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Student Guidelines for Internet use

  • Students are responsible for good behaviour on the Internet just as they are in a classroom or on a school corridor. General school rules apply.
  • Access is a privilege, not a right and that access requires responsibility.
  • Do not use bad language, and do not send messages that could be offensive to another person.
  • You must get the teacher's permission to print or download any text, images, software or other data from the Internet.
  • Never give out personal information such as your home address or telephone number over the Internet.
  • Do not make arrangements for an unsupervised meeting with another person on-line without the permission of your teacher/parent.
  • If you receive a message that makes you feel uncomfortable, it must be reported to the teacher. On no account should you respond to such a message.
  • Be familiar with these rules and how to use the Internet before going on-line. If you have any questions about these rules, please ask your teacher so you can understand.


If any of the above rules are broken, it will result in a temporary or permanent ban on Internet and/or computer use.
Additional disciplinary action may be taken in line with existing approved school practice on inappropriate language or behaviour.

Remember that teachers have access to all files and disks used on school computers, including email messages sent and received by students. School computers also record details of what students have viewed on the Internet. In addition, the use of 'Altiris vision' software allows the teacher to view the contents of any students' screen at any time during the class.

Parent Guide to the Internet

What is the Internet?

The Internet is a worldwide system of connected computers, each of which may be connected to another network of computers. For this reason, it is sometimes called a network of networks. The Internet allows people in all corners of the world to communicate electronically, and to send and access information electronically in a matter of minutes.

What is the World Wide Web?

The World Wide Web is the main source of content that is accessible via the Internet. It is like a library of books, only the pages are stored on lots of different computers around the world. The unique thing about the World Wide Web is that anyone can make information accessible on the Web.

What are the advantages of Internet access?

The Internet allows people to access a vast information resource, talk to each other by email, and join electronic news, discussion and special mailing groups. Educationally speaking, it can open up a whole new vista for the user as well as provide access to information resources at one's fingertips and provide a creative outlet for those who wish to create web pages.

What are the disadvantages of Internet access?

The Internet is a powerful learning tool, but it should not be used indiscriminately or without supervision. While your daughter is at school, the school will make every effort to ensure that this resource is used appropriately. As parents, it is your responsibility to monitor this resource at home, not unlike the manner in which you monitor use of television, video games, or the telephone. It is not advisable for students to engage in hours of unsupervised time on-line. Check their emails, know who they are chatting to on-line, and scrutinise the websites visited. Keep in mind that while your child is on-line, your telephone bill is getting larger.

What use is the Internet likely to be in the classroom?

The Internet has the potential to provide access from the classroom to educational resources within Ireland or from many parts of the world. A large variety of source materials, information, images and computer software can be accessed rapidly. It is possible to facilitate individual or group projects, collaboration and idea sharing between geographically dispersed students, teachers and schools.

Through the Internet it is possible to make contact with people all over the world, whether fellow students, educators or experts in specialist fields. Prominent public figures occasionally make themselves available for on-line question-and-answer sessions also.

Through developing a website of its own, a school can contribute to the sum of available knowledge on the Internet, publicise its own activities or encourage collaboration through educational projects.

Internet Access Parental Permission Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During the school year, students may be offered supervised access to the Internet. Before being allowed to use the Internet, all students must obtain parental permission and both they and you must sign and return the enclosed form as evidence of your approval and their acceptance of the school rules on this matter.

The Internet is a global computer network, which offers a wealth of resources. Students can use the Internet to locate material to meet their educational needs, to ask questions and consult with experts and communicate with other schools. As information on the Internet appears, disappears and changes, it is not always possible to predict or control what students may locate or use. They might encounter information that is inaccurate, controversial, or potentially harmful.

The Internet will be used to further educational goals and objectives, but students may find ways, accidentally or intentionally, to access undesirable materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the school supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for access.

During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. The ScoilNet website available at is designed to assist schools to access information and resources relevant to the needs of Irish education. The school will use ScoilNet as the starting point for Internet access. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, magazines and other potentially offensive media.

Further information, regarding the school's Internet policy is available on request.

Le meas,


Internet Access Parental Permission Form

Please complete and return this form to your computer teacher.

Name of Student: ________________________________ Class: _________


I agree to comply with the school rules on the use of the Internet. I will use the network in a responsible way and observe all the restrictions explained to me.

Student Signature: _________________________ Date: _____________


As the parent or legal guardian of the above student, I have read the Internet Permission Form and grant permission for my daughter to access the Internet. I understand that Internet access is designed for educational purposes. I also understand that the school cannot be held responsible if students access unsuitable websites, but that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety.

Signature of Parent/Guardian:____________________________

Date: ____________ Home Telephone: ______________

Internet Policy of Dominican College

Student access to the Internet

Internet access is now available to students. The school is pleased to offer this resource to both students and teachers for reference purposes and for researching project materials. Students will now have ready access to thousands of libraries and databases on every subject. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation for living and working in the Information Age. The school will integrate such information as appropriate within the curriculum and staff will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources. Student use of telecommunications and electronic information will be provided and only be permitted upon submission of permission and agreement forms by parents of students and by students themselves.


Electronic mail, or email, allows students to communicate with peers and educationalists around the world. Students will send and receive email during supervised sessions only.

World Wide Web

Access to on-line resources will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards throughout the world. The school believes that the benefits to students from access to information resources and increased opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages. Students will not be given access to the Internet without teacher supervision. The school uses filtering software called CyberPatrol which blocks out webpages containing expletive words, pictures, or unsuitable content.
Teachers regularly check computer logs of all information accessed by students.

Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act 1998 was passed to deal with privacy issues arising from the increasing amount of information kept on computer about individuals. In accordance with the Act, only student information that is relevant to the context of the class will be published.