Students in the 21st century have access to a wider variety of electronic communication and entertainment devices than ever before. Bridlewood permits students to bring items such as cellular phones, and other personal computing devices to school with some provisions.
Cell phones are an increasingly popular accessory for students and comfort for parents. Safety and privacy concerns require that cell phones be turned off during school hours. The initial decision to allow a student to bring these devices to school rest with the parent and the school will assume parents have granted permission to students who have those devices at school.
Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety
Students are provided with Digital Citizenship instruction and the safe use of electronic resources. At school, students work in a filtered environment where access to internet content is monitored. The School Behavior policy makes no distinction between face to face and electronic communication. Students are accountable for their behaviour and communication conducted electronically.
Instant Messaging, email and Social Networking sites (Facebook), when used inappropriately can negatively impact the learning environment at school regardless of where the communication originated. The school discipline policy extends to electronic communication by students when it affects the welfare of individual students or school climate.
Students bringing their own devices to school are reminded to adhere to the expectations that games, music and other forms of media representation should be appropriate for an elementary setting from Kindergarten to Grade 6. As such, games and apps should be of nature that respects a caring place that we strive to create at Bridlewood School. Media that is violent or has actions we would not strive to emulate are not appropriate in this setting.
Our Acceptable Use Policy
Do use our network to:
- Connect with other students and adults who share your passions and with whom you can learn
- Join with your teachers to find experts and other teachers from around the world
- Publish your best work in text and multimedia for a global audience
- Explore your own creativity and passions, to ask questions and seek answers from other teachers, experts and learners on-line
- Collaborate with others to change the world in meaningful and positive ways
- Learn how to communicate in the same manner that will be asked of you when you graduate and emerge into the digital world of this century
- Share your achievements and excitement about learning with your parents and friends
- Think critically and build information literacy skills
- Explore deep questions that you have in relation to learning and life
- Learn and practice digital etiquette in a compassionate manner
- Support your constantly growing understanding of new digital technologies
- Learn how to learn anytime anywhere!
- Be safe, and protect your privacy and freedom of thought
- Be responsible for protecting the rights of others as well
Remember: the Internet is a fascinating place and so is the real world!