An Acceptable Use and Filtering Policy for a School District/System

After reading my district’s Computer/Internet Operations and a nearby district’s AUP, I created an abbreviated version for students and parents. My version contains most of the information in the policies I read, but in a friendlier fashion. After reading my version, please let me know if I missed anything of importance.

Students:

1. The use of the internet is a privilege. All technology tools, use and communication while on the school property is limited to educational use only, at all times. Students are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner in accordance with school policy, the accepted rules of netiquette and state and federal laws. Respect the rights of others while online.

2. Do not expect privacy or confidentiality. Personal computing devices, including cell phones and flashdrives, while used on school property or while working on school assignments for collaboration are subject to monitoring. All material and information accessed or received through district computers and the district network will become property of the school district.

3. Be responsible. The technology tools that are brought to school, and the use of the school’s technology tools/computers is your responsibility. Students are responsible for any damage of technology, or loss of any technology or information accessed through technology.

Parents:

1. A blocking filter is in place. Information and visual depictions of obscene, child pornography, harm to minors, extreme violence or promotion of hacking are prohibited. Electronic information that is available does not imply the school’s endorsement of the content or ads. It also does not guarantee accuracy of the information.

2. Password security and internet safety are priorities. Students are given passwords that are not to be shared. The students’ educational community, including parents, teachers, staff and administration have the responsibility to work together to develop online appropriate behavior, “netiquette,” including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, as well as cyber bullying and response to it.

3. Please contact a school administrator if: You suspect cyber bullying or concerns about password or internet use at school, or if students are collaborating on school projects inappropriately while using the internet.

For more information: Children’s Internet Protection Act or Children’s Internet Protection Act (Pub. L. 106-554)

C.I.P.A. Resources. E-Rate Central. Retrieved on July 8,2014 from C.I.P.A. Resources.

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5 thoughts on “An Acceptable Use and Filtering Policy for a School District/System

  1. Debrah,
    I really liked the Safebook diagram included in your post. I also thought that the way you divided your form into two parts (students & parents) was a good idea. The wording is very kid friendly and easy to understand.

    • I also agree, you developed such a approachable format for the policy. Kids and parents alike would be more inclined to actually read the document because it is not only shorter, but highlights the key points.

  2. Do you think there are an obligations for students/parents or districts beyond just avoiding negative behavior?

    • I feel that parents should receive training/information sessions to keep them informed of any changes in the technology or filtering used by the district. Parents should monitor student use of tech at home, but that might be difficult to account. Training of teachers would be essential. Teaching of netiquette and good use of the right tech tools would be taught to students. I liked the following idea presented in the video interviews with IT’s: Community input would be a great idea in establishing the AUP. The community team could include parents, students, teachers, IT’s and school board members.
      A form of agreement by parents and students should be signed.
      Disciplinary action according to current school actions/policy and laws should be discussed with students and parents prior to tech use yearly.

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