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Student ICT acceptable use policy

I will take full responsibility for my own use of all ICT in college and I will make sure that I use technology safely, legally and responsibly. This means that…

  • I will take personal responsibility for my own e-safety. I will not give out any personal details or arrange to meet someone (over the internet) without the written permission of my parent, carer or teacher (further advice is available at www.thinkuknow.co.uk);
  • I will always report to an adult, any unsafe ICT use that I see or experience. This is to protect myself and other people. This includes inappropriate social media content;
  • I will never open emails or attachments from people that I do not know;
  • I will never use ICT for bullying or harassing others. This includes setting up websites or uploading content that makes personal reference to teachers or students. This also includes using text messaging, digital cameras/phones and social networking sites to bully or harass others. I will always report this kind of behaviour;
  • I will never film or record teachers or students (openly or secretly) unless this is part of a planned learning activity. If students choose to bring mobile phones into college then they must be switched off (at all times during the day) and not seen at any time;
  • I will never use ICT to bring the college into disrepute – this includes uploading content to an external service (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, ooVoo or Instagram);
  • I will not download or install any software or files onto the college ICT equipment unless I have full permission from a member of staff;
  • I will use safe methods to transfer files between home and school. If I need to use a USB memory stick in college, then I will run an anti-virus check on it every time;
  • I will not intentionally gain access to unsuitable or illegal websites. I will immediately report any accidental access to a member of staff or the ICT support team. I understand that my report will be confidential and will help to protect other students and myself;
  • I will only access computer systems using my own login and password. I will also make sure that my password is kept secret and I will log-off when I have completed my work. I will never attempt to ‘hack’ into systems;
  • I will never break copyright law because I will always say where I got my information from (words, images and graphics). I will never copy other people’s work and pretend it is my own. I will not download or stream copyrighted material in college (this includes streaming movie service where the content is illegal);
  • I will use college ICT equipment responsibly and with care and I will never misuse the college email system or online storage. I will not deliberately damage equipment (including headphones, mice and keyboards). I will always tell a teacher if any damage happens;
  • I will use network resources responsibly – I will only print what I need, I will regularly review my files and delete any that are not needed, I will only store college-related files and images on the college network and I will only use the ICT equipment for college related work.

I understand that the college may check my computer files, may monitor the websites that I visit and check the content of my emails. This is to protect my safety and the safety of others.

If I fail to follow the acceptable use policy then I will take full responsibility for the consequences that follow. This may include having my ICT privileges withdrawn.