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.
You can download these versions, but remember, you will need to tweak and change the AUPs to suit your school’s needs.
There are many schools, both primary and post-primary, which have already implemented successful AUPs.
CBS Kilkenny is a secondary school which has publicly posted their updated AUP. Another post-primary school, Celbridge Community School, uses empowering, student-friendly language in their AUP.
If your school uses tablets, Bremore Educate Together Secondary School provides a good example of how to cover iPad use within their AUP.
At primary level, Powerstown Educate Together NS has an AUP that includes advice on managing social media and the occasional use of personal devices in school. St. Mochulla’s National School includes netiquette (appropriate social behaviour online) and use of personal devices in their AUP. Scoil Naomh Sheosaimh, in Galway, has their AUP available in English and trí mheán na Gaeilge.
St Peter’s Primary School, Bray is a primary school that makes regular use of social media. Their AUP includes guidelines for the use of social media.
Malahide iPad code of Behaviour: http://malahidecs.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ICT-Acceptable-Use-Policy.pdf
Good example of ICT Policy: http://dmaguiresite.weebly.com
Social Media Policy: http://www.naascns.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/NCNS-Social-Media-Policy.pdf
Primary School AUP including Social Media Policy: http://www.powerstownet.com/wp
Another interesting example of an AUP comes from Swords Educate Together NS. Here, both pupils and teachers sign up the AUP before using the internet.
If you require any further information, have a look at our AUP FAQ section or our tips for developing an AUP.