Digital Citizenship

Branton School – Electronic Networkable Devices and Network User Agreement

Access

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 network, the following agreement is accepted.

Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources

The privilege to use devices and / 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. At this point, the permitted tools are laptops and Ipods only. 3G Smartphones i.e. Iphones will only be permitted if they access the school network. All other devices (cell phones) are not permitted. As technology evolves, we will re-evaluate the restrictions. The following acts and prohibited sites constitute inappropriate use and may endanger students, and/or possibly damage the network, hardware, and/or software

Students are encouraged to use technology to:

  • Access, critically assess, and communicate information and understanding
  • Seek alternative viewpoints
  • Collaborate during inquiry
  • Construct personal knowledge and meaning
  • Demonstrate understandings
  • Organize and manipulate data
  • Interact with others
  • Make cross-curricular connections

Prohibited acts include

  • Use of someone else’s CBE account or access to network
  • Sharing their own personal device with anyone
  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
  • Using obscene language
  • Harassing, insulting, 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, or opening hardware or computer accessories
  • Any attempt and/or threat to harm a person
  • Plagiarism of online content
  • Posting, publishing, circulating or distributing personal information (including pictures) 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
  • Using technology during exams
  • Listening to music/videos during instruction
  • Texting and gaming during classes

Students must respect intellectual property and adhere to copyright, software piracy and fair dealing laws associated with learning technologies.

Prohibited Sites include

  • Vulgar or lewd depiction of the human body
  • Any content publicly labelled for adults
  • Violent acts
  • Online gambling
  • Sites that encourage the use of illicit or illegal drugs, tobacco, or alcohol
  • Sites that advocate violence or hatred against an identifiable group i.e. race, religion, gender, disabilities, age, colour, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Sites promoting criminal activity

Violation of the Branton Policy

  • Each situation is dealt with on an individual basis and breach of policy may result in:
  • restriction or loss of computer privileges
  • confiscation of personal device
  • school based disciplinary consequences; and / or
  • Police intervention and/or legal action

School Disclaimer

  • The school is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft of student property, including electronic devices.
  • The school will not provide technical support for students’ devices.
  • Devices can only be brought into the classroom when deemed appropriate by the teacher
  • Devices can only be used for educational purposes
  • Misuse will be determined by staff/administration
  • Digital Citizenship is a shared responsibility between students, parents and school
  • Parents are expected to support and promote the Branton Acceptable Use Policy, and students are expected to abide by it.

Cell Phones

Branton is a school which places high value on respect and safety. Students need to demonstrate respectful behavior and cooperation with our acceptable use policy for cell phones/smart phones in the building just as they do with all technology at school. Our preference is that students shut down their phones and store them in their lockers during school hours. 

However, the following rules apply to cell phone use at Branton:

  1. Students may use their cell phones before school, at lunch and after school in hallways, at their lockers and in the front foyer. Use must be appropriate and in keeping with our technology acceptable use policy. (e.g. appropriate messaging and viewing of materials)
  2. Students may use cell phones/smart phones during class time for educational purposes only with teacher permission. (texting a friend or family member is not an acceptable use unless the teacher has given specific permission)
  3. Washrooms and Locker rooms are cell phone/smart phone – free areas. Phones may not be brought into these areas.
  4. Students may not use cell phones/smart phones during a test or exam; students doing so risk receiving a mark of zero and will have their phones confiscated.
  5. There are trip­-specific criteria for bringing phones on off­-campus events – students and parents must agree to specific policies for trips where phones are permitted.
  6. Students must ensure their cell phone/smart phone is shut off during a lock down situation.

Students who do not follow these expectations will have their phones temporarily confiscated. They will be required to complete an assignment on acceptable use of phones at school to be signed by their parents before their phone is returned. Students with repeated difficulties following our policies will have their phones confiscated and returned only to their parents. Music playing devices and portable electronic game devices Music and game playing devices of any kind are NOT permitted in classrooms unless a teacher has given specific permission. 

These devices distract our students, are not always safe for students’ hearing, and, generally disturb the classroom climate. These items are also quite expensive and easy to misplace. The school does not accept any responsibility for locating these items should any go missing. Leave them at home if you are concerned about losing them. Students may listen to iPods (or other music playing devices) and use game devices on the school bus, before school time, at lunch and after dismissal unless otherwise directed by teachers.

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​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 on how we support students develop online safety skills and learn to be good digital citizens.​​​

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