Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation
Student Internet Safety and Acceptable Use Policy
Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation has established a computer network and is pleased to offer Internet access for student use. This will allow students to have access to a variety of Internet resources. The educational value of student Internet access is the joint responsibility of students, parents, and employees of the school corporation. In order for students to use the Internet, students and their parents or guardians must first read and understand the following acceptable use policies.
1. The computer network at Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation has been set up in order to allow Internet access for educational purposes. This includes classroom activities, research activities, peer review of assigned work, and the exchange of project-related ideas, opinions, and questions via email, message boards, and other means.
2. Students will have access to the Internet via classroom, library, and computer lab computers.
3. Network users must respect resource limits and are responsible for deleting old emails or other files that may take up excessive amounts of storage space.
4. Student use of the Internet is contingent upon parent/guardian permission in the form of a signed copy of this Acceptable Use Policy. Parents/guardians may revoke approval at any time.
5. Material created and/or stored on the system is not guaranteed to be private. Technology staff may review the system from time to time to ensure that the system is being used properly. For this reason, students should expect that emails, material placed on personal Web pages, and other work that is created on the network may be viewed by a third party.
6. The school corporation is not liable for information stored on diskettes, hard drives, or servers as well as information retrieved via school corporation computers, networks, or on-line resources. The school corporation is also not liable for personal property used to access school corporation computers, networks, or on-line resources.
7. Network users must keep their passwords private. Accounts and/or passwords may not be shared.
8. Network users are expected to adhere to the safety guidelines listed below.
1. The network may not be used to download, copy, or store any software, shareware, or freeware without prior permission from the classroom teacher.
2. The network may not be used for commercial purposes. Users may not buy or sell products or services through the system. Any financial obligations resulting from use of school corporation resources/accounts and the Internet will be the responsibility of the student and parents.
3. Use of the network for advertising or political lobbying is prohibited.
4. The network may not be used for any activity, or to transmit any material, that violates United States, Indiana, or local laws. This includes, but is not limited to, illegal activities such as threatening the safety of another person, violating copyright laws, or damaging or disabling the property of another person or organization.
5. Network users may not use vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language. Users may not engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person.
6. Network users may not log on to someone else’s account or attempt to access another user’s files. "Hacking" or otherwise trying to gain access to another person’s or organization’s computer system is prohibited.
7. Network users may not access Web sites, newsgroups, or chat areas that contain material that is obscene or that promotes illegal acts. If a user accidentally accesses this type of information, he or she should immediately notify a teacher.
8. Network users may not engage in "spamming" (sending an email to more than 10 people at the same time) or participate in chain letters.
CONSEQUENCES OF UNACCEPTABLE USES
Students who deliberately use the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation computer network in a manner that violates any of the guidelines established as unacceptable uses will be subject to the following disciplinary actions:
1. First Offense: Denial of computer use for one week. Letter will be sent home to parents.
2. Second Offense: Denial of computer use for one month. One-day suspension from school and all school – related activities.
3. Third Offense: Denial of computer use for the remainder of the school year. Five-day suspension from school and all school – related activities.
SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS
1. Never give out your last name, address, phone number, or any other personal information about yourself.
2. Never agree to meet in person with anyone you have met online unless you first have the approval of a parent or guardian.
3. Notify a teacher immediately if you receive a message that may be inappropriate or if you encounter any material that violates this Policy. You will not be penalized as long as you tell your teacher immediately if this occurs.
4. Your parents should instruct you if there is additional material that they think would be inappropriate for you to access. Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation expects you to follow your parent’s wishes in this matter.
1. Students are only to use the Internet for educational purposes and only while under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher. The direct observation of student activities on the Internet by the classroom teacher is the primary method for protecting students from materials harmful to minors.
2. Additionally, an Internet content filter is currently in place to prevent access to Internet resources that could be harmful to minors and have no educational value. This measure provides a second method for protecting students from harmful materials on the Internet. This filter is updated nightly as new inappropriate materials are discovered. However, no filter is 100% effective due to the volume of new material that is added to the Internet on a daily basis.
I have read and understand the above information about appropriate use of the computer network at Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation and I understand that this form will be kept on file at the school. I give my child permission to access the network as outlined above. I also understand that my child’s work (writing, drawings, etc.) may occasionally be published on the Internet and be accessible on a World Wide Web server or via other electronic media. I understand that I may request alternative activities that do not require Internet Access.
Parent name (print) ___________________________________
Parent signature __________________________________ Date:___________________
Student name (print) __________________________________
Student signature _________________________________ Date:___________________