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Vista USD |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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The Board of Trustees 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 district is pleased to be able to offer individualized instruction to students through a variety of technological resources. In some instances, the district will offer educational websites or applications that utilize personal information of students, such as name, screen name, user name, etc., in order to provide the individualized instruction. A list of such websites and applications and links to their terms and conditions may be found on the district website.

Additionally, the district avoids websites and applications that market or sell student personal information. Should such a website or application be utilized for educational purposes, it will be identified on the district website and parents have the right to opt out of student use of such websites and applications.

Acceptable Use Agreement

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 and the district's Acceptable Use Agreement.

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 regulation, and other relevant procedures 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.

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, pornographic, or harmful to minors and that the operation of such measures is enforced. (20 USC 6777, 47 USC 254)

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 also shall establish regulations to address the safety and security of students and student information when using computer mediated communication tools like email, chat, social networking, discussion forums, and other forms of direct electronic communication.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide age­appropriate 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 prohibited. To the extent possible, the Superintendent or designee shall block access to such sites on district computers with Internet access.

Password Usage

The Superintendent or designee shall establish guidelines for strong password creation, the protection of password, and the frequency of change.

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

6501­6506 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

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

6777 Internet safety

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 47

254 Universal service discounts (E­rate)

BOARD POLICY NO. 6163.4 ­ Page 3

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 16

312.1­312.12 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 47

54.520 Internet safety policy and technology protection measures, E­rate discounts

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

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

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION PUBLICATIONS

WEB SITES

Common Sense Media: http://www.commonsensemedia.org 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 VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 23, 2011 Vista, California

revised: November 19, 2015