Internet Safety

Internet Safety Guidelines

  • Parents and Users. Despite every effort for supervision and filtering, all users and their parents/guardians are
    advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials inappropriate for
    school-aged students. Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the network and Internet and
    avoid these sites.
  • Personal Safety. In using the network and Internet, users should not reveal personal information such as home
    address or telephone number. Users should never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone "met" on the
    Internet without a parent's permission.
  • Confidentiality of Student Information. Personally identifiable information concerning students may not be
    disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a parent or guardian. Users should never
    give out private or confidential information about themselves or others on the Internet.
  • Active Restriction Measures. The District will utilize filtering software or other technologies to prevent students
    from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful to minors. The use of
    anonymous proxies to get around the content filter is strictly prohibited and will be considered a violation of this
    policy. The school will also monitor the online activities of students, through direct observation and/or
    technological means.

Use of New Web Tool Guidelines:

Online communication is critical to our students' learning of 21st Century Skills and tools such as blogging and
podcasting offer an authentic, real-world vehicle for student expression. Again, as educators, our primary
responsibility to students is their safety. Hence, expectations for classroom blog, student protected e-mail, podcast
projects or other Web interactive use must follow all established Internet safety guidelines.
Blogging/Podcasting Terms and Conditions:
  • The use of blogs, podcasts or other web 2.0 tools are considered an extension of your classroom. Therefore, any
    speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate in all uses of blogs, podcasts, or
    other web 2.0 tools. This includes but is not limited to profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks.
  • Students using blogs, podcasts or other web tools are expected to act safely by keeping ALL personal
    information out of their posts.
  • A student should NEVER post personal information on the web (including, but not limited to, last names,
    personal details including address or phone numbers, or photographs). Do not, under any circumstances, agree
    to meet someone you have met over the Internet.
  • Any personal blog a student creates in class is directly linked to the class blog which is typically linked to the
    student profile, and therefore must follow these blogging guidelines. In addition to following the information
    above about not sharing too much personal information (in the profile or in any posts/comments made),
    students need to realize that anywhere they use that login it links back to the class blog. Therefore, anywhere
    that login is used (posting to a separate personal blog, commenting on someone else's blog, etc.), the account
    should be treated the same as a school blog and follow these guidelines. Comments made on blogs should be
    monitored and - if they are inappropriate - deleted.
  • Never link to web sites from your blog or blog comment without reading the entire article to make sure it is
    appropriate for a school setting.
  • Students using such tools agree to not share their user name or password with anyone besides their teachers
    and parents and treat blogspaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is also
    inappropriate for a blog.
  • Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in the project
    and/or be subject to consequences appropriate to misuse.