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Computer Studies

Internet Access Parental Permission Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During the school year, students may be offered supervised access to the Internet. Before being allowed to use the Internet, all students must obtain parental permission and both they and you must sign and return the enclosed form as evidence of your approval and their acceptance of the school rules on this matter.

The Internet is a global computer network, which offers a wealth of resources. Students can use the Internet to locate material to meet their educational needs, to ask questions and consult with experts and communicate with other schools. As information on the Internet appears, disappears and changes, it is not always possible to predict or control what students may locate or use. They might encounter information that is inaccurate, controversial, or potentially harmful.

The Internet will be used to further educational goals and objectives, but students may find ways, accidentally or intentionally, to access undesirable materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the school supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for access.

During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. The ScoilNet website available at http://www.scoilnet.ie is designed to assist schools to access information and resources relevant to the needs of Irish education. The school will use ScoilNet as the starting point for Internet access. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, magazines and other potentially offensive media.

Further information, regarding the school's Internet policy is available on request.

Le meas,

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