E-Safety & Acceptable Use Policy
Friends Centre recognises the benefits and opportunities which new technologies offer to teaching and learning. We provide free internet access at both our sites to all learners to encourage the use of technologies in order to enhance skills, promote achievement and enable lifelong learning. However, the accessibility and global nature of the internet and different technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.
Acceptable Use Policy
- Users must not view any websites that could be considered adult or pornographic, offensive, obscene or contain indecent material. The Friends Centre reserves the right to decide whether or not a website is inappropriate. If you are unsure about a website you wish to visit please ask at reception. Game playing will not be tolerated on PCs as these facilities are prioritised for the use of improving IT skills, job searching (finding out about work or voluntary work), CV writing, letter writing, emailing and keeping in contact with people, surfing useful sites.
- Users must only use their own account. Users may not give their log-ins and passwords to other people. Users should always log off after use.
- Users must not publish defamatory and/or knowingly false material about their colleagues, friends or about Friends Centre or it’s students/clients on social networking sites, (Facebook, Twitter etc) ‘blogs’ (online journals), ‘wikis’ and any online publishing format.
- Users must not try to alter Friends Centre software or try to hack into or damage the computers.
- Users must use computers for no longer than one hour at busy times and if asked to finish a session by Friends Centre staff must do so immediately.
- Users must treat the Friends Centre staff and all other users, with respect at all times. Any rudeness and/or aggression towards staff or other users will NOT be tolerated.
- As part of our safeguarding policy, users bringing children (under 16) must supervise them at all times and children should not use the computers.
- Computer use is continuously monitored for establishing the existence of facts and preventing or detecting crime. If we suspect a user is breaking the guidelines above, we will block your account. You can then discuss this incident with our Support Officers who will decide if you can continue to use our computers. If you disagree with this decision, your case will be referred to the Centre Manager for further discussion.