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Internet Security and Use of Technology Policy

Undesirable Materials: The School will take all possible precautions to restrict access to undesirable materials including, but not limited to, installing content filtering software/hardware solutions on its network or using an Internet provider which uses content filtering software on its equipment to screen all Internet web sites by URL and/or by keyword search. However, students must also accept responsibility for restricting access to these materials. Students who gain access to undesirable Internet materials must report this material to their teacher.

 

Security: Students must not allow others to use their network accounts (both Internet and School accounts). Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Designated school personnel may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on school file servers will always be private.

 

E-Mail: Unauthorized student use of email is not allowed.

 

Social Networking, Blogging, Chat and Other User Groups: Student use of social networking, blogging, chat and other user groups is not allowed without approval from the supervising teacher.

 

Copyright and Citations: Any copyrighted materials are subject to the Fair Use provision of copyrighted materials as it relates to education. Internet materials used in reports or other documents must be cited. If there is no direct citation, the Uniform Resource Location (URL) must be cited. The use of internet sources without proper citation constitutes plagiarism.

 

Downloading: Downloading from the Internet without approval from the supervising teacher is not allowed.

 

Private Internet Providers: Students may not use school computers to access private Internet providers.

 

Acceptable Internet Usage: The School will ensure age-appropriate internet usage among students who use its internet facilities. This will enforce the School's commitment to student safety with regard to:

 

  1. safety on the Internet; and
  2. appropriate behavior while online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms, including but not limited to:
  •  Unauthorized access including "hacking" and other unlawful activities undertaken online by minors;
  •  Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors;
  •  Cyberbullying awareness and response. The school considers even students' private use of computers and the internet to bully other students worthy of a consequence;
  •  Other behavior determined to be threatening, intimidating or otherwise inappropriate in any way.

 

Telephones: Students are prohibited from using school telephones. In the event of an emergency, students may be allowed to use school telephones, but only at the discretion of school staff members.