"The use of ICT in education is the key to unlocking the skills and knowledge of our future generations of young people; a tool for learning for the 21st century."
ICT, including the Internet and the VLE, has become an important part of learning in St. Mary's.
The Internet is a powerful learning tool when used correctly but we know that some materials available via the Internet can be illegal, offensive or inaccurate. Unfortunately, there are situations whereby personal information that you have submitted to a website can get into the wrong hands, or that harmless photograph at a party has appeared on a world stage without your approval.
Our service provider filters all the material that comes into school and keeps a check on all accounts being accessed and, during school, staff will guide pupils towards appropriate materials.
We expect all of our pupils to be responsible and safe when using any ICT. All pupils and parents/guardians are expected to sign an ICT Acceptable Use Agreement.
If you follow the simple guidelines below, you will find you have few problems.
Top Tips for St. Mary's Pupils
- Only use ICT systems in school for school purposes.
- Never give your password to anyone, including your friends.
- Change your password regularly.
- If you accidentally come across inappropriate material online, report it to a teacher immediately.
- Remember that once you send a post, you can’t get it back.
- Remember too that there is no such thing as privacy or secrecy on the Internet.
- Never give out personal information online.
- Never arrange to meet strangers or ‘online friends'.