Safe and Responsible Use Plan Template
(It is envisioned that an amended form of this template can be presented
by the district as an information guide for parents and community members.
This document sets forth the district's plan in a version that communicates
information more effectively than a policy document.)
is a global information and communication network that provides a tremendous
opportunity to bring previously unimaginable education and information
opportunities to our students. Through the Internet, students can access
up-to-date, highly relevant information that will enhance their learning.
Students also have the opportunity to communicate with other people
from throughout the world. Use of the Internet for enriching educational
activities will assist in preparing students for success in life and
work in the 21st Century.
is, however, a public space. As is true with all public spaces, there
is a potential that students may come into contact with potentially
harmful or inappropriate material or people. Therefore use of the Internet
by young people necessarily raises concerns about safety and security.
Young people may also use the Internet to engage in actions that are
ethical, legal and responsible. Schools that provide Internet access
to students have an obligation to help students learn to use the Internet
in a safe and responsible manner.
Internet Safe and Responsible Use Plan addresses the strategies the
District will utilize to create an environment that will support the
safe and responsible use of the Internet by students. The District's
Internet Safe and Responsible Use Policy and Regulations contain the
specific guidelines necessary to implement this Plan. The Student Internet
Use Policy addresses student responsibilities related to this Plan.
Through this Plan the district seeks to:
an appropriate environment that will support the safe and responsible
use of the Internet by students in school
to students the knowledge, skills, and motivation to use the Internet
in a safe and responsible manner regardless of where or how they have
access to the Internet.
are the core components of the District Internet Safe and Responsible
on the Educational Purpose The district Internet system has not
been provided as a public access or personal Internet service. Use of
the district Internet system is limited to those activities which support
education, enrichment, and career development. The district has engaged
and will continue to engage in activities that support the educational
use of the system. These activities include professional development
for teachers in the use of technology for instructional purposes, technical
and instructional support for teachers, and the provision of Internet-based
lesson plans. The district has (will) also established an educational
web site that provides direct links to previewed, good quality educational
materials. Electronic communication activities are limited to educationally
related activities and will occur within secure environments.
About the Safe and Responsible Use Teachers, administrators and
students will learn about issues related to the safe and responsible
use of the Internet. Students will receive instructions about protecting
their personal information when communicating on the Internet. Issues
related to safe and responsible activities on the Internet will also
be addressed in other areas of the curriculum, such discussing issues
of sexual violence in sex education classes, and discussing hate literature
in social science classes. The district will also be providing information
to parents about these issues.
and Monitoring Student use of the Internet will be supervised by
teachers in a manner that is appropriate for the age of the students
and circumstances of use. Computers used by students will be positioned
so that the screens are generally visible, to facilitate supervision.
The district will also monitor student Internet use. Users will be made
aware that they have a very limited expectation of privacy when they
use the Internet at school. Routine monitoring may reveal evidence of
inappropriate activities and an individualized search of their activities
or their personal files may occur if there is a reasonable suspicion
of inappropriate activity. Notice will be provided to students regarding
Misuse of the Internet by students will be addressed in accord with
the student disciplinary code. Misuse of the Internet may result in
restrictions placed on student use of the Internet.
components will be implemented in different ways depending on the age
of the students and circumstances of use. The primary focus for elementary
students will be on maintaining a safe and secure environment. As students
become older the focus will expand to address strategies that will help
students learn to independently make safe and responsible choices in
their behavior when using the Internet.
to Inappropriate Material
Appropriate Usage Elementary students will use the education web
site or classroom web sites as their primary source of access to materials
on the Internet. Teachers will closely supervise any access to the Internet
that is outside of this restricted environment. Secondary students will
use the education web site, but also may access material from elsewhere
on the Internet. Students will receive instruction, appropriate to their
age, regarding strategies avoiding the inadvertent access of inappropriate
material and what to do if they accidentally access such material.
