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Tuolumne COE |  BP  6163.4  Instruction

Student Use Of Technology   

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The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office intends that technological resources provided by the County Office 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 Tuolumne County Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians about authorized uses of County Office computers, user obligations and responsibilities, and consequences for unauthorized use and/or unlawful activities in accordance with County Office regulations and the County Office'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)

The County Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding the County Office's acceptable use agreement, including instruction on the safe use of social networking sites and other Internet services including, but not limited to, the dangers of posting personal information online, misrepresentation by online predators, and how to report inappropriate or offensive content or threats.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The County Superintendent or designee, with input from students and appropriate staff, shall regularly review this policy, the accompanying administrative regulation, and other relevant procedures to help ensure that the County Office adapts to changing technologies and circumstances.

Use of County Office Computers for Online Services/Internet Access

The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all County Office computers 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 Board desires to protect students from access to inappropriate matter on the Internet. The County Superintendent or designee shall implement rules and procedures designed to restrict students' access to harmful or inappropriate matter on the Internet. Staff shall supervise students while they are using online services and may have teacher aides, student aides, and volunteers assist in this supervision. The County Superintendent or

designee also shall establish regulations to address the safety and security of students and BP student information when using email, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide age-appropriate instruction regarding safe and appropriate behavior on social networking sites, chat rooms, and other Internet services. Such instruction 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 cyberbullying, and how to respond when subjected to cyberbullying.

Student use of County Office computers to access social networking sites is prohibited. To the extent possible, the County Superintendent or designee shall block access to such sites on County Office computers with Internet access.

Before using the County Office's technological resources, each student and his/her parent/guardian shall sign and return an Acceptable Use Agreement specifying user obligations and responsibilities. In that agreement, the student and his/her parent/guardian shall agree to not hold the County Office or any County Office staff responsible for the failure of any technology protection measures, violations of copyright restrictions, or users' mistakes or negligence. They shall also agree to indemnify and hold harmless the County Office and County Office personnel for any damages or costs incurred.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

Staff shall supervise students while they are using online services and may ask teacher aides, student aides, and volunteers to assist in this supervision.

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

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

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, Governance and Policy Services Policy Brief, July 2007

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

K-12 Network Technology Planning Guide: Building the Future, 1995

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAM ADVISORIES

1223.94 Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources

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 and http://cyberbully.org

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

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

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

Policy TUOLUMNE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

adopted: August 25, 2008 Sonora, California