Digital Citizenship

Personal Electronic Devices: Access and Responsibility

Dr. E.P. Scarlett recognizes the changing digital realities of students. Students, as digital citizens of the 21 Century, are encouraged to responsibly and respectfully demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes, needed when using emergent personal electronic technologies with networkable abilities. However, such devices, which include but are not limited to cell phones, lap tops, tablets, iPods, iPads, must be used in a way that encompasses all elements of digital engagement, in particular, protecting private information, staying safe online, and increasingly knowing how to deal with bullying in a digital world. 

When using personal electronic devices at school the following expectations apply:

  • Electronic networkable devices and network access require permission.
  • Students are not able to print from personal devices. 
  • During class time, the use of electronic devices for educational use is strictly at the discretion of the classroom teacher. 
  • Students cannot film or record teachers, lessons, or other students without consent
  • Outside of class time, the responsible use of these devices is permitted. 
  • Students with spares are permitted to use these devices in the front foyer, cafeteria, and the learning commons. 
  • For the protection of all individuals’ privacy, the use of aforementioned devices is not permitted in locker/change areas or in washrooms. 
  • Quizzes, tests, exams, and Diploma Exams all have their own rules and expectations about the use of such electronic devices. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with and to adhere to such policies. 
  • As with any personal belongings that a student brings to school, the school cannot be held responsible for personal electronic devices that are lost, stolen, or damaged.

Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources 

The privilege to use CBE devices, networks, or personal devices on the CBE Network, is dependent on the level of responsibility shown by individual students. It is our intent to have all students accessing these tools for learning on an on-going 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: 

  • Accessing school network using a student device. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

Each issue related to inappropriate use is dealt with on an individual basis and breach of policy may result in: loss of computer/personal electronic devices and/or network access privileges; School based disciplinary consequences as per posted user agreement, including suspension; removal of material from all student drives; Police intervention and/or legal action.

Network Monitoring 

Students and parents should be aware that the CBE maintains electronic logs of computer activities to ensure the safety of students and to protect the learning environment. All CBE network accounts are subject to reasonable search. Users of the CBE network are not anonymous. Be aware that CBE computers and drives have monitoring software enabled. This allows school staff to monitor use.


Any computer vandalism requires administration and parent involvement. Cost of replacement and/or labour and parts to repair the technology may be charged to the student along with additional school consequences. 

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