1. I can use the school computers and other school ICT for school work.
This helps to ensure the equipment is available when students need to use it for their learning. It will also help to reduce the likelihood of any inappropriate activities taking place which put at risk the safety of the learning environment.
2. If I accidentally find mean, rude or dangerous things on the computer or any other ICT equipment, I will tell the teacher straight away, without showing any other children.
Because anyone at all can publish material on the internet, it does contain material which is inappropriate, and in some cases illegal. The school has taken a number of steps to prevent this material from being accessed. However, there always remains the possibility that a student may inadvertently stumble across something inappropriate. Encouraging the student to tell a teacher immediately if they find something which they suspect may be inappropriate. This will encourage critical thinking and helps children to take responsibility for their actions and keep themselves, and others, safe. This way, the contribute to the cybersafety of the school community.
3. If I have my own password, I will log on only with that password.
I will not share my password with any other person.
Passwords perform two main functions. Firstly, they help to ensure only approved persons can access the school ICT facilities. Secondly, they are used to track how those facilities are used. Knowing how the equipment is being used and by whom, helps the school to maintain a cybersafe environment for all users, and teaches the child the importance of personal security.
4. I will log off before letting someone else use the computer.
Logging off stops others from using a computer under your child’s username. When the computers sign on is started up again, the next user has to enter their own details to log on.
I will check with the teacher before giving anyone information about myself or others when using the internet or a mobile phone – this includes home and email addresses, and phone numbers.
This reduces the risk of your child, or other children, being contacted by someone who wishes to upset or harm them, or use their identity for purposes which might compromise the child’s privacy or security online.
I will not download any files such as music, videos, or programmes without the permission of the teacher, even if they are for school work. If I am unsure, I will ask the teacher first.
Many files available on the internet are covered by copyright, and although they can be easily downloaded, it may be illegal to do so. Sometimes even innocent looking files may contain malicious content such as viruses, or spyware (software that searches for personal information from your computer and transmits it to others over the internet). Some files may contain inappropriate or illegal material.
I will acknowledge where work has come from if I have copied it from somewhere. This includes graphics and sound files I use in my own school work.
The internet has allowed easy access to a huge range of information which can be incorporated into students’ work by simply cutting and pasting. Most of this material is copyrighted, and thus involves intellectual property issues. The value of such material to students’ learning is questionable, if they have not thought through this information themselves.
If I don’t follow these expectations, the school may need to talk to my family about what has happened. In very serious cases, the school may take disciplinary action.
STUDENT WORK / PHOTOS ON WWW
From time to time we would like the opportunity to place either a photograph or piece of work from your child on our website. As professionals we will always be thoughtful and only place material that is complimentary of your child on our website. Previously we have asked permission for individual photos, but we have found this system too difficult and time consuming to administer. In signing of the ICT User Agreement on the enrolment form, you are giving the school permission to publish photos, music, video with your child included in it or examples of their work. Students still own the copyright for their work.
The Queenstown Primary School website contains photographs. It is our intention to safeguard the identity of the children. To ensure their safety we will only use the following information: year level, or room number, or first name.