Internet Policy





Internet Policy



Date of writing: July 2007

Last reviewed: May 2017




Aims and Objectives


1.1 Policy Statement


The Lifehouse network provides data communication links within the School including the Internet. Internet services and technologies offer valuable learning experiences and sources of information. At the same time, there are potential hazards. Students may find they have access to material some of which is not appropriate. There are opportunities with computer networks for students to conduct themselves in ways that are unacceptable and to create and distribute inappropriate materials. The Lifehouse will do all that it can to limit these chances. The School teaches students good practice, imposes control on what students see and do and informs parents of potential risks and benefits.


General School Policy

The School wishes to teach students and inform parents of the benefits of Internet access to students and, at the same time, advise students and parents of the potential for misadventure which may result from access to the network and Internet. In providing Internet access for students the School also affirms that it will monitor use and will not permit the creating, distributing, or accessing of any material which is not suitable for learning on the school network.


For the purpose of this policy USERS relates to both STAFF AND PUPILS


Specific Acceptable Use Policies


1.2 Network Acceptable Use Policy

In clarifying the acceptable uses of the network, the following is a list of guidelines and a list of specific behaviours which are unacceptable and that may lead to School disciplinary action and/or suspension or limitation of School network and Internet access privileges:


  1. When interacting with other users on the network or Internet, users are expected to behave as they would in any other environment where they represent the School. It is important that users conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner.
  2. The School’s networks are intended only for educational purposes and for the business and administrative functions directly in support of the School’s operation.


  1. Network services, and access to these services, shall only be used by authorized persons. Where password-protected accounts are used, network users are personally responsible for all activity that occurs within their account. In particular, staff have a duty of care to ensure that they log off a computer session correctly to ensure the access to open internet is maintained.


  1. Using the School’s network and the Internet for illegal, obscene, harassing or inappropriate purposes, or in support of such activities, is prohibited.


  1. Using the School’s network and the Internet for any personal use, email not directly linked to school purpose, or any social networking site is strictly prohibited


  1. The School’s networks are shared resources. From time to time, users may be asked to limit or relinquish access to allow users with more urgent needs.


  1. Users are advised that computer systems are School property, are monitored and may be inspected at any time if misuse is suspected.


  1.  Intentional damage will result in disciplinary action and you may be billed for repairs or replacement.


  1. All above rules apply whether School network access is gained from in or out of school settings.Inappropriate use of network and internet services includes, but is not limited to, the following points:
  1. Users may not use the School’s network, internet or computing equipment to:
    1. transmit any materials in violation of UK laws
    2. duplicate, store, or transmit pornographic materials
    3. transmit or post threatening, abusive, obscene or harassing material
    4. duplicate, store, or transmit copyrighted material that violates copyright law
    5. Share or forward any confidential information
    6. participate in pyramid schemes or chain mail harassment of other users
    7. access any personal accounts not pertaining to curriculum or school business
    8. social networking, chat rooms or personal messaging
  2. Users may not violate, or attempt to violate, the security of the School’s computers, data or network equipment or services.
    1. Any attempts at unauthorised access of School data will result in termination of the user’s computer and network privileges.
    2. Any attempt to vandalise School network accounts or systems will result in termination of the user’s computer and network privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another member, the School, or any of the agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
    3. Use of another individual’s password-protected account is prohibited.
    4. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the School’s networks and services.
  3. Users may not:
    1. use abusive, vulgar, profane, obscene, harassing, or other inappropriate language;
    2. re-post personal electronic mail received without the permission of the author.
    3. Users may not share password(s) with others;
    4. distribute or use anyone else’s account name and password;
    5. reveal anyone else’s personal address, phone number, or picture without personal (staff) or parental consent;
    6. use network access for any purpose not related to the individual’s position in the School.
  4. Users may not:
    1. Eat or drink near any machine .
  5.  Users may not:
    1. Play online games unless they contain educational content or have been authorised by a member of staff.
  6. Users may not:
    1. Connect personal and non-authorised devices (laptops, PDAs, mobile phones or any other device providing network connectivity) to the School’s network without express permission from Directors. This includes both hard-wired and wireless connections.1.3 Internet and Email Acceptable Use Policy

      Internet use is for educational based work only.

      You MUST:

  • Adhere to any applicable laws, including the Computer Misuse Act, Data Protection Act, Copyright, Design & Patents Act and The Telecommunications Act.
  • Note that entering into illegal or offensive activity is strictly banned (including sharing such information).STUDENTS MUST NOT:
  • Use ‘Proxy Avoidance’ sites or attempt to get around the School’s blocking/filtering systems.
  • Download files such as executables, movies or music files (mp3s) or run any program which has not been authorised.
  •  Attempt to use Peer to Peer sites, VOIP (Voice Over IP) or any other unauthorised utility.
  • Use social sites such as, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Bebo, MySpace etc., chat or Instant Message programs and any website that include chat rooms.
  •  Make purchases via shopping, auction or insurance sites.
  •  Use 3rd Party webmail accounts such as Hotmail, GMail or Yahoo! for communication.
  • Use your school email address or school facilities for mass emailing or spamming.
  • Use personal technology devices ( phones, smart phones, smart watches etc) during the school day for phone calls, photography, recording of any kind ( audio or video) without the express permission of the supervising member of staff.
  1.  Student user areas on the School network, Internet use and email traffic will be closely monitored and ICT Staff may review files and communications to maintain system integrity. This includes monitoring Student activity remotely. If applicable, external agencies may be involved as certain activities may constitute a criminal offence. Students can expect to be sanctioned for breech of this policy and parents or carers may be asked to attend interview at school to discuss management of personal technology.


  • Show professional diligence and care when policing student use of the internet and have regard for the safety and limitations set on pupils as above
  • Not distribute the wifi code to any one, particularly students. Any enquiry should be directed to management.
  • Not use the school internet for personal business or social communication or networking
  • Never share personal internet account details with students or use personal accounts in any facet of their educational delivery.
  • When using own Technology/equipment (laptop/ipad/tablet), they must have specific student account settings which include strict internet parental controls.  Management reserve the right to check personal equipment at any time
  • Mobile phones should not be used in school time (9am  to 3.30pm) for any personal business and should never be used or shared with students. Personal phone use during school hours will be deemed to be misconduct and will be dealt with as a disciplinary action.
  • Digital photographs should not be stored on personal equipment and photographs should  be taken with school equipment whenever possible and stored on the school network.
  • The Lifehouse accepts that mobile phones are part of everyday equipment for society and that, as such, moments can be captured best with your mobile camera.  However, it is VITAL that these are downloaded immediately on return to school and deleted from your personal equipment.  Anyone found to be storing school based images on personal phones will be treated as gross misconduct.
  • Any school work that contains photos, should have photographs deleted before being taken to your hom
  1. The Lifehouse accepts no responsibility for the malfunctioning of any ICT facility or part thereof, whether hardware or software, nor for any consequential losses. Backups are made every evening but the user is responsible for independently maintaining copies of valuable data.The Lifehouse reserves the right to modify these Acceptable Use Policies for ICT, as appropriate.



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