(last revised August 2013)
The school will employ a number of strategies in order to maximize learning opportunities and reduce risks associated with the Internet and the use of Technology. These strategies are as follows:
Internet sessions will always be supervised by a teacher.
Filtering software and/or equivalent systems will be used in order to minimize the risk of exposure to inappropriate material.
The school will regularly monitor pupils’ Internet and email usage.
Students and will be provided with training in the area of Internet safety.
Uploading and downloading of non-approved software/files will not be permitted.
Virus protection software will be used and updated on a regular basis.
The use of personal USB drives or CDs in school requires a teacher’s permission.
Our school has a zero tolerance for any type of cyberbullying.
Students are never permitted to alter or delete any files that does not belong to them.
Students will observe good "netiquette" (i.e., etiquette on the Internet) at all times and will not undertake any actions that may bring the school into disrepute.
Students will not visit Internet sites that contain obscene, illegal, hateful or otherwise objectionable materials.
Students will use the Internet for educational purposes only.
Students will be familiar with copyright issues relating to online learning.
Students will never disclose or publicize personal information.
Students will be aware that any usage, including distributing or receiving information, school-related or personal, may be monitored for unusual activity, security and/or network management reasons.
Email (3rd-5th Grade)
Students will use approved district email accounts under supervision by or permission from a teacher.
Students will not send or receive any material that is illegal, obscene, defamatory or that is intended to annoy or intimidate another person.
Students will not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, such as addresses or telephone numbers or pictures.
Students will never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they only know through emails or the Internet.
Students will note that sending and receiving email attachments is subject to permission from their teacher.
Students will be given the opportunity to publish projects, artwork or school work on the Internet.
The publication of student work will be coordinated by a teacher.
Digital photographs, audio or video clips of students will only use first names.
Personal student information including home address and contact details will be omitted from these online projects.
My Tech = Netbooks/Laptops/Computers/Tablets/cameras/etc.
Student will follow the following guidelines when using technology at Bethke.
I will never leave the my tech unattended.
I will never loan out my tech to other individuals.
I will know where my tech is at all times.
I will charge my tech's battery daily.
I will protect the screen from scratches.
I will keep food and beverages away from my tech since they may cause damage to it.
I will not disassemble or try to repair any part of my tech or attempt any repairs possibly voiding the warranty.
I will use my tech responsibly.
I will never take a photo or video or audio recording of anyone without their permission.
If you would not like your child to be part of any of these online activities here at Bethke, or if you have any questions about these activities, please email Mrs. Newman.
For more information, download this booklet Chatting with Kids about Being Online from the Federal Trade Commission.