Technology Use Policy in Schools


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Technology Use Policy

According to Bosco (2013), an Acceptable Use Policy (AUM) has two components. First, AUMs protect students from inappropriate and potentially harmful content on the Internet. Second, they provide students with access to the Internet in a safe, learning environment.

Appropriate Use Policies are a MUST when it comes to allowing K-12 students to use the Internet at school. This powerful tool can be great for educational purposes, however, there are many inappropriate ways it can be used as well. Teaching students the rules and regulations when it comes to using the Internet on campus and then having them, as well as their parents, sign the policy will help to ensure the safety of the students.

Bosco, J. (2013). Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy

      Consortium for School Networking.  Retrieved from

      http://www.cosn.org/sites/default/files/pdf/Revised%20AUP%20March%202013_final.pdf

Scholastic: Open a World of Possible (2015). 

     (http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/tech/techpolicy.htm) 


Must be signed by student and parent/guardian of student and returned to homeroom.


Section 1. Purpose of Technology Use

The Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 provides technology resources to its students solely for educational purposes.  Through technology, the District provides access for students and staff to resources from around the world.  Expanding technologies take students and staff beyond the confines of the classroom, and provide tremendous opportunities for enhancing, extending, and rethinking the learning process.  The goal in providing these resources is to promote educational excellence in the District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication with the support and supervision of parents, teachers, and support staff.


Section 2.  The Opportunities and Risks of Technology Use

With access to computers and people all over the world comes the potential availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting, or that may be harmful or disruptive.  Because information on networks is transitory and diverse, the District cannot completely predict or control what users may or may not locate.  The Board of Education believes that the educational value of limited access to the information, interaction, and research capabilities that technology offers outweighs the possibility that users may obtain or encounter material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the District.

In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the District installs and operates filtering software to limit users’ Internet access to materials that are obscene, pornographic, harmful to children, or otherwise inappropriate, or disruptive to the educational process, notwithstanding that such software may in certain cases block access to other materials as well.  At the same time, the District cannot guarantee that filtering software will in all instances successfully block access to materials deemed harmful, indecent, offensive, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate.  The use of filtering software, as explained in the Internet Safety Policy 1250, does not negate or otherwise affect the obligations of users to abide by the terms of this policy and to refrain from accessing such inappropriate materials.

No technology is guaranteed to be error-free or totally dependable, nor is it safe when used irresponsibly.  Among other matters, the District is not liable or responsible for:

  1. Any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable due to technical, or other, difficulties;
  2. The accuracy or suitability of any information that is retrieved through technology;
  3. Breaches of confidentiality;
  4. Defamatory material; or
  5. The consequences that may come from failure to follow District 200 policy and procedures governing the use of technology.

Section 3. Privileges and Responsibilities

The District’s electronic network is part of the curriculum and is not a public forum for general use.  Student users may access technology for only educational purposes.  The actions of student users accessing networks through the District reflect on the School District; therefore, student users must conduct themselves accordingly by exercising good judgment and complying with this policy and any accompanying administrative regulations and guidelines.  Students are responsible for their behavior and communications using the Districts computers and networks.

Student users of technology shall

  • Use or access District technology only for educational purposes
  • Comply with copyright laws and software licensing agreements
  • Understand that email and network files are not private.  Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and monitor responsible student use.
  • Respect the privacy rights of others.
  • Be responsible at all times for the proper use of technology, including proper use of access privileges, complying with all required system security identification codes, and not sharing any codes or passwords.
  • Maintain the integrity of technological resources from potentially damaging messages, physical abuse, or viruses.
  • Abide by the policies and procedures of networks and systems linked by technology.

Student users of technology shall not:

  • Access, download, create, send or display offensive messages or pictures.
  • Use harassing, offensive, obscene or defamatory language.
  • Harass or attack others;
  • Vandalize or damage computer equipment, systems, networks, hardware, software, data or programs;
  • Knowingly spread computer viruses;
  • Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements;
  • Use others’ passwords or accounts;
  • Misrepresent themselves or others;
  • Trespass in others’ folders, work, or files, or gain unauthorized access to resource or entities;
  • Reveal their personal address or phone number, or those of other users;
  • Use District technology for non-school purposes or personal financial gain or to access or attempt to access restricted websites or other information unrelated to the curriculum and educational purposes of the school; and
  • Use technology for any illegal purpose or activity.

Students may access the networks and technology resources only after submitting a signed Acceptable Use of Technology Consent Form.  Parent or guardian permission is also required for minors.


Section 4.  Disciplinary Actions

Violations of this policy, or any administrative regulations and guidelines governing the use of technology, may result in disciplinary action which could include loss of network access, loss of technology use, suspension or expulsion, or other appropriate disciplinary action.  Violations of local, state or federal law may subject students to prosecution by appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Student's Signature __________________________________________________


Parent's Signature____________________________________________________


Acceptable Use Policy. (n.d) Retrieved August 20, 2015 from http://www.oprfhs.org/Educational

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