6163.4 BP - Student Use Of Technology

Instruction
Board Policy No. 6163.4

Policy adopted: January 22, 2015

STUDENT USE OF TECHNOLOGY

The Governing Board intends that technological resources provided by the District be used in a safe, responsible, and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning.

The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians about authorized uses of district computers, user obligations, and responsibilities, and consequences for unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities in accordance with district regulations.

Before a student is authorized to use the district's technological resources, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return the Acceptable Use Agreement specifying user obligations and responsibilities. In that agreement, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall agree not to hold the district or any district staff responsible for the failure of any technology protection measures, violations of copyright restrictions, or user mistakes or negligence. They shall also agree to indemnify and hold harmless the district and district personnel for any damages or costs incurred.

The Superintendent or designee, with input from students and appropriate staff, shall regularly review and update this policy, the accompanying administrative regulations, and other relevant procedures to enhance the safety and security of student’s using the district’s technological resources and to help ensure that the district adapts to changing technologies and circumstances.

Use of district computers for Online Services/Internet Access

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all District computers with Internet access have a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors, and that the operation of such measures in enforced.

To reinforce these measures, the Superintendent or designee shall implement rules and procedures designed to restrict students’ access to harmful or inappropriate matter on the Internet and to ensure that students do not engage in unauthorized or unlawful online activities. Staff shall supervise students while they are using online services and may have teacher aides, student aides, and volunteers assist in this supervision.

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

The Superintendent or designee also shall establish regulations to address the safety and security of students and student information when using email, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding safe and appropriate behavior on social networking sites, chat rooms, and other Internet services. Such instruction shall include, but not be limited to, the dangers of posting personal information online, misrepresentation by online predators, how to report inappropriate or offensive content or threats, behaviors that constitute cyberbullying, and how to respond when subjected to cyberbullying.

Student use of district computers to access social networking sites is limited and under the direction of classroom teachers as it applies to the educational program.

Legal Reference:

Education Code
51006 Computer education and resources
51007 Programs to strengthen technological skills
60044 Prohibited instructional materials

Penal Code
313 Harmful matter
502 Computer crimes, remedies
632 Eavesdropping on or recording confidential communications
653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 15
6501-6506 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6751-6777 Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, Title II, Part D, especially:
6777 Internet safety
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 47
254 Universal service discounts (E-rate)
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 16
312.1-312.12 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 47
54.520 Internet safety policy and technology prot
ection measures, E-rate discounts

 

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