Students Online Policy
Online Services (see definition below) provided to students in public schools will only be used for learning related activities and require informed parental consent and appropriate management. Students need to be protected from exposure to inappropriate online material or activities, to be aware of the risks associated with some online activities, and to adopt protective online behaviour. The Department makes every reasonable effort to achieve this by educating and informing students and parents, as well as by putting measures in place to monitor email traffic and internet access. All activities conducted using the Department’s online services may be logged and accessed for administrative, legal or security purposes.
The Department continues to work with NetAlert, the government-supported Internet safety advisory body set up to provide independent advice and education on managing access to online content.
This policy applies to all public school principals, teachers and supervisors of public school students accessing online services. Any services including, but not limited to, email, calendaring, instant messaging, web conferencing, discussion groups, internet access and web browsing, that may be accessed using the computer networks and services of the Department of Education from any of the Department’s locations including, but not limited to, schools.
Conditions of Use
Teachers must receive an Acceptable Usage Agreement signed by the student or parent before granting students access to online services. Any services including, but not limited to, email, calendaring, instant messaging, web conferencing, discussion groups, internet access and web browsing, that may be accessed using the computer networks and services of the Department of Education.
The school address or email address may be used where it is necessary to receive a reply.
Students should also be made aware that, since their online services email address contains their personal name, this address should also be protected and should never be used in non-school online communications. Further information on the importance of online anonymity and protective online behaviours is available at: http://www.netalert.gov.au.
Intellectual Property & Copyright
Teachers will advise students of the need to:
- Be aware of the legal requirements regarding copyright when downloading information;
- Gain permission before electronically publishing users’ works or drawings;
- Acknowledge the creator or author of any material published; and
- Observe appropriate copyright clearance including acknowledging the author or source of any information.
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
The students at Bullsbrook College have access to the internet for the purpose of supporting their educational programs. The use of the Internet is an important tool for learning and allows the children access to current, worldwide information and resources. When using the internet, students will mainly access information from the World Wide Web and communicate via e-mail facilities. Unfortunately, the internet also allows access to undesirable and inappropriate material.
The purpose of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that the students at Bullsbrook College use the internet in an appropriate manner. Students will be monitored when accessing the internet, however, the students themselves must take responsibility for their behaviour. The school will educate the children in acceptable use of the internet and students will be made aware of the consequences if they choose to use the Internet inappropriately.
Student Acceptable Use Guidelines
- Students will only use the internet for accessing appropriate material that is relevant to their work.
- If students accidentally access inappropriate material, they will back out of the site immediately and inform the teacher.
- If students deliberately access inappropriate material, they will be immediately removed from the computer and banned from using the Internet for a period of time, at the discretion of the teacher. If the incident happens again, heavier penalties will occur.
- Students will be monitored at all times when accessing the internet.
- Students will be advised that all e-mail will be available to be screened by the teacher. Students are not to delete any incoming or outgoing mail unless directed by the teacher.
- Students will seek permission from the teacher before downloading files.
- Students will not participate in Chat lines, Newsgroups or File Transfer Protocol (FTP), components of the internet.
- Students will not post personal contact information about themselves or other people on the internet.
- Students will use appropriate language on the internet at all times.
- Students will respect each others’ privacy when using e-mail and will not read other people’s e-mail without their permission.
- The Principal reserves the right to check any e-mail sent or received by students.
The use of personal technologies on a school site is governed by the Behaviour Management in Schools Policy & Guidelines specifically section 3.1.2 Management of Student Mobile Phones.
In accordance with a directive issued by the Director General of Education:
PREVENTING INAPPROPRIATE USE OF MOBILE PHONES IN SCHOOLS
While it is understandable that some parents provide mobile phones to their children for safety and other reasons, we must protect the safety of all students in our care and the maintenance of good order in our schools.
Not only is mobile phone use disruptive, using mobile cameras (still and video) to film people and their activities without their knowledge and/or permission is an invasion of privacy and will not be allowed.
“I expect school principals to suspend immediately any students found to be involved in recording, distributing or uploading inappropriate images or videos of students, parents or staff on school premises.” (Director General Sharyn O’Neill).
PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY
Bullsbrook College accepts that parents give their children personal technologies to protect them from everyday risks involving personal security and safety. There is also ever-increasing concern about children travelling alone on public transport or commuting long distances to school. It is acknowledged that providing a child with a mobile phone gives parents reassurance that they can speak with their child quickly at any time. However, during the school day, students are cared for and have access to caring adults (and telephones) at school. Contact during school or class time is VERY disruptive to school order. Bullsbrook College requires THAT students phones are switched off whilst on school grounds.
Personal technologies are a source of bullying. They are also a significant source of disruption. The role of parents and the community in supporting the school in providing the best learning environment for students cannot be emphasised strongly enough.
It is the responsibility of students who bring personal technologies onto school premises to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this document. The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or guardians with the full knowledge of our school policy and expectations for the student to support it.
Personal technologies should be switched off at all times during the day. Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact. It is the responsibility of the school staff to ensure your child is reached quickly, and assisted in any appropriate way. For that reason we request that students are not phoned directly on their phone during school hours. Please contact the school office as the first point of contact if the situation is urgent and requires such contact.
While on school premises, students are not permitted to use personal technologies. Once they have finished the school day the phones may be used on their way home.
Unless express permission is granted to the contrary, personal technologies should not be used to make calls, send sms messages, surf the internet, take photos or any other application during school. Students with personal technologies may not engage in sending group sms messages.
Students may face disciplinary actions as sanctioned by the principal. This will especially apply if a staff member requests a student to hand over any personal technology and the request is refused.
THEFT OR DAMAGE
Students who bring personal technologies to school do so at their own risk. Whilst we are compassionate about the upset that theft or damage to personal property causes, school staff cannot be held responsible for managing theft or damage of personal technologies.
First Offence: The first time that a student has an item confiscated, the item will be collected by the student at the end of the school day.
Subsequent Offence/s: The item will remain at school locked for the following 5 days, unless collected by a parent prior to the 5 days concluding. Please refer to the instructions above to secure the technology.
Any student found to be involved in recording, distributing or uploading inappropriate images of videos of students, parents or staff on school premises will be suspended – as per the Department of Education Behaviour Management in Schools Policy and Guidelines.