Technology


Computer Use - Staff


  • The Macmillan Academy Network has been established for an educational purpose. The term "educational purpose" includes classroom activities, career development, and quality research activities using the INTERNET.

  • You may not use the Macmillan Academy Internet access or email access for commercial purposes. This means you may not use either, to offer, provide, or purchase products or services.

  • You may not use the Macmillan Academy Internet access or email access for political lobbying.


Internet and Email Access


  • Inappropriate Access to Material. You will not use The Macmillan Academy Network to access INTERNET material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).

  • Email can be for personal use but you can only send email using an approved email services.

  • Use of the Internet for purposes other than those outlined previously will result in disciplinary action.


Unnacceptable Uses


The following uses of the Macmillan Academy Network are considered unacceptable:

    Illegal Activities:

  • You will not attempt to gain unauthorised access to The Macmillan Academy Network or go beyond your authorised access. This includes attempting to log-on through another person's account or access another person's files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".

  • You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.

    System Security

  • You will not attempt to gain unauthorised access to The Macmillan Academy Network or go beyond your authorised access. This includes attempting to log-on through another person's account or access another person's files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".

  • You will immediately notify the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. Do not go looking for security problems because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.

  • You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses. Email attachments that are suspect or from unknown sources should not be opened.

  • You will not download computer programs or files from the Internet without permission from the network administrator.

  • You will not try to load computer programs onto the Macmillan Academy Network or attempt to run programs that are not accessed through the Topic Selector.

    Innapropriate Language

  • Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public and private email messages, file names, the content of files and material posted on Web pages.

  • You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, nflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.


    Email Misuse

  • You will not email information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption.

  • You will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person

  • You will not knowingly or recklessly email false or defamatory information about a person or organisation.

  • You will not forward an email that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.

  • You will not email private information about another person.

  • You will not email chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

    Misuse of Resources

  • You will avoid unnecessary printing. A record of all printing is logged automatically by the Network.

Monotoring of the Network


  • You should expect only limited privacy in the contents of your personal files on the Macmillan Academy Network.

  • Routine maintenance and monitoring of files stored on the Macmillan Academy Network may lead to discovery that you have violated this Policy or the law.

  • An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this Policy. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.

Policy Violations


  • Macmillan Academy will co-operate fully with local, or government officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the Macmillan Academy Network.

  • Misuse of the Internet or email will result in disciplinary action.

Personal Responsability


Staff should be aware of the following:

  • Your actions on the Macmillan Academy Network are logged continuously. This includes the workstation you used, how long you were logged on for and what software was used and any printing you do.

  • All Web pages accessed by a workstation on the Macmillan Academy Network are logged with the date and time of access.

  • Both these logs can be used to track specific actions by users or workstations at any given time.

Discretionary Rights


Macmillan Academy reserves the right to vary the terms of this policy at any time and without prior notice. Macmillan Academy has the right to withdraw your access to the Network. Your account will be locked until any Policy discrepancy has been finalised. The decision of Macmillan Academy is final.

Computer Use - Students


Student Internet

All internet access must be supervised (with the exception of 6th form students). This means there must be a member of staff in the room who is aware that the student is accessing the Internet. If the member of staff leaves the room then students must stop using the Internet.

Innapropriate Access to Materials


  • You will not use The Macmillan Academy Network to access INTERNET material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).

  • If you mistakenly access inappropriate information on the INTERNET, you should immediately tell your teacher. This may protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this Policy.

  • Use of the Internet for purposes other than those outlined earlier will result in the suspension of Internet access for a fixed period of time.

  • You may not create or edit personal web pages without approval from a member of staff. Any content added using the Academy Internet access is accountable to the Academy and must therefore be checked and approved by a member of staff. Students are requested not to add a guestbook etc. to such sites because of their unregulated nature.

Unnaceptable Uses


The following uses of the Macmillan Academy Network are considered unacceptable:

Personal Safety:

  • You will not e-mail personal contact information about yourself or other people. Personal contact information includes your address, telephone, Academy address, etc.

  • You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other Academy employee any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.

Illegal Activities:

  • You will not attempt to gain unauthorised access to The Macmillan Academy Network or go beyond your authorised access. This includes attempting to log-on through another person's account or access another person's files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".

  • You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.

System Security:

  • You are responsible for your individual user area and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use it. Under no conditions should you let any other student know your password.

  • You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. Do not go looking for security problems because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.

  • You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses.

  • You will not download computer programs or files from the Internet without permission from a member of staff.

  • You will not try to load computer programs onto the Macmillan Academy Network or attempt to run programs that are not accessed through the Topic Selector.

Innapropriate Language

  • Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public and private file names, the content of files and material posted on Web pages.

  • You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.


Misuse of Resources

  • There are only a limited amount of computers available outside lesson times. Priority will always be given to uses who need to use the computers for educational and careers purposes and you must use the Internet only for educational and career development.

