Acceptable use of ICT (internet, network, stand alone ICT, email, etc) at Braintree Sixth Form means, at its simplest, that a user should always avoid any use that could reasonably be construed as causing offence to others. This will mean avoiding the downloading, uploading or forwarding of text or images which include violence, obscenity, or indecency (e.g. pornography, extremist, racist, sexist, ageist or homophobic material). Acceptable use also includes avoiding any incitement to criminal behaviour, any commercial activity or political lobbying. Generally the use of ICT must not be detrimental to the reputation of the Sixth Form or the personal wellbeing of anyone else.
A password and log-in is confidential to the person it has been given to. It must not be shared, and users must not log on to equipment using another person’s password. When finishing work users must log out properly so that no one using equipment after them could gain access using their previously entered log in or password details. If a user needs to leave a machine unattended, the machine must either be logged off or screen locked by using Ctrl+Alt+Del.
A user is responsible for what takes place under their login name and/or password. Any suspicion that anyone else knows the details must be reported immediately to the network manager so that a new password can be arranged. Users are responsible for the security of data and information on the system. This means not downloading software or applications without the explicit consent of the network manager, as doing so can cause software conflicts or virus problems.
All communications, where possible, should be by email rather than paper. All staff and students have an email account at the Sixth Form and partnership schools, and emails should only be sent between these professional accounts (ie not to or from personal or internet accounts).
Email is a written form of communication and should be always viewed as a formal medium. Any email could end up being forwarded to anywhere in the world and users should write nothing in an email which they would not be prepared to defend publicly.
When accessing the Sixth Form network via a private machine, it is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the machine has up to date virus protection and a firewall installed. Users should observe the same principles and practices outlined in this document whether they are accessing resources from home, from school, from school equipment or from their own.
Users who carry their own equipment or use it to access school resources do so at their own risk and the Sixth Form takes no responsibility for hardware or software problems arising from doing so.
The Sixth Form reserves the right to bar students from using ICT equipment and/or bringing their own equipment into the Sixth Form if doing so has led to, or can reasonably be construed as likely to lead to, damage or disruption to Sixth Form services. Should concerns be raised the Sixth Form leadership may authorise the suspension of access to ICT and Internet services for an initial period of investigation or for a longer period.
All use of ICT resources is monitored to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and good practice. This means that emails, websites visited and documents downloaded or forwarded can be traced back to individuals. Where users are found to not comply with the requirements and recommendations of this document they will be subject to sanctions which will range from temporarily being barred from the use of ICT to more serious consequences.
We ask that students agree to the following specific items: