This policy has been written to inform students, their parents and teachers of the acceptable ways information and communication technology (ICT) may be used at Bangkok Patana School.
1. All students, apart from Senior students, should use the Laptop Room (HuM 204) or the Library if they wish to use their laptop during break or lunch time.
2. Students shall only access the school network using their own username. It is the student's responsibility to make every attempt to keep their password private and to change it at least every three months.
3. Patana school email accounts may be used for:
- Teacher directed activities;
- Transferring work between school and home;
- Collaborating on school work.
4. Downloading or uploading large files (over 20 MB) from the Internet uses a large amount of the school's bandwidth. Files may only be downloaded if a teacher has approved and if the file is for school use.
5. Printing can be expensive and ecologically unfriendly. Students should be selective and economical in what they print out.
6. Students are responsible for good behaviour on the Internet just as they are in a classroom or a school corridor. General school rules apply.
7. Using online chat facilities should not be undertaken at school unless as part of a teacher guided activity.
8. File storage devices used in school are not private. Staff may review files and communications to ensure that users are using the system responsibly.
9. Students should use a small laptop bag when carrying their personal laptop and peripherals around school.
10. The school username and password should not be used for registration on other sites or services.
11. Students should only access the Internet via the school network. No ad-hoc networks or personal hotspots are allowed.
The following are not permitted:
- Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
- Using obscene language
- Harassing, insulting or attacking others
- Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks
- Violating copyright laws
- Using others' passwords
- Trespassing (or attempting to trespass) in others' folders, work or files
- Intentionally wasting resources
- Intentionally accessing offensive sites
Don’t forget that when you signed up for your Patana email account you agreed to the following conditions:
"I understand that I am responsible for all emails sent using my Patana email account and promise not to reveal my password to anyone else.
I will always be careful and polite with the emails I send.
I understand that my Patana email account is not private and may be checked from time to time by staff.
I will use my email account only for school approved work.
I will not include any personal contact details (phone number, address etc) in email message.
I understand that if I do not follow the guidance above I will be liable for sanctions set by the school. In extreme cases external agencies may be involved."
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that ICT resources are used only for purposes appropriate to the school. All users of technology must be aware that inappropriate use of ICT may be a violation of Thai law and against the best interests of the school community. This policy is continually subject to review as the availability of systems improve and become more plentiful across the school.
Web Publishing Guidelines for Students
Regarding uploading material to the Internet, the following guidelines must be adhered to by all students:
- Educational Value - Material to be published must not display, access, or link to sites deemed offensive. All published material must have educational value and/or support the school's mission statement, ethos and policies.
- Protect Privacy - At no time shall any student's personal information (home address, e-mail address, or phone number) appear on a public area of the website.
Student Safety - To assure student safety, student's picture and name shall not appear on the same page. A stranger should never be able to connect a student's name with a face.
- Copyright Laws - Adhere to all copyright laws. Please pay particular attention to the copyright laws of Thailand. This means that you cannot use photos and images unless you have the permission of the owner. You cannot use copyrighted music, pictures or video.
- Updating - Students should ensure that web pages they create are maintained and do not contain out of date information. Avoid phrases such as "Yesterday we ..." and "Next Friday we will ..." as they will very quickly be out of date.
A teacher's permission should be obtained for anything school-related that is uploaded.