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The aim of this set of resources is to provide information, practical advice and re-usable templates to support safe Internet practices for schools in Europe to discuss, adapt and use. The resources were identified, trialled and developed as part of the European Commission funded DotSafe project. Partners in eight countries took part in the project and so the materials may be seen as representing a consensus and baseline for Internet safety for schools in Europe.
The materials are in five sections.

1. Internet safety issues
Find here an introduction in the problematic of Internet safety, its issues and scenarios.

Ethical, privacy and legal issues - Internet safety scenarios at school

2. Creating an AUP (Acceptable Use Policy)
This section offers guidance on creating an AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) in addition to providing resources such as a sample AUP and a parent's letter, which can be reused or customised to suit school needs.

Internet safety in context - A school acceptable Use Policy - AUP parents letter - AUP basic guidelines for teachers and students

3. Codes of Practice
Sample codes of practice have been developed as a point of reference or for reuse by schools at primary and post primary level. A sample code of practice for use at home is also provided.

primary schools, post-primary schools and Code of practice at home

4. Integrating the Internet
This section describes
Integrating the Internet ow all aspects of the Internet can be used safely and effectively in a school context. It provides information and guidance on issues such as the World Wide Web, chat rooms, email, newsgroups, message boards and publishing a school website.
Guidelines for teachers to following topics:

online searching, downloading from the Internet, publishing a school's website, publishing a student website, chatrooms, other electronic forums

5. Netiquette Guidelines
This section covers a range of netiquette guidelines, which relate to students and teachers in both primary and post primary schools.

Netiquette - an introduction - Netiquette for Primary schools - Netiquette for Post-primary schools


The materials should be seen and used within the wider context of the DotSafe project. The DotSafe project ran from January 2001 to June 2002 and was a pilot project part-funded by the European Commission under the Internet Action Plan.The Action Plan is part of a set of policies and actions at European level to deal with illegal and harmful content on the Internet, focusing on hotline to report illegal material, rating and filtering systems and awareness actions.

Tove Hauge, Morten S. Hagedal and the Pedagogical reference group: Else Margrete Lillestøl Magerøy, Svein Egil Haugen, Gjermund Eikli for permission to base a number of items on their 'Internet Casuistics'.
The National Association of Advisers for Computers in Education, British Computer Society (Education Committee) and Kent Local Education Authority, in particular Sandra Crapper and Peter Banbury.
Pirjo Sinervo
Carl Harris
Joni Turville
Charlotte Aynsley, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency
Jacquie Disney, Parents Information Network. Note: The Code of Practice for Internet Use at Home uses and adapts material which is copyright Parents Information Network (PIN) UK 2001-2002. All rights reserved. Permission was granted for this usage."

Many other individuals and organisations in Europe and world wide. The project was made possible with European Commission funding.

For any questions the national co-ordinators will reply to you:

Copyright © European Schoolnet 2002. These materials may be copied for non-commercial educational use provided the source is acknowledged.

Web Editor:Margit Hofer
Published: Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002
Last changed: Wednesday, 30 Oct 2002
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