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Acceptable Use Policies

Has Your School District Updated Its Acceptable Use Policy? 

  • iSAFE Acceptable Use Policies:  An article that helps to define what an acceptable use policy is and what it should be designed to accomplish. (PDF)
  • Digital Citizenship Policy Primer by Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost (F3) (PDF)
  • Consortium for Schools Networking (COSN) Acceptable Use Policies in the Web 2.0 and Mobile Era: A Guide for School Districts (PDF) 
  • “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media” - CoSN (PDF Report)

With the proliferation of Web 2.0 tools, rapidly emerging technologies and portable electronic devices, your AUP may need frequent updating. In the CTAP Cybersafety web site, you'll find helpful resources for all areas of consideration.

General Info/Articles

Acceptable Use Policy Articles

Code of Conduct Examples

Code of Conduct Statement Related to Cyberbullying

Although many schools have zero-tolerance policies in place for traditional bullying, they often lack clear guidelines regarding digital harassment—especially because online bullies rarely use school equipment. While you are updating your AUP to include use of electronic devices, be sure you include a statement in your code of conduct.


Acceptable Use Sample Policies

Developing An Acceptable Use Policy

This site is intended to assist K-12 school districts and other K-12 entities in developing their own Acceptable Use Policy for use of the K-20 Network. Since "local control" is a major tenet of K-12 education in Washington state, it is up to each district to determine what elements they wish to include in their own policy, and if they wish to include other elements not contained in the template that has been provided. Includes sample parent letters and permission forms, guidelines for Internet Safety Policies and sample board policies on Network use.


Social Networking Policies

Social Networking/Blogging Policies for Schools

  • Self-Publishing and Social Media Guidelines for Students
  • To Blog or Not To Blog
  • Networking Policies
  • Using Wikis in the Classroom: Security, Safety and Netiquette
  • Blogging Guidelines: Behavior Code
  • Arapahoe High School Blogging Policy
  • Guidelines for Blogging
  • Parent Consent Form for Student Web Logs
  • Mrs. Simpson's Blogging Policy
  • Blog Policy Considerations from Bud Hunt, Classroom Teacher/NECC Presenter


Cyberbullying Policies

School District Policies on Cyberbullying

Bullying and Cyberbullying Policies
  • Medford School District Cyberbullying Policy
    Medford School District is a district with a zero-tolerance policy for cyberbullying. Their policy clearly spells out offline consequences for online actions. "Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to loss of privileges, discipline, up to and including expulsion." In June 2008, the school board announced that they would also seek to revoke student driver licenses for students who use text messaging or emails to harrass others.

Other Cyberbullying Policies

Sexting Topics & Concerns

Addressing Sexting Topics and Concerns

"Sexting" refers to sending sexual photos or messages via text or picture messages, a practice engaged in by digital youth who are often unaware that these inappropriate actions may fall under child pornography laws. If prosecuted, they could face jail time and be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.


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