Acceptable Use of Technology and Digital Resources
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As adapted from Hershey High School’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Derry Township School District understands that using the Internet and accessing technology are essential parts of learning today. In order to provide the most consistent and secure access to the Internet and our districts’ computer network, these guidelines are put in place to adhere to our curriculum as well as meet the varied needs, learning styles, and abilities of all students.
- will make every effort to ensure resources are used properly by students, this includes monitoring online activities of all users and maintaining a secure usage log of all internet usage and electronic communication.
- have a responsibility to determine if any district technology resources are being used for unlawful or prohibited actions AND impose consistent consequences if inappropriate use is found.
- will use technology protection measures such as filters to block Internet access to minors and adults for sites that are obscene or inappropriate.
- must be aware that what they do on the district’s computers or network is subject to inspection. All emails and files can be read and accessed by DTSD. Treat all Internet activity as though someone else might eventually witness it.
- must respect and protect the rights and privacy of ALL users of district technology resources and the Internet.
- must not share account information (specifically passwords) and computers with anyone or log onto a computer as anyone other than themselves.
- must not cyberbully or post anything to the Internet that could harm another person or his/her reputation. Technology shall not be used in any manner that causes another person stress or harm.
- must not use district resources for anything that is against state and federal laws.
- will ensure quality instruction using a variety of technology resources to suit the needs of diverse learners.
- will monitor technology use in their classrooms to ensure appropriate behaviors.
- will apply consistent and effective consequences for inappropriate use of district technological resources, including the Internet.
- will not tolerate ANY cyberbullying or bullying either their classrooms or via technology. Teachers will report any perceived bullying to the administration.
- will themselves adhere to the appropriate use policy for technology and model appropriate Internet and technology etiquette.
Failure to abide by this policy will result in disciplinary action and assuming responsibility for damages caused by actions that do not abide by this policy. Severe infractions will result in contacting the police or other authorities.
Ultimately the goal of the school is to maintain a safe, secure, and productive environment for all students and faculty. Adhering to these policies are the first step in making sure all are successful and safe online!
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While compiling this shortened version of my District’s AUP, I was surprised by how little cyberbullying is identified as being unacceptable and how unclear the consequences are for it. Since I unfortunately see cyberbyllying as a problem that is increasing in today’s society, I found this great resource for online safety and pathways to digital citizenship: CommonsenseMedia’s Cyberbullying Toolkit.
For other teachers, do you think your district does enough to prevent or in the least to deter use of the Internet as a means to bully? Do you have any tips to make AUPs more accessible and meaningful to students?