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La Canada USD |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology (Internet)   

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The Governing Board recognizes that technology provides ways to access the most current and extensive sources of information. Technology also enables students to practice skills and to develop reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Every effort shall be made to provide equal access to technology throughout the district's schools and classes.

The 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 of unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities in accordance with district regulations and the district's Student Technology and the Internet Responsible Use agreement.

Before using the district's on-line resources, each student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return a Responsible Use Agreement specifying user obligations and responsibilities. In that agreement, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall agree to not 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, loss of service, violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence, or any costs incurred by users.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

Use of District Computers for Online Services/Internet Access

The Board intends that the internet and other on-line resources provided by the district be used to support the instructional program and further student learning.

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 7001, 47 USC 254)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations governing student access to technology that are age appropriate. These regulations shall prohibit access to harmful matter on the internet which may be obscene or pornographic and preclude other misuses of the system. In addition, these regulations shall establish the fact that users have no expectation of privacy and that district staff may monitor or examine all system activities to ensure proper use of the system. Students who fail to abide by district rules shall be subject to disciplinary action, revocation of user access to district technology services and tools, and legal action as appropriate.

To reinforce these measures, the superintendent or designee shall implement rules and procedures designed to restrict students' access to harmful or inappropriate manner on the Internet and to ensure that students do not engage in unauthorized or unlawful online activities. Staff shall supervise students while using on-line services and may ask teacher aides and student aides to assist in this supervision.

The Superintendent or designee shall also establish regulations and guidelines to address the safety and security of students' information when using email, chat rooms, and other forms of 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 may 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 public, unmonitored social networking sites is prohibited. To the extent possible, the Superintendent or designee shall block access to such sites on district computers with internet access. The district may provide access to private, district monitored and protected social networking sites for the purpose of fostering online classroom learning and collaboration while teaching appropriate on-line behavior.

In order to help ensure that the district adapts to changing technologies and circumstances, the Superintendent or designee shall regularly review this policy, the accompanying administrative regulation, the Student Technology and Internet Responsible Use Agreement, and other procedures. He/she shall also monitor the district's filtering software to help ensure its effectiveness.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

51006 Computer education and resources

51007 Programs to strengthen technological skills

51870-51874 Education technology

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 protection measures, E-rate discounts

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

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

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION PUBLICATIONS

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

MY SPACE.COM PUBLICATIONS

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

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

American Library Association: http://www.ala.org

California Coalition for Children's Internet Safety: http://www.cybersafety.ca.gov

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: http://csriu.org

Federal Communications Commission: http://www.fcc.gov

Federal Trade Commission, Children's Online Privacy Protection: http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Web Wise Kids: http://www.webwisekids.org

Policy LA CA–ÅDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 10, 2012 La Ca𠣡 Flintridge, California