Digital Citizenship

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. 

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.

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 K to Grade 4. As such, games and apps should be of nature that respects the caring place that we strive to create at New Brighton School. Media that is violent or has actions we would not strive to emulate are not appropriate in this setting.

Teachers and staff ensure that students understand their roles and responsibilities when using digitally networked resources and share in the supervision of all students while online (e.g. – students who are working within their classroom learning environment on networked computers).

New Brighton's Digital Citizenship Plan


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 email account. By using 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. 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:

  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
  • Using obscene language Harassing, insulting, or attacking others Intentionally damaging computer equipment or the network
  • Violating copyright laws
  • Using other people’s folders, work, or files
  • Allowing others to use your account
  • Trespassing into other people’s folders, work, or files
  • Intentionally destroying other people’s work
  • Employing the CBE network for commercial purposes
  • Using electronic media for plagiarizing
  • Intentionally wasting system technology on non-teacher-approved activities such as:
    • Playing games
    • Participating in non-teacher-directed “chat” Participating in online gambling or other gaming activities
    • Downloading software or restricted files (e.g. Exe, Zip, mp3)
    • Installing software on any school computer
    • Excessive or inappropriate printing
  • Students must respect intellectual property and adhere to copyright, software piracy and fair dealing laws associated with learning technologies.

Prohibited Sites include those, which contain: 

  • Vulgar or lewd depiction of the human body
  • Content publicly labelled for adults
  • Violent acts
  • Online gambling
  • Sites that encourage the use of illicit or illegal drugs, tobacco, or alcohol
  • Sites that advocating 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 CBE Policy

Each situation is dealt with on an individual basis and breach of policy may result in:

  • Restriction or loss of technology privileges.
  • School based disciplinary consequences.
  • Police intervention and/or legal action. 

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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.​​​