Internet Use Agreement
Using a computer at school is a privilege.† The following checklist is
designed to keep your time on the computers safe and productive.† Failure
to adhere to this checklist could result in removal of access to our school
network and additional consequences. As your teacher I am responsible
for planning and designing lessons that will help you achieve your learning
goals and objectives. Anytime we go into the computer lab I am responsible
for signing up time and being responsible to make sure the equipment is
used properly for learning. In order for this to happen, you as the
student also have some responsibilities.
the student, agree to the following rules for using computers and the internet
technology, computers, and the Internet is a privilege that comes with
responsibility. Our school has established many rules and safeguards to
protect you from exposure to inappropriate or unsafe material while on
the Internet or accessing the school's network. Some of these safeguards
are outlined below:
I will log on as myself
and keep my password safe.† I will not try to log on as someone else.
I will follow the teacherís
directions and visit the sites that are approved.† I will not visit any
I will not use Instant
Messaging, e-mail or any other computer communication software without
specific permission from a teacher.
I will be respectful of
the people and the machines involved in my technology experience.†Computers
should never be handled in a manner other than how they were designed to
I will use my time wisely
I will keep my personal
information to myself.† I will never share my full name, address, telephone
number, parentsí work numbers or addresses, or school name, phone number
I know that working online
at school is a privilege.† I will uphold my responsibilities so that I
can continue to warrant the rewards.†
I will put my best effort
into my time on the computer and online so that I can enjoy the experience
and learn at the same time.
I will not download any
inappropriate or copyrighted material. Or attempt to install, download,
or run unauthorized software.
I will respect the network.†
Attempting to access the schoolís computer network in any manner other
than legitimate use of your own account is prohibited.
I will respect othersí
use of a computer.† Altering or managing another userís computer / files
is prohibited and considered a very serious offense.
I will not print material
without teacher permission.
I will not play electronic
games unless authorized by a teacher.
I understand that my
parents could be held financially liable for any damage I cause to computers
at school, for any harm I cause to other people as a result of malice,
recklessness or negligence on my part, or for any harm caused to others
by any violation of this acceptable use policy.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
††††††† I am pleased
to have your child in my class this year.† Iím sure we are going to have
a wonderful year but we need to review the Internet use in the classroom.†
††††††† Iím sure you
know the vast amount of knowledge the Internet holds and also the dangers
that it possesses.† The Internet is an fantastic teaching resource.† With
it, we can travel around the world, meet experts, and access more information
than would normally be possible.† However there is a negative side as well
so we need to deal with that first.
††††††† As I seek
to pursue learning in a safe environment with the Internet as a tool, I,
along with the school policies send you this letter and have my students
sign my policy. Below is what I do to keep this a safe learning experience
Closely monitor students
when they are using the Internet. Students may not access computers
without supervision present.
Have software that filters
out inappropriate material and web sites.
Create specific links
so that each time a student accesses the Internet, there is no danger of
them typing incorrectly and stumbling onto a questionable web site,
Review at the beginning
of the year and repeat throughout what a student should do if they encounter
anything that makes them uneasy, and
Have students and parents
read and sign an Internet Use Agreement.
Any infraction of the
checklist results in immediate suspension of access and a parent phone
The Internet Use Agreement is coming home for you to review with your student
today.† Please review it and sign it together this week and send it back
to school.† I want to stress to students how important it is that they
treat the technology with respect and use it appropriately.† You can help
to reinforce this. Without your signature and your child's signature
on this letter, your child will not be allowed to use the computer in our
lab at school.
†††††Thank you for
your assistance in this matter.† I consider this a great step because children
need to know how important these ideas are.† You might even want to consider
drawing up your own agreement with your child at home.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me so that I may
discuss the matter with you.†