What is an Acceptable Use Policy?

An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is an important document which addresses all rights, privileges, responsibilities and sanctions associated with the use of the internet and digital technologies within the school, including online and offline usage.


Guidelines for developing an AUP

In general, an Acceptable Use Policy addresses the safe, acceptable and responsible use of the internet and digital technologies. It may be used as a framework or customised to reflect individual school circumstances and needs. Webwise have developed a helpful set of guidelines for consideration when developing an AUP. Included in this publication is an AUP template for schools.

Webwise have developed an Acceptable Use Policy Generator which is free for all schools to use. Our easy to use tool allows you to customise an Acceptable Use Policy based on your school needs.


Before getting started we recommend you read the guidance.



How to develop an AUP?

Creating an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is vital for your school. It sets out key points in addressing internet safety issues for students. Here we take a look at some of the key steps to develop an AUP.

Sample Acceptable Use Policies

Unsure of how to develop your school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)? Don’t fear. Here, we list some prime examples of AUP documents, related permissions slips, and AUP checklists.


What is an AUP, why do schools need one, and what elements should be included?



We answer these, and other frequently asked questions.



Remote Learning

As teaching moves online, school leaders and teachers should re-familiarise themselves with their AUP. Updates may need to be made if you are using new learning environments or additional tools to facilitate distance learning. It is a good time to remind staff, parents and students of the AUP any updates.

Keeping your AUP updated

Your school’s Acceptable Use Policy should be regularly reviewed and procedures should be put in place for updating the AUP to ensure that it is current and effective.
We have outlined considerations when revisiting or updating your policy.

Sample Permission Form

Sample Letter to Parents/Guardians

Download AUP Guidelines for schools

AUP Generator Tool for Schools

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