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Stanislaus COE |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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The Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools intends that technology resources provided by the Stanislaus County Office of Education be used in a safe, responsible, and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. All students using these resources shall receive instruction in their proper and appropriate use.

(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 County Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians about authorized uses of SCOE computers, user obligations and responsibilities, and consequences for unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities in accordance with SCOE regulations and the SCOE's Acceptable Use Agreement.

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

(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)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

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

Use of County Office Computers for Online Services/Internet Access

The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all SCOE-owned technology resources and equipment 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)

To reinforce these measures, the County 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 County 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 County Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding safe and appropriate behavior on social networking sites, 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 SCOE computers to access social networking sites is prohibited. To the extent possible, the County Superintendent or designee shall block access to such sites on SCOE computers with Internet access.

Before a student is authorized to use SCOE technology, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return the Student Acceptable Use Agreement. In that agreement, the parent/guardian shall agree not to hold the SCOE or any SCOE staff responsible for the failure of any technology protection measures or user mistakes or negligence and shall agree to indemnify and hold harmless the SCOE and SCOE staff for any damages or costs incurred. (Exhibit 6163.4).

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

49073.6 Student records; social media

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

COURT DECISIONS

New Jersey v. T.L.O., (1985) 469 U.S. 325

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

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

California Department of Education's Data Privacy Website: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/ed/dataprivacy.asp

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

Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.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 STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: November 16, 2009 Modesto, California

revised: May 31, 2018