Digital Technology – Acceptable Use Policy
The use of technology is an integral part of learning in all CBE schools, as required by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program of Studies. Students are encouraged to use our network and digital learning tools to collaborate with others to contribute to the world in meaningful and positive ways. By utilizing the school’s computers and/or the network, students agree to the guidelines for digital technology use outlined in this document.
A wireless network for internet access using personal electronic devices is provided at Brentwood School. Use of student owned devices at school will be considered on a case by case basis by teachers and administration.
Students are encouraged to use digital 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
Prohibited acts include:
- Use of someone else’s CBE account or access to network
- 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, opening hardware or computer accessories
- 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 materials include:
- Vulgar or lewd depiction of the human body
- Any content publicly labelled for adults
- Images or text that glorify the use of weapons or promote violent acts
- On-line 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
- Restriction or loss of computer privileges;
- School-based disciplinary consequences; and/or
- Police intervention and/or legal action
Violation of policy may result in:
The use of all school technology is monitored by both school and system web administrators. All users are expected to follow the three principles of respect to ensure that our ICT resources are being used in a responsible way: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect the Equipment and Online Resources.
Student Gmail Accounts
The CBE will continue to use Gmail within the Google Apps for Education infrastructure. This will provide students with enhanced privacy protection that is not provided by regular public Gmail accounts. It also allows students to connect with their peers and teachers in a safe environment. Gmail within Google Apps for Education is recognized as being a secure, robust and efficient student email platform.
Students will have access to their files, calendars and collaborative tools to create documents, presentations and sites whenever they have access to the Internet - at any time, from most types of devices. Please note: All official CBE business emails to parents from the school as well as administrative records, such as IPP’s and other confidential data, will remain on local CBE servers.
Having access to Google Apps for Education requires responsibility on the part of student, teacher, and parent. Understanding the importance of Digital citizenship and having these conversations with your child will help prepare him/her for safe and successful online collaborations. For more information on Digital Citizenship, please visit the CBE website.
Gmail accounts will be set up using the student name, school name and email address as assigned by CBE. It is important for parents to know that as with cloud computing applications of any kind, data will not necessarily be stored in Canada.
Online Resources that support Digital Citizenship
Grades 1-2 internet safety: http://www.abcya.com/cyber_five_internet_safety.htm
Grades 3-5 resources to support cyber safety: https://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/internet_safety-for_children
Videos that support Digital Citizenship
Grades K-2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5kW4pI_VQw
Grades 1-3: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/pause-think-online#
Grades K-3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-njh8mFvVk