“A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give but to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good. A gift from God…. Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world.” – Pope Francis, 2014.
The use of digital devices and points of access to email and internet services in St Patrick’s Primary School is provided to students in order to support their educational and administrative needs. These digital devices and services are educational tools and must be used in a responsible manner. We recognise that there are constant advances and changes in the use of technology (including for example, software, apps, information sharing, social media platforms, new devices etc, and this list is not exhaustive). Therefore students must seek advice and clarification from the school as soon as possible when engaging with new or unfamiliar technology. Acceptable use is guided by the following principles:
- Students must behave in an ethical manner when using digital devices, to access resources, communicate and
- interact with others.
- Online behaviour should at all times demonstrate a Christ-centred respect for the dignity of each person.
- It is never acceptable to use digital devices to harass, bully or humiliate others.
Parents and students need to understand our school’s expectations when students are using the devices and services provided by the school, and when using their personal equipment to communicate to or about members of the wider school community. Students whose actions contradict school policy will be subject to the school’s Behaviour Management Policy. This may include the withdrawal of access to services.