Acceptable Use Policy
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Blogs and School Websites
Devising and using a policy covering the acceptable use of the Internet by students and all users of the school’s ICT is an important step in addressing the issue of online safety at school level. An Internet AUP is a document which addresses all rights, privileges, responsibilities and sanctions associated with the Internet. The Internet AUP details the way students and other users may and may not use the Internet when learning. Ideally it will be drawn up by school staff, students, parents and the Board of Management. A school may choose to incorporate its Internet AUP into the school’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) AUP or it may choose to have a separate Internet AUP.
Internet AUP Template
Webwise, the Internet Safety initiative of the NCTE provides AUP advice and an Internet AUP Template at: www.webwise.ie/article.aspx?id=4527.
For the Internet AUP to be effective it needs to be:
- Accessible to and understood by all users – (students, staff and guest users).
- Reviewed and updated on a yearly basis to take into account changing use practices and changing technologies.
In order that students understand their rights and responsibilities when online, as well as the sanctions that may apply to misuse of the school’s ICT they will need to be taught about the Internet AUP in class. Teaching resources and lesson plans for helping students to understand Safe Use and Responsible Use Rules can be found in the Learning Resource section of Webwise.
Providing learning opportunities to help your students
“discuss, develop, implement and evaluate an acceptable use policy (AUP ) (e.g. policies and procedures relating to: using the Internet and email; using mobile phones” will help your students “demonstrate an awareness of, and comply with, responsible and ethical use of ICT” (Source: NCCA ICT Framework 2010).
Other Resources for Teachers and Schools.
The Webwise Internet Safety Education Pack sent to every school containing the Information & Advice for Schools booklet and an AUP Template is also available for download: www.webwise.ie.
Some sample AUP Guidelines for the School Blog, Website or Online Learning Spaces.
These notes may be a useful starting point, each school will have to adapt the template [www.webwise.ie/article.aspx?id=4527 ] for its own school and students.
- Students will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the World Wide Web
in accordance with clear policies and approval processes regarding the content that can be loaded to the school’s website or class blog.
- A school website using facilities such as a blog, comments or noticeboard will be checked frequently to
ensure that no personal details are contained or posted.
- The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher; all use of the Internet will be supervised by a teacher.
- Students’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with copyright notice prohibiting the
copying of such work without express written permission.
- All users of the school or class website or blog will comply with copyright restrictions in regard to use of work that is not their own.
- The school and teacher will endeavour to use digital photographs, audio or video clips focusing on group activities. Content
focusing on individual students will not be published on the school website without parental permission. The school website will avoid publishing the first name and last name of individuals in a photograph.
- Personal student information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web or blog
- The school and teacher will ensure that the image files are appropriately named and will not use students’ names in image
file names or ALT tags if published on the web.