POLICY: SOCIAL MEDIA and Acceptable Use agreement for the College Internet and Digital Technologies

(including devices brought from home and used at the school).

PURPOSE: to set standards of behaviour for the use of Social Media, the Internet and Digital Technologies which are consistent with the broader values and expectations of the Kooweerup Secondary College community and in line with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s requirements.

All students who are enrolled at Kooweerup Secondary College must adhere to this policy and it is the responsibility of students and their parents/guardians to ensure that they have read the policy. This Policy also applies during any school activity which is held off site e.g. school excursions, camps and extra-curricula activities.

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Students are expected to:

  1. Be safe, responsible and fair users of digital technologies. They must show respect and consideration when they communicate with others and never write or participate in online bullying (this includes forwarding messages and supporting others in harmful, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour).
  2. Not deliberately or carelessly cause damage to any school computers or equipment – or personal property belonging to others. This includes changing settings; writing graffiti or unwelcome messages; unplugging desktop cables; and moving equipment or conducting repairs without permission.
  3. Be responsible for their own and school provided devices at all times. Personal devices and devices provided by the school for long term use (e.g. Netbooks) must be kept in a LOCKED locker when not in use and students must be careful when carrying devices to and from class. The College will not be responsible for any damage, loss or theft of a student device. The school accepts no responsibility for students who lose or have their devices damaged/stolen while travelling to and from school.
  4. Be responsible and liable for any damage that they may cause with their device.
  5. Use devices in the classroom at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers may prohibit, restrict or regulate use of devices as they deem necessary.
  6. Charge the batteries of their device overnight and bring a fully charged device to school with enough power to last the day. In particular, if a student chooses to use their device during lunchtime he/she must ensure there is enough battery power left for the period 5 lesson. Lack of battery power will not be an acceptable excuse for failure to do work. The College has no provision for students to charge and power their device.
  7. Use their device to support the classroom activities and educational aims of the College.
  8. Carry their device in a padded bag or hard cover when moving between classrooms and to and from school.
  9. Install a reliable and updated anti-virus program protecting their devices and the College network from computer viruses.
  10. Be responsible to backup all information and data on an external device.
  11. Accept that College Staff have the right to inspect the device and its contents to ensure compliance with this policy.

Students are not permitted to:

  • Play games, access social media or take part in any other activities that are not related to their learning in classrooms, private study or learning activities outside of the classroom.
  • Use their devices to cause distraction for others, especially in regards to sound. Music may only be listened to when given permission from the classroom teacher.
  • Film or record any student or staff member using the camera or microphone in the device without the written permission of the College and the individual concerned.
  • Take photos of themselves or others and upload them to any social media websites.
  • Avoid the limitations set by the College network, particularly internet restrictions through using mobile networks devices, 3G or 4G connections or phone hotspots while on the school premises.
  • Share passwords or any other access codes with any other person, or use any other user’s account to access the computer network

7       Use the device in any school based assessments without the permission of the classroom teacher.

Please note: The Kooweerup Secondary College ICT department will provide instruction and assistance to connect to the Wi-Fi and the network; and to download and install eBooks and recommended apps. The school technicians will not be responsible for, nor be required to provide, any support for hardware problems on non-school devices.

Breach of this policy

All reports of cyber bullying and other technology misuses will be investigated fully and may result in a notification to the police where the school is legally obliged to do so. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, the loss of computer privileges for a significant period of time e.g. 100 days, detention, suspension, or expulsion from the school.

Students who break the rules about the use of mobile phones, iPods or other mobile devices in class will be required to hand the device into the General Office to be collected at the end of the day. Where a device has been used to photograph or film a person or where it has been used to harass a person, it must be collected by a parent/guardian unless alternative arrangements are made. Students who persistently break these rules and/or show disrespectful behaviour when confronted about this situation, will lose the privilege of bringing the device to school for a period of time e.g. 10 weeks the first time, 20 weeks the second time, 1 year the third time.

Where a student misuses their ipad, they may be required to have it locked down so that internet access is not possible at school. Where problems persist, the school may require the student to leave the ipad at home and use paper copies of resources at school at the family’s expense. In this situation families may also be required to purchase textbooks.

Any act of harassment, vandalism, theft or damage through inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with in accordance with the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy. It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to use a device to menace, harass or offend another person. As such, if action as sanctioned by the school is deemed ineffective, as with all such incidents, the school may consider it appropriate to involve the police.

 

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