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use of the Internet/on-line learning platform

 

As you may be aware the school network has Internet access and a Learning Platform available for both staff and pupils.  This enables pupils to explore information on the World Wide Web and to communicate with each other within the Learning Platform.

Students are able to access emails as well work and resources from home through Home Access Plus on the School Website as well as through Microsoft Teams.

Before being allowed access to these facilities, however, the school asks for a parental permission form to be returned after being signed by both a parent/guardian and the student, indicating that you agree to access for your son/daughter and to him/her complying with the code of conduct stated in this letter.  Please go through both the letter and the Pupil Guidelines before you and your child sign the agreement.

Our Internet Service Provider is “Schools Broadband” which manages its own filtering. This is more restrictive than the normal Windows security settings. Although students will be supervised whenever accessing the Internet we cannot guarantee that they will not gain access to unsavoury material.  If this should happen accidentally, we would ask the student to report the source to staff immediately.  We would expect, however, that pupils do not actively seek such material and doing so would be to contravene this agreement and would therefore hold serious consequences.

The school also provides an online space, called a Learning Platform, for each pupil, where school tasks will be available for both class work and homework use.  These include forums and the ability to send messages within the closed community of the school and its pyramid primaries.

When sending information from or within the school or the Learning Platform, students should take care to maintain the same codes of politeness and respect as with any written communication of a formal nature, and be careful not to offend, especially when communicating with a variety of different cultures and organisations.

During school, teachers will guide pupils towards appropriate materials and appropriate methods when using the Learning Platform and accessing the Internet.  We therefore ask you, as parents, to discuss the contents of this letter and the Pupil Guidelines with your children and to sign that you support the standards of the school in this matter.

 

PUPIL RULES FOR USE OF THE INTERNET & LEARNING PLATFORM

 

  1. Both the Internet access and the Learning Platform provided by the school are additional learning resources and all use should be of an educational nature.
  2. The computer equipment provided by the school should be treated with respect and not tampered with.
  3. Parent/carer permission is required for in-school Internet use and it is assumed that both parents/carers and pupils will honour the agreement forms they have signed.
  4. In order to protect themselves and others, students should never reveal their complete name, address or any other personal information, including photographs, which might identify them on the Internet.
  5. When using e-mail, forums, blogs, messaging facilities and web space provided by the school, students are to communicate with respect for others. They are ambassadors for the school and should observe the standards expected within school.  They should avoid including material that may cause offence or nuisance to any person and should immediately report any similar material received by them.
  6. Pupils cannot assume that information found on the Internet is necessarily correct and should check the validity of the information or the site with a member of staff before using it in their work.
  7. Pupils should not actively seek unsavoury material on the Internet or via email, and should report any they find to a member of staff immediately.

 

USE OF THE INTERNET/LEARNING PLATFORM

 

PARENTAL SECTION

 

I am aware that                                                                        (full name) of Form                 may be given access to the Internet and Learning Platform and I have reinforced the views expressed in this letter and the Pupil Guidelines.  I give permission for him/her to use this facility.  (If you do not wish to give permission, please contact the school to discuss the matter.)

 

 

Signed                                                   Name (printed)                                             Date                            

 

PUPIL SECTION

 

As a school user of the Internet I agree to abide by the school’s rules.

 

Signed                                                             Date