A.U.P. Policy

School Name:       St. Conleth’s Infant School


Address:                   Newbridge, Co .Kildare



The aim of this Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that pupils 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 Therefore, if the school AUP is not adhered to this privilege will be withdrawn and appropriate sanctions – as outlined in the AUP – will be imposed.


It is envisaged that school and parent representatives will revise the AUP annually.


This version of the AUP was updated on January 27th 2016 by Principal, I.T.

 Co-ordinator and staff.


School’s Strategy

The school employs a number of strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet. These strategies are as follows:



  • Parents/Guardians must sign a consent form in order for their children to have access to the Internet in St. Conleth’s Infant School.

·         Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.

·         Filtering software is be used in order to minimise the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.

·         The school will monitor pupils’ Internet usage.

·         Students and teachers have been provided with training in the area of Internet safety.

·         Uploading and downloading of non-approved software will not be 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.

·         All staff must access any type of social media for educational purposes only.

·         Accessing social media by all staff members for personal use must only be done outside of school hours.

·         All staff accessing social media must ensure that no offence could be imparted from them.

  • Social Media should not be a forum for discussion by parents about staff or pupils of St. Conleth’s Infant School


  • Please note under no circumstances can photographs taken at school events , which include children other than your own be shared on social media



World Wide Web

  • Students will not intentionally visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
  • Students will have access to the Internet under the supervision of a teacher for educational purposes only.
  • 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.


Twitter Accounts

  • Class teachers may set up Twitter accounts for their class once they follow the guidelines of our A.U.P. policy.



School Website

  • Pupils 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
  • .The website will be regularly checked to ensure that there is no content that compromises the safety of pupils or staff.
  • Website using facilities such as guestbooks, noticeboards or weblogs will be checked frequently to ensure that they do not contain personal details?
  • The publication of student work will be co-ordinated by a teacher.
  • Pupils’ work will appear in an educational context on Web pages with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.
  • Personal pupil information including home address and contact details will be omitted from school web pages.
  • _The school website will avoid publishing the first name and last name of individuals in a photograph.
  • The school will ensure that the image files are appropriately named – will not use pupils’ names in image file names or ALT tags if published on the web.
  • Pupils will continue to own the copyright on any work published.

Personal Devices

Children do not have permission to have mobile phones in school.


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

Support Structures

The school will inform students and parents of key support structures and organisations that deal with illegal material or harmful use of the Internet.


Misuse of the Internet may result in disciplinary action, including written warnings, withdrawal of access privileges and, in extreme cases, suspension or expulsion. The school also reserves the right to report any illegal activities to the appropriate authorities.

Permission Form Template

Please review the attached school Internet Acceptable Use Policy, sign and return this permission form to the Principal.

School Name


Name of Pupil:       ______________________


Class/Year:           ______________________




I agree to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy on the use of the Internet. I will use the Internet in a responsible way and obey all the rules explained to me by the school.


Pupil’s Signature: __________________________        Date: 



As the parent or legal guardian of the above pupil, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy and grant permission for my son or daughter or the child in my care to access the Internet. I understand that Internet access is intended for educational purposes. I also understand that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety but the school cannot be held responsible if pupils access unsuitable websites.


I accept the above paragraph □      I do not accept the above paragraph □

(Please tick as appropriate)


In relation to the school website, I accept that, if the school considers it appropriate, my child’s schoolwork may be chosen for inclusion on the website. I understand and accept the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy relating to publishing children’s work on the school website.

I accept the above paragraph □      I do not accept the above paragraph □

 (Please tick as appropriate)


Signature: _____________________________      Date:  ___________________



Address:       ______________________________          Telephone: ____________