Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Lewis USD 502

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Lewis USD 502 is now providing Internet access to students and teachers. The Internet is an electronic highway connecting hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to electronic mail, information databases, electronic discussion groups, public domain software, and access to many library card catalogs including the Library of Congress.

Our connection to the Internet expands the resources available to our staff and students. Unfortunately, there are pitfalls as well as jewels in the use of Internet. Being a world-wide network means there is no overall authority in charge of maintaining order or appropriate behavior of those people using it. There are approximately 25 million people on the "Net" now, and not all of those people share what most of us would regard as "good and decent" beliefs and behaviors. Also, what we might regard as illegal behavior may not be illegal on a computer in say, Australia.

Since it is impossible for us to police the Internet, and impossible for us to keep students from accessing inappropriate areas, we instead switch the responsibility to the students. The student will not be allowed access to the Internet unless both the student and their parent/guardian sign this "Acceptable Use Policy". This policy will detail the responsibilities of the student while "on-line", and the consequences if inappropriate behavior occurs.

Network Responsibilities

• Downloading unauthorized software is not acceptable.

• Obtaining inappropriate graphics or text files is not acceptable.

• Keep files in your personal folder to a minimum. Disk storage space is limited. If your folder gets too full, the system administrator will go through the folder and delete the files.

• Trying to access files in other users folders in not acceptable.

E-mail and Newsgroup Responsibilities

• Do not assume that e-mail is private. Think of it as an electronic post card.

• Do not give out your full name, address, phone number, parent's credit card numbers to ANYONE on Internet.

• Do not assume that e-mail sent to you was indeed from that person. If you do receive a questionable e-mail letter, please forward it to spartans@ruraltel.net.

• Use of inappropriate language is unacceptable.

• Rudeness or insulting behavior in e-mail or newsgroup posts is unacceptable.

• Subscribing to newsgroups/mailing lists where other users use inappropriate language and behavior is unacceptable.

• Delete unwanted messages immediately since they take up disk storage space.

World Wide Web Responsibilities

• Searching for or accessing sites that contain inappropriate materials is unacceptable. We are aware that it is impossible to know what might be on a site before you actually see it, but if a teacher tells you to "freeze" , and checks the history of your web movements and sees questionable search items... the student will be out of luck.

• Personal Web pages (when allowed) will not contain inappropriate materials.

Failure to follow this general code will mean the loss of Internet access, possible loss of school network access, and any other disciplinary action that such behavior may require.

Appropriate materials or behavior will be at the judgment of the teacher. This means that reading e-mail/newsgroups during a time when the student is supposed to be doing other tasks, or downloading or playing games, can result in the loss of the student's Internet access. The teacher will determine the number of warnings, if any, that the student will receive if the conditions of this Policy are breached. The student may appeal a loss of access through the Principal.

If you have questions regarding this policy please direct them to: Kris Waldren -- spartans@ruraltel.net

 

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