Restricted, and Limited Access Material The District has identified
the following types of material as Prohibited, Restricted, and Limited
Material Prohibited Material may not be accessed by the students
or staff at any time, for any purpose. This material includes material
that is obscene, child pornography, material that is considered harmful
to minors, as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act. The
district designated the following types of materials as Prohibited:
Obscene materials, child pornography, material that appeals to a prurient
or unhealthy interest in, or depicts or describes in a patently offensive
way, violence, nudity, sex, death, or bodily functions, material that
has been designated as for "adults" only, and material that
promotes or advocates illegal activities.
Material Restricted Material may not be accessed by elementary or
middle school students at any time for any purpose. Restricted Material
may be accessed by high school students in the context of specific learning
activities that have been approved by a teachers or by staff for legitimate
research or professional development purposes. Materials that may arguably
fall within the description provided for Prohibited Material that have
clear educational relevance, such as material with literary, artistic,
political, or scientific value, will be considered to be Restricted.
In addition, Restricted Material includes materials that promote or
advocate the use of alcohol and tobacco , hate and discrimination, satanic
and cult group membership, school cheating, and weapons. Sites that
contain personal advertisements or facilitate making online connections
with other people are Restricted unless such sites have been specifically
approved by the school.
Access Material Limited Access Material is material that is generally
considered to be non-educational or entertainment. Limited Access Material
may be accessed in the context of specific learning activities that
are directed by a teacher or during periods of time that a school may
designate as "open access" time. Limited Access Material includes
such material as electronic commerce, games, jokes, recreation, entertainment,
sports, and investments.
Protection Measure The District has installed and will enforce the
use of a Technology Protection Measure. A Technology Protection Measure
is a specific technology that is designed to protect against access
to inappropriate material. More information about the Technology Protection
Measure and the manner in which it is configured for use within the
District is available from (who). (District has implemented procedures
that will enable staff to unblock access to a site that contains appropriate
material that has been mistakenly or inappropriately blocked.
and Personal Values There is a wide range of material available
on the Internet, some of which may not be fitting with the particular
values of the families of the students. It is not possible for the district
to monitor and enforce a wide range of social values in student use
of the Internet. Parents/guardians are encouraged to specify to their
children what material is and is not acceptable in accord with their
family values for their children to access through the district system.
and Security of Students When Using Electronic Communication
students will use either classroom e-mail accounts (or have individual
e-mail accounts where all communication is readily accessible by their
teacher.) Secondary students may have an individual e-mail account to
support educational activities. Students may participate in real time
electronic communication activities under the direct supervision of
a teacher or in moderated environments that have been established to
support educational activities and have been approved by the school.
Student accounts will be established with a username that will protect
the personal identity of the student. Students will receive instruction
in privacy and communication safety standards when using electronic
communications and other Internet services.
may not engage in activities that are illegal, utilize inappropriate
language, engage in plagiarism or copyright infringement or engage in
actions that jeopardize the security of the system when using the district
Disclosure, Use, and Dissemination of Personal Information Regarding
Internet system will be used in a manner that protects the confidentiality
of information about students and is fully in accord with the student
confidentiality protection requirements of federal law, state law, and
district policy. The Student Internet Use Policy contains limits regarding
student disclosure of personal information about themselves or others.
The District Policy and Regulations also contain provisions addressing
staff requirements regarding confidentiality and disclosure of student
personal information. Any such disclosures will be
the nature of the Internet, there can be no absolute guarantee that
the implementation of the safe and responsible use measures contained
in this Plan, including the Technology Protection Measure, will fully
protected against access to material or people that may be considered
inappropriate or potentially harmful. The district will not be responsible
for any damage students may suffer if they accidentally or intentionally
are exposed to such materials or people. Use of the system by students
will be limited to those students whose parents have signed a disclaimer
of claims for damages against the district.
and Community Involvement
Internet Safe and Responsible Use Plan, Policy, and Regulations were
developed based on input and feedback from staff, students, parents,
and the community. The district's (name) Committee will engage in ongoing
analysis of the Plan, Policy, and Regulations and will make recommendations
to District Administration and the Board regarding possible amendments
and implementation strategies. Any member of the school community, including
staff, students, parents, and community members, may submit information
regarding concerns or recommendations to this Committee (how).