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Beverly Hills USD |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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The Board of Education believes the use of technology in school provides students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life, and society. The Board expects the technological resources provided by the district be used in a safe, responsible, courteous, legal, and proper manner in support of the district's educational mission, instructional programs, and the advancement of student learning. Every effort shall be made to provide access to technology throughout the district's schools and classes.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians about authorized uses of the computers and technological resources made available by the district, user obligations and responsibilities, and consequences for unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities, in accordance with district regulations and the district's Acceptable Use Policy.

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

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

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

Before using the district's online resources, each student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return an Acceptable Use Policy, specifying user obligations and responsibilities. In that agreement, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall agree not to hold the district responsible and shall agree to indemnify and hold harmless the district and all district personnel for the failure of any technology protection measures, violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence, or any costs incurred by users.

In order to enhance the safety and security of students using the district's technological resources and to help ensure that the district adapts to changing technologies and circumstances, the Superintendent or designee, with input from students and appropriate staff members, shall regularly review and update this policy, the accompanying administrative regulation and other procedures. The Superintendent or designee shall also monitor the district's filtering software to help ensure its effectiveness.

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 is enforced. (20 USC 6777, 47 USC 254)

The Board desires to protect students from access to harmful matter on the Internet or other online services. 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.

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

Disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding students are prohibited.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations governing student access to technologies that are age appropriate. These regulations shall comply with Education Code 51870.5 which prohibits access to harmful matter on the Internet which may be obscene or pornographic as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 313 of the Penal Code and preclude other misuses of the system. The regulations shall also comply with the Internet Safety Policy requirement of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and address:

1. Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web

2. The safety and security of minors when using electronic resources such as mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications

3. Unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities by minors online

4. Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors

5. Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials harmful to minors

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.

In addition, these regulations shall establish the fact that users of district technology shall have no expectation of privacy and that district staff will monitor and examine online activities to ensure proper use of the system and Internet access. Students who fail to abide by district rules shall be subject to disciplinary action, revocation of the user account and legal action as appropriate.

At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians shall receive a copy of the district's Acceptable Use Policy regarding access by students to the Internet and online sites (Education Code 48980).

Legal Reference:


51006 Computer education and resources

51007 Programs to strengthen technological skills

60044 Prohibited instructional materials


313 Harmful matter

502 Computer crimes, remedies

632 Eavesdropping on or recording confidential communications

653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety


6501-6506 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act


6751-6777 Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, Title II, Part D, especially:

6777 Internet safety


254 Universal service discounts (E-rate)


312.1-312.12 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act


54.520 Internet safety policy and technology protection measures, E-rate discounts

Management Resources:


Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007


How to Protect Kids' Privacy Online: A Guide for Teachers, December 2000


The Official School Administrator's Guide to Understanding MySpace and Resolving Social Networking Issues



American Library Association:

California Coalition for Children's Internet Safety:

California Department of Education:

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use:

Federal Communications Commission:

Federal Trade Commission, Children's Online Privacy Protection:

U.S. Department of Education:

Web Wise Kids:


adopted: February 26, 2015 Beverly Hills, California