Etiquette For Personal Electronic Devices
Digital devices must be used in a way that is respectful of others and appropriate for the situation. Users need to take these steps to avoid interfering with learning and to support a welcoming, caring, safe, and respectful environment for all. Depending on the classroom and activities, individual policies of teachers may differ slightly regarding electronic device usage. Students are expected to meet teacher expectations in all school and extracurricular settings.
Proper Etiquette in the Classroom
When in class, silence your phone and let calls/text messages go to voicemail to avoid a disruption. In most instances, turning your phone off may be the best solution. Don’t text message in class. This also goes for playing games, checking your email, and doing anything else with your cell phone. You are not going to be able to make effective use of time when you are distracted. Be discrete when listening to music with permission. This means adjusting the volume based on honouring the learning of others.
Outside the Classroom
No cell phones in the office, or other designated quiet places. People are trying to study or work. Keep your voice down and talk normally. Be polite! Be aware of your surroundings. Outside of the classroom, keep it private. Don’t annoy people with your ring tone, keep the volume down or more importantly set your cell phone on vibrate. Stay away from ring tones that people might find offensive or annoying.
Access and Responsibility
Electronic networkable devices and network access require teacher permission and supervision. Printing student work is allowed with staff permission. Students are not able to print from personal devices. All students are eligible to receive an account. User names and domain are @educbe.ca. By utilizing the school’s computers and/or the wireless network, the following agreement is accepted.
Network Acceptable Use Policy
Electronic networkable devices and network access require teacher permission and supervision. Printing student work is permitted with staff permission. All students are eligible to receive a CBE e-mail account. By utilizing the school’s computers and/or the wireless network, the following agreement is accepted.
As with any personal belonging that a student brings to school, the school cannot be held responsible for electronic devices that are lost, stolen, or damaged. School tech support will not trouble shoot student devices.
Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources
The privilege to use devices and/or networks is dependent on the level of responsibility shown by individual students. It is our intent to have all students access these tools for learning on an ongoing basis. The following acts and prohibited sites constitute inappropriate use and may endanger students, and/or possibly damage the network, hardware, and/or software.
Prohibited acts include:
- Use of network blue cable to access school network.
- Use of someone else’s CBE account or access to network.
- Sending or displaying offensive messages, pictures, or obscene language.
- Harassing, or attacking another person or their reputation.
- Trespassing in other people’s folders, work or files.
- Accessing, posting, sending or downloading of inappropriate material.
- Assuming the identity of another person to gain information.
- Viewing web pages through a proxy server.
- Running an application/program from a memory stick/jump drive.
- In any way moving, opening, or rewiring hardware or computer accessories without teacher permission.
- Any attempt and/or threats to harm a person.
- Plagiarism of online content.
- Posting, publishing, circulating or distributing personal information about oneself or others without the supervision and consent of a staff member.
- Sharing of usernames and passwords for other people to use.
- Use of technology or the network to access sites/software not approved by staff.
Prohibited Sites include:
- Vulgar or lewd depiction of the human body.
- Any content publicly labelled for adults.
- Depictions of violent acts.
- On-line gambling.
- Sites that encourage the use of illicit or illegal drugs, tobacco, weapons, or alcohol.
- Sites that advocating violence or hatred against an identifiable group. ie. race, religion, gender, disabilities, age, colour, sexual orientation, etc.
- Sites promoting criminal activity.
Each situation is dealt with on an individual basis. Breach of policy may result in:
- School based disciplinary consequences
- Restrictions or loss of computer/personal electronic devices and/or network access privileges, or
- Police intervention and/or legal action.
Any computer vandalism requires administration involvement. Cost of replacement and/or labour and parts to repair the school computer/technology may be charged to the student.
Digital Citizenship at the CBE
Digital citizenship is about using technology and participating in digital environments. It is key to helping our students learn to use available technology responsibly in the classroom and beyond. Our school has a Digital Citizenship Plan that is updated annually, addressing how we work to build a community where we live and work together as digital citizens.
Visit the CBE website to learn more about how we support students to develop online safety skills and be good digital citizens.