  • You will avoid unnecessary printing. A record of all printing is logged automatically by the Network. Students will be responsible for monitoring their printer credits using the Printer Manager program. Unnecessary printing will result in printer credits not being renewed.

  • Accessing and playing games via the Internet is not allowed. A limited number of games do have some significant educational value and these listed 'games' are the only ones you are permitted to access.


Monitoring of the Network


  • You should expect only limited privacy in the contents of your personal files on the Macmillan Academy Network.

  • Routine maintenance and monitoring of files stored on the Macmillan Academy Network or on removable storage devices brought into the Academy may lead to discovery that you have violated this Policy or the law.

  • Routine monitoring of the screens of students using the Internet may lead to discovery that you have violated this Policy or the law.

  • An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this Policy. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.

  • Your parents have the right at any time to request to see the contents of your files.

Policy Violations


  • Macmillan Academy will co-operate fully with local, or government officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the Macmillan Academy Network.

  • Misuse of the Internet or email will result in your access to these facilities being suspended. Continued misuse will result in the suspension becoming permanent.

Personal Responsability


Students should be aware of the following:

  • Your actions on the Macmillan Academy Network are logged continuously. This includes the workstation you used, how long you were logged on for and what software was used and any printing you do.

  • All Web pages accessed by a workstation on the Macmillan Academy Network are logged with the date and time of access.

  • Both these logs can be used to track specific actions by users or workstations at any given time.

  • Details and/or printouts of any unacceptable material or Internet access will be posted home to parents/guardians and the student’s access to the Macmillan Academy network suspended.

Discretionary Rights


Macmillan Academy reserves the right to vary the terms of this policy at any time and without prior notice. Macmillan Academy has the right to withdraw your access to the Network. Your account will be locked until any Policy discrepancy has been finalised. The decision of Macmillan Academy is final.

Internet Use Policy


The computer system is owned by the Academy. This Responsible Internet Use statement helps to protect students, staff and the Academy by clearly stating what use of the computer resources is acceptable and what is not.

  • Network access must be made via the user’s authorised account and password, which must not be given to any other person.

  • Academy computer and Internet use must be appropriate to the student's education or to staff professional activity.

  • Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected.

  • E-mail should be written carefully and politely, particularly as messages may be forwarded or printed and be seen by unexpected readers.

  • Any form of internet bullying will be dealt with severely.

  • Users are responsible for e-mail they send and for contacts made.

  • Anonymous messages and chain letters are not permitted.

  • The use of chat rooms is not allowed.

  • The Academy ICT systems may not be used for private purposes, unless the Principal has given permission for that use.

  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is not permitted.

  • ICT system security must be respected; it is an offence to use a computer for a purpose not permitted by the system owner.

  • Any inappropriate pop-ups or websites must be reported to Helpdesk immediately.

The Academy may exercise its right to monitor the use of the Academy’s computer systems, including access to web-sites, the interception of e-mail and the deletion of inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorised use of the Academy’s computer system is or may be taking place, or the system is or may be being used for criminal purposes or for storing unauthorised or unlawful text, imagery or sound.

Mini Audio Equipment


The use of any mini audio equipment requiring earphones or headphones is forbidden. Equipment of this kind should not be brought into the Academy as we believe that it interferes with learning. However, students will be permitted to use them when travelling to and from the Academy.

Students who cannot follow this instruction and choose to bring mini audio equipment into the Academy will face the following sanctions:

First Offence


The audio equipment will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day.

Parents will be contacted via a letter explaining the circumstances and asking for their support.

Second Offence


The audio equipment will be confiscated and will only be returned to the parents of the student at the end of a scheduled interview with either the Head of Year or the Assistant Principal (Student Development).

Disclaimer


The Academy will not take any responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of any mobile phone or similar devices brought onto the Academy site. Students who bring any mini audio equipment into the Academy do so at their own risk.

Mobile Phones


Rationale

To issue clear guidance for students, parents, staff and governors on the use of mobile phones in the Academy.

Disclaimer


The Academy generally discourages students from bringing mobile phones into the Academy, but recognises that there may be occasions when a parent and student may find their use helpful to them.

The Academy will not take any responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of any mobile phone or similar device brought onto the Academy site. Students who bring mobiles into the Academy do so at their own risk.

Usage


The use of mobile phones should be restricted to calls outside the Academy building.

Students must keep phones in their bag/locker and keep them switched off.

Mobile phones must not be used as calculators in lessons.

If a phone disrupts a lesson, it will be confiscated for the remainder of the day.

Mobile phones will be removed from students during examinations (both internal and external). Any student found with a mobile phone in their possession during external examinations could have their paper(s) discounted.

Text Messages


Inappropriate text messages sent with the intention of causing emotional harm to the recipient will be dealt with in line with the Academy's anti-bullying policy.

Usage of Site


The Academy recognises that after the end of the Academy day there may be occasions for health and safety reasons when a student may wish to contact a parent to arrange transport home, etc.

Similarly where parents wish to change arrangements for collecting a student a text message may be sent to the student's mobile.


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