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Los Angeles COE |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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A priority of the County Office is to assist in advancing the use of technology to enhance student learning. Access to LACOE technology is a privilege, not a right, and students enrolled in LACOE programs or activities must follow LACOE guidelines and procedures regarding acceptable use of technology. The County Board intends that technology resources provided by LACOE be used in a safe, responsible, and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites)

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

The County Superintendent or designee will notify students and parents/guardians about authorized uses of LACOE computers and other devices, technology, user obligations and responsibilities, and consequences for unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities in accordance with LACOE regulations and LACOE's Acceptable Use Agreement.

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)

LACOE will make a diligent effort to filter the inappropriate or harmful content accessible through the Internet, and students shall also take responsibility not to initiate access to inappropriate or harmful content or facilitate illegal or prohibited activity while using LACOE technology. LACOE will monitor the use of LACOE's systems for improper use without advance notice or consent. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or civil or criminal liability.

Before a student is authorized to use LACOE's technology resources, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return the Acceptable Use Agreement specifying user obligations and responsibilities. (For incarcerated students enrolled in LACOE programs, the signature of a parent/guardian is not required.) In that agreement, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall agree not to hold LACOE or any LACOE staff responsible for the failure of any technology protection measures, violations of copyright restrictions, or user mistakes or negligence. Students and parents/guardians shall also agree to indemnify and hold harmless LACOE and LACOE personnel for any damages or costs incurred. LACOE will retain a copy of the agreement in the student's file.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with LACOE policies regarding student conduct and expression.

Students must also take responsibility to avoid unacceptable or inappropriate use of technology while accessing LACOE resources. When in doubt, students shall ask LACOE staff prior to accessing information that may be unacceptable or inappropriate in accordance with the LACOE Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement. Students shall follow general rules of digital etiquette and shall not participate in the following unacceptable activities:

1. Intentionally or knowingly accessing harmful content

2. Copyright infringement

3. Plagiarism

4. Unacceptable use of resources

5. Fraudulent access

6. Unauthorized access

7. Cyberbullying

LACOE reserves the right to monitor use of technological resources, including Internet and email, for audit and review purposes. Users should not have an expectation of privacy when using LACOE technology resources. Consequences of violations of this policy, including the unacceptable activities listed in policy and regulations, include, but are not limited to:

1. Suspension or revocation of Internet access

2. Suspension or revocation of network privileges, including email

3. Suspension or revocation of computer access

4. Suspension or expulsion from school

5. Civil or criminal action against the offender

Use of LACOE Computers and Any Other Devices for Online Services/Internet Access

The County Superintendent or designee will ensure that all LACOE computers and any other devices with Internet access have a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors and that the operation of such measures is enforced. (20 USC 6777, 47 USC 254)

The County Superintendent or designee will develop regulations and guidelines for appropriate student use of LACOE computers and any other devices to access the Internet, including social networking sites and chat rooms.

LACOE recognizes and supports a policy of Internet safety for the protection of students. The Office will comply with the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act and is committed to assuring the safe conduct and well being of students while online.

Students may not access prohibited materials at any time, for any purpose. This includes material that is obscene, child pornography, or material that is considered harmful to students, as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) defines "harmful to minors" to mean: any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that (i) taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; (ii) depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and (iii) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors. (47 U.S.C. 254(h)(7)(G))

Students will not disclose personal information about themselves or others. For example, students shall not reveal their name, home address, telephone number, or display images of themselves or others.

Students will follow established regulations and procedures to ensure their safety and security when using electronic communications, including the use of email, instant messaging, blogs, wikis, and other similar interactive communication technologies.

Students will not engage in unauthorized access, including hacking, and other unlawful activities while online or compromise the security or effective performance of the Office's network infrastructure.

Students must abide by all laws, this Acceptable Use Policy and security policies established at their local school site.

The County Superintendent or designee will provide age-appropriate instruction regarding safe and appropriate behavior when using the internet and other forms of direct electronic communication, including: electronic mail, social networking sites, chat rooms, and other internet services. Such instruction will include staff and students and shall include, but not be limited to, the dangers of posting personal information online, misrepresentation by online predators, how to report inappropriate or offensive content or threats, behaviors that constitute cyber-bullying, and how to respond when subjected to cyber-bullying.

The County Superintendent or designee also will establish regulations to address the safety and security of students and student information when using email, social media sites, and other forms of electronic communication.

The County Superintendent or designee will educate students about appropriate online behavior according to LACOE policy, regulations, and guidelines.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

51006 Computer education and resources

51007 Programs to strengthen technological skills

51870-51874 Education technology

60044 Prohibited instructional materials

PENAL CODE

313 Harmful matter

502 Computer crimes, remedies

632 Eavesdropping on or recording confidential communications

653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 15

6501-6506 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6751-6777 Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, Title II, Part D, especially:

6777 Internet safety

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 47

254 Universal service discounts (E-rate)

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 16

312.1-312.12 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 47

54.520 Internet safety policy and technology protection measures, E-rate discounts

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION PUBLICATIONS

How to Protect Kids' Privacy Online: A Guide for Teachers, December 2000

MY SPACE.COM PUBLICATIONS

The Official School Administrator's Guide to Understanding MySpace and Resolving Social Networking Issues

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

American Library Association: http://www.ala.org

California Coalition for Children's Internet Safety: http://www.cybersafety.ca.gov

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: http://csriu.org

Federal Communications Commission: http://www.fcc.gov

Federal Trade Commission, Children's Online Privacy Protection: http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Web Wise Kids: http://www.webwisekids.org

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: June 19, 2012 Downey, California