School Districts and classroom teachers must develop guidelines and policies that protect students. These guidelines should be clearly stated, so students and parents understand what is expected of them while using the technology that is made available.
The purposes of these guidelines are to:
Identify the possible dangers of students publishing identifying information on the Internet.
Provide information and govern how students how students’ information should be allowed on the Internet.
Recognize the advantages of allowing students to publish identifying information on the Internet.
Once these guidelines are set, districts and classrooms should develop an acceptable use policy (AUP).
The AUP policy should include:
The preamble to explain the need and goals of the policy.
The definition section to define key words and terms used in the policy.
A policy statement that informs students of the circumstances by which they can use the computer or other device.
The acceptable uses section that informs students of the appropriate uses of the school network.
An unacceptable uses section that provides clear examples of what constitutes unacceptable student use.
And, a violations/sanctions section that informs students how best to report violations of the policy.
This policy should be written in a student-friendly format and sighed by the student and the parent.
Some examples include: