District Internet Usage Policy

Richland School District/River’s Edge High School

Internet Safety

Network Use Agreement

Any student using the Internet from a district-owned or personal device not limited to computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. in a district facility must abide by the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the Network Code Conduct (NCC) as detailed in Policy 2314.  Richland School District (RSD) utilizes an OPT-OUT policy (you are granted access by default) regarding Internet access.

Filtering Internet Content

As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), RSD utilizes filtering software in an effort to prevent students from accessing content that is (1) obscene, (2) depicts pornography, and/or (3) is deemed harmful or inappropriate for minors.  RSD will also monitor online activities through direct observation and/or other technological means to ensure students are not accessing content deemed inappropriate for minors or using internet access for malicious intent.

Internet sites blocked by the filter may be made available, as needed, for the purposes of bona fide research or other educational projects being conducted by students as part of classroom curriculums, but only at the request and approval of a teacher or administrator.

Supervision

RSD staff will make a reasonable effort to supervise student internet access and use.  If content is accessed that violates standards of the AUP and/or NCC then district staff may instruct the student(s) to cease using that material and/or contact an administrator for help in implementing the appropriate sanctions.

If inappropriate content is accessed whether accidently or intentionally staff members or administrators will contact the Information Technology Department for further review and to have the website added to the RSD filter “Blocked List”.

Instruction

All RSD students will be educated via online resources, district curriculums, and/or direct in-school instruction about appropriate online behavior including but not limited to:

·            Responsible personal conduct within online social media communities (Facebook, twitter, chat rooms, etc.) is no different than responsible personal conduct face-to-face.

·            Cyber bullying awareness and response.

·            Associated student personally identifiable (name, address, birthdate, SSN, credit card numbers, etc.), private, and/or confidential information about themselves or others should never disclosed on the internet, by minors, without the permission of a parent/guardian.  Students should also never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you “meet” on the internet without parent/guardian permission.

·            There may be long-lasting implications to publishing, whether via pictures and/or words, personal information online resulting in negative consequences.