Acceptable Use Policies

An Acceptable Use policy needs to be provided for all school Internet users, not just students, and needs to cover computer equipment as well as Internet access.

In addition, a well-written Acceptable Use policy can be used as a teaching tool.

The recommendation is that clear expectations and guidelines should be conveyed to parents and students, whatever the position adopted by your school.

Many educators suggest that this issue be discussed directly with students, beginning in, say, about grades 3 or 4, as one would discuss other sensitive issues.

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Kent City Community Schools Acceptable Use Policy

Kent City Community Schools is an example of a well written Acceptable Use Policy. It includes topics such as use of personally-owned devices ("turned off and put away during school hours"), netiquette, plagiarism, examples of acceptable & unacceptable use, and violation consequences.  learn more

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Read Any Good Technology Policies Lately?

This post from the Association of School Administrators encourages regular reviews of your district's policies regarding technology and should become an ongoing topic of discussion. Policies should cover Internet and technology usage, security and websites. Involving your technology staff in district discussions will help you identify potential problems before they becomes a significant issues.  learn more

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Rice's Appropriate Use of Computer Resources Policy

Rice University's acceptable use policy covers areas such as... use of resources, interference or impairment to the activities of others, unauthorized access, commercial activities, violation of city, state or federal laws, when inappropriate use of computer resources occurs, and where to go with questions. Use policy statements like this as a checklist to ensure your…  learn more

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Sample Public Computer Station Use Policy

While there are different expectations for public library Internet access, this Acceptable Use statement from the West Des Moines Public Library looks at topics like... who is responsible for offensive material on the Internet ("contact the original producer or distributor of that work directly"), no guarantee confidentiality over the Internet, compliance with United States Copyright…  learn more

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US Digital Literacy: Responsible & Acceptable Use Guidelines

Teaching digital citizenship is an integrated process as technology continues to transform how our students learn. Putting guidelines for usage in place sets the tone for responsible learning with digital tools.  learn more