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Acceptable Use Policy for High School IT (Web2.0)

Acceptable Use Policy for High School IT (Web2.0)



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High School Acceptable Use Policy for computer access using Web2.0. Yep I made it and you can leech it.
High School Acceptable Use Policy for computer access using Web2.0. Yep I made it and you can leech it.

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Parramatta Marist High School - Information Technology Access Policy 1/4/2008
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING POLICY AND COMPLETE THE PERMISSIONNOTICE ON THE LAST PAGE OF THE DOCUMENT. THIS POLICY IS IMPORTANT TOTHE SAFE OPERATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT OUR SCHOOL FORSTAFF, STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY.The international education communityrecognizes that as telecommunications and other new technologies shift the ways thatinformation may be accessed, communicated and transmitted, those changes may alsoalter teaching and learning. Telecommunications, electronic information sources andnetworked services significantly transform the information landscape for schools byopening classrooms to a broader array of resources (including, but not limited to,thousands of libraries and databases).While materials accessed are expected to support and enrich official curricula,telecommunications potentially opens classrooms to electronic information resources thathave not been screened by educators for use by students.The school believes that the benefits to students far outweigh any potentialdisadvantages. Developing the skills to analyse and evaluate electronic resources is animportant skill necessary for participation in a free and democratic information society.Parramatta Marist High School supports access by students to the rich informationsources available through the internet and multimedia technologies, and attempts toprovide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources.The school attempts to provide continuous access tohttp://pmonline.parramarist.nsw.edu.au/. However, the school provides not guarantees or warranties that students at home, are solely accessing this website. Parents should beaware that in the course of their son/ward’s studies, that adequate security andsupervision is provided to ensure that their son/ward is accessing appropriate informationsafely out of school.The proper use of access to electronic information sources is the joint responsibility of students, parents and school staff. Supervised use of electronic communication systemsis an essential part of schooling in the information technology era in which we live. Theschool adopts structured ways of engaging with the multiplicity of new technologies, tominimize any apparent welfare risk, while developing students’ ability to make productiveand critical use of telecommunications and multimedia resources.Independent student use of telecommunications and electronic information resources willonly be permitted where students and their parents or guardians provide writtenacknowledgement that students agree to act in accordance with the standards of conductestablished in this policy document.Students are responsible for good behaviour on school computer networks just as theyare in a school classroom or corridor. Communications on the network are often public innature. General rules for behaviour and communication apply, as do specific rulesapplicable to telecommunications access.
Rules For Acceptable Use
Use of the Internet and other electronic communication services must be in support of responsible educational and research purposes and must be consistent with schoolcurriculum objectives. Use of the Internet and other electronic communication services isa privilege and not a right. Inappropriate use will result in termination of that privilege andwill subject a student to school disciplinary action.The following acts are specificallyprohibited:
A. Illegal Activities
i.Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures, or accessing, uploading,
downloading or distributingpornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material;ii.Violating copyright laws (including copying and transmitting document, software, musicand/or video files withoutlicense; and plagiarising - copying and presenting as one’s own, the work of others foundon the global internet or local intranet);iii.Accessing, downloading or transmitting any material in violation of any law of theCommonwealth of Australia or theState of New South Wales; or distributing material protected by state or federal laws;iv.Hacking or attempting to gain unauthorized access to the files or network services of anyorganization or individual;
B. Inappropriate Language & Harassment
(in any electronic communication – including email or web pages)i.Using vulgar or obscene language in any electronic communication;ii.Harassing, insulting, defaming, or attacking others;iii.“Spamming” other users by sending unsolicited junk email (including chain letters);ivAccessing any website deemed, in the opinion of the Principal as Social Networking,typically charaterised as a website that allows the instant publishing of information. Notlimited to, but including My Space, Facebook and Bebo. Specific permission must begranted to use such sites by the principal, and must only be accessed under the explicitsupervision of staff.v.Commenting on ‘blogs’ or other ‘social network’ websites without permission of thesupervising teacher vi.
Games and Personal Entertainment
. Any internet site that provides access to
onlinegames, gaming forums, downloadable games, ring tones
or other digital media notdirectly related to the area of study
at the time it is being accessed.C. Endangering Personal Safety
i.Revealing your own or someone else’s personal contact information (home address,telephone number,passport details, id numbers, etc.) to other individuals over the internet;ii.Arranging to meet people contacted over the internet without parental approval;
D. Breaching System Security
i.Intentionally spreading viruses, worms, chain letters, or trojans;ii.Vandalising any computers or peripheral equipment, computer systems or computer networks;iii.Altering, moving or deleting the files belonging to others;iv.Using another's password, or providing your password to another person;v.
Gaining unauthorized access to the network, including use of the network on someoneelse’s login;vi.Accessing chat lines (such as ICQ, IRC, Messenger or unauthorized telnet services);vii.Using magnetic, optical or ‘flash’ memory media on the school network that have notbeen checked for viruses;viii.Installing any software on a school computer without permission from the Head of Information Technology.ix.Storing, accessing or using any executable file, sound file or audio file from itemsidentified in (viii).x.Attempting or accessing the network without providing the assigned user name andpassword at the log-on screen.xi.Using any internet ‘service’ that attempts to ‘spoof’,’mask’ or ‘hide’ its identity from theschool network security. This activity is characterised as attempting to access sites that,under normal network activity, would be ‘banned’ by the school network security.Typically, these sites are known as ‘proxy’ sites.
E. Invading Privacy
i.Trespassing in another's folders, work or files;ii.Reposting a message that was sent to you privately, without permission of the originalsender;
F. Misuse of Limited Resources
 i.Employing the network for commercial purposes or political lobbying;ii.Use of Email accounts for other than educational purposes during class time;iii. Studentsmust ONLY use email provided and monitored by the Parramatta Catholic EducationOffice, via CeNet. No personal or private email accounts are to be accessed.
G. Social Networking and Web2.0 technologies.
Social Networking is considered to be any website that allows users to publish digitalinformation instantly or as a result of being a ‘member’ of a service application. Generallythis activity is characterised by concepts such as ‘forums’,’blogs’,’wikis’ or socialactivities.
Examples include : MySpace, Bebo and Facebook.As a general guide, any website that allows the publishing of information which is not immediately removed oncethe user leaves the site. Any website that requires the student to be a ‘member’ and havea password to access it.
Our aim is to allow students to participate in read/write web,Web2.0 or Classroom 2.0 style publishing, responsibly, transparently and safely. To dothis the school recognises the need to guide students in acceptable use. Someeducational researchers cite that over 90% of high school students with internet accesshave MySpace or other instant social networking profile and are actively involved withonline publishing of information.
Un-acceptable Use
 i.Publishing information to social networking sites that allow the publishing of text, audio,video and images must be for educational purposes only, and clearly identified as arequisite of the classroom activity.ii.Access is limited to sites not explicitly referenced by staff for the purpose of publishing tothe internet.

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