Responsible use of the Internet & Sanctions
The school has installed computers and Internet access to help our learning. These rules will keep everyone safe and help us be fair to others.
- I will ask permission from a member of staff before using the Internet;
- I will use only my own ‘log-in’ and password, which I will keep secret;
- I will not access other people’s files;
- I will concentrate on the task at hand and not go to other sites not relevant to my work or access music, games, e-mail etc. during a lesson;
- I will use the computers only for approved activities. Copyright of materials must be respected;
- I will only use e-mail with the permission of a member of staff;
- The messages I send will be polite and responsible;
- I will not attempt to join chat rooms;
- I will not give my home address or phone number, or arrange to meet someone, unless my parent, carer (a note from home must be produced) or teacher has given permission; (NB teachers will only give permission for school-related work such as writing to a company for information and so on);
- To help protect other students and myself, I will tell a teacher if I see anything I am unhappy with or I receive messages I do not like;
- I understand that the school may check my computer files, read my e-mails and may monitor the internet sites I visit. The use of the network to access or produce inappropriate materials such as pornographic, racist or offensive material and suchlike, is forbidden.
Responsible use of the Internet – Sanctions
Students will be liable to punishment if they choose to break the school rules.
Punishments will include detentions at lunchtime and after-school; internal exclusions; formal exclusions and being banned from using computers.
The school will decide which punishment will be used, but the following are examples of sanctions:
- Attempting to access pornographic sites – fixed-term exclusion.
- Accessing internet sites/e-mail during a lesson when you should be working on another task – lunchtime detention; after-school detention or internal exclusion for repeated offences.
These are just two examples and the school will apply an appropriate sanction according to the nature of the offence.