • Internet & ICT sessions will always be supervised.
  • Filtering software is used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
  • The school will regularly monitor students Internet usage.
  • AB Tutor monitoring software is used to oversee students while working on computers
  • Students and teachers will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety.
  • Uploading and downloading of non-approved software is not permitted.
  • Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
  • The use of personal memory sticks, CD-ROMs, or other digital storage media in school requires a teacher’s permission.
  • Students will treat others with respect at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed while working on a computer

World Wide Web

  • Students will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Students must report accidental accessing of inappropriate materials in accordance with school procedures.
  • Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
  • Students will not copy information into assignments and fail to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement).
  • Students will never disclose or publicise personal information.
  • Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy.
  • Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.

Personal Devices

Pupils using their own technology in school, such as leaving a mobile phone turned on or using it in class, sending nuisance text messages, or the unauthorised taking of images with a mobile phone camera, still or moving is in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy and is taken very seriously.

Legislation

The school will provide information on the following legislation relating to use of the Internet which teachers, students and parents should familiarise themselves with:

  • Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003
  • Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
  • Interception Act 1993
  • Video Recordings Act 1989
  • The Data Protection Act 1988

There are a number of sites which are useful in bringing you up to speed on keeping your son/daughter safe online and here is just a few which we recommend: