Internet Safety

The internet and technology are used a great deal at John the Baptist to enhance teaching and your learning. It is vital that every user understands the benefits of such technology but also the risks.

I.T. Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Please note that all staff, students and parents/guardians of John the Baptist Community School must read in full and agree to the school’s I.T. Internet Acceptable Use Policy before use of any school hardware, software or I.T. systems.

Students will be prompted to read and accept the policy when entering school systems. Students are required to make their parents/guardians aware of the policy and its terms before beginning usage of the facilities.
Please see below for an online link to the policy. Hard copies can also available at the school.
Link: IT Internet Acceptable Use Policy of John the Baptist C.S.

Safer Internet Day

In an effort to educate and inform students about careful internet usage, the school integrates safer internet guidelines into many subjects, including modules in S.P.H.E. and C.S.P.E. In 2015, in conjunction with International Safer Internet Day #sid, a media awareness campaign took place in the school, with students making posters, offering advice and distributing brochures on safe internet commandments when using different forms of social media. This is an annual event in the school.

Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise, and will be celebrated in Ireland on Tuesday 7th February 2017. The Theme for next year is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

10 Commandments for Internet Users

The following list, adapted from a campaign by the Action Innocence organisation, is useful for internet users of any age:

  • Be careful – you don’t know who is behind the screen
  • Never tell anyone your name or age
  • Never tell anyone your password
  • Be very careful when you “chat”
  • Never tell anyone your address or where you live
  • Do not send your photo to anyone
  • Never arrange to meet someone without telling one of your parents/guardians
  • Don’t believe everything people tell you
  • Never reply to emails which shock you
  • If what you see on the screen upsets you, leave the Website or call one of your parents/guardians

There are a lot of resources that can help to guide you to enjoy the internet and technology, while minimising the harmful or dangerous effects. Have a look at some of the following links: