Digital Citizenship

Northern Lights School Acceptable Use Policy

Technology instruction is integrated into all curricular areas throughout the year and is accepted as an essential tool for teaching and learning. We do not have a dedicated computer lab, but have several Chromebook and iPad carts that teachers and students access when they are needed. 

The expanding infusion of technology into the instructional day truly enhances the learning environment within Northern Lights School. Students are engaged and learning is much more personalized when technology is accessed when it is needed and connects to learning. It is important to educate students on the ethical and responsible use of technologies. The term "digital citizenship" is used to define the important elements of the use of technology by everyone. As a CBE school, Northern Lights School is committed to the education and modeling of this practice for all users. Northern Lights School is a safe, caring, and respectful learning community where children are taught to be thoughtful and effective digital citizens.


All use of electronic devices and network access require teacher permission and supervision. The printing of student work from school owned devices is permitted only with staff permission. By utilizing the school's computers and/or the network, the following agreement is accepted.

Acceptable Use of School or Personal Electronic Devices

The privilege to use school or personal devices and/or 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. Students must respect intellectual property and adhere to copyright, software piracy and fair dealing laws associated with learning technologies.

It the expectation that Northern Lights School students will:

  • protect the integrity of all CBE accounts and the network by keeping all passwords safe and private, as well as only using devices approved by the staff and administration
  • protect the privacy of all staff and students by not sharing images, logins, passwords or information that might identify a member of our learning community online
  • only engage in activities and interactions with students and staff that show care and respect for others
  • use great care in using the equipment to ensure it can continue to be used by others
  • share the equipment with all other students and collaborate in ways that deepen the learning of all students 
  • use only websites and applications approved by staff and appropriate for school
  • protect the safety of each other by reporting all suspicious activities or content they or others might encounter accidentally or otherwise
  • always act to build a positive digital footprint

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 computer privileges; 
  • school based disciplinary consequences; 
  • Calgary Police Services intervention and/or;
  • legal action 

Please refer to the CBE Administrative Regulations for more information.

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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.​​​