Digital Citizenship

Adults and young people have come to rely on technology for almost every aspect of our lives: to organize schedules, enhance learning, obtain information readily, communicate and enjoyment. We encourage the effective use of technology to improve your life and learning; understanding the expectation for uses and misuses of technology at SPB is essential for your benefit.

School Technology

SPB has a growing inventory of school-owned devices for you to access for your learning – desktops in the Learning Commons, computer lab and classrooms, and various laptop and iPad carts. Each student will complete a Mobile Device Waiver, after which you are able to sign out a mobile device for personal use in school up to two consecutive classes. The mobile device may be obtained from the library assistant in the Learning Commons. The waiver has clear instructions for processes, and replacement costs in the event of damage, loss or theft.

All internet access through CBE-owned devices has high levels of security and central monitoring. The websites and information you access can be tracked at any time. Misuse of computers, mice, keyboards or downloading inappropriate materials of any type will result in having your CBE access / account disabled. Any technology repairs to school-owned devices, which are caused by willful damage or careless use, will be charged directly to the student. Payment will be required prior to being re-granted access to school-owned devices. 

Students will be charged the following fees:

  • $25 per damaged key
  • $150 for damaged hard drives or computer screens
  • $1200 for lost, stolen or Macbooks vandalized beyond repair
  • $500 for lost, stolen or iPads vandalized beyond repair
  • $200 for cameras lost, stolen or vandalized beyond repair

The Learning Commons is open during the lunch hour to complete assignments and study. Although you have access to print your work, please ask for the supervising teacher’s permission before printing. You are encouraged to save your work digitally. Do delete out-of-date files on a regular basis.

Personally-Owned and CBE Devices

You are encouraged (but not required) to bring your own laptops, ipads and hand-held devices to school, and are provided with WIFI internet access through the CBE My Devices platform. Students who do not have a personal device will be provided a CBE device on a sign-out basis. Sites that are currently blocked in our school network will remain blocked on your own device when accessing the CBE network. You will not be able to access the school server or school printers using CBE My Devices.

These are some of the acceptable uses of personally-owned or CBE-owned devices in the classroom, with permission from your teacher:

  • Upon entering the classroom, store your cell phone in a designated location, as directed by your teacher. Cell phones will be distributed by the teacher if they are required for learning. You will retrieve your cell phone at the end of the class.
  • Have the ringer on your device on silent mode at all times
  • Word-processing / typing notes
  • Audio notes
  • Features / applications such as an electronic agenda, calendar, calculator, compass, dictionary, timer
  • Taking a photo of homework assignments and notes from your teachers
  • Interactive web tools to work in groups with your classmates, and which make it easily to later work virtually on group projects from home
  • Listening to music to help you focus on completing your work. You are expected to bring your own earbuds; good etiquette includes removing your earbuds if someone is speaking to you

These are some of the unacceptable uses of personally-owned or CBE-owned devices in the classroom:

  • Using your cell phone in the classroom for any reason without express permission by the teacher
  • Refusing to store your cell phone in a designated location at the start of class
  • Receiving or sending text messages (from parents, coaches or friends)
  • Receiving or making telephone calls (from parents, coaches or friends)
  • Accessing any social media site
  • Photographing / video-recording or audio-recording anyone without their permission
  • Accessing your device when your teacher has made a request to safeguard them / place them in desks or backpacks

There are some uses that are always unacceptable of personally-owned or CBE-owned devices for the classroom, lunchroom, hallways, or outdoor spaces, and which will result in having your access to school or personal electronic device removed:

  • Using someone else’s username and password to access the internet
  • Allowing a friend to use your personal device for any reason
  • Plagiarism of online content
  • Accessing gaming or social media networks (including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.)
  • Viewing images that portray a vulgar or lewd depiction of the human body
  • Accessing sites that promote the use of illicit substances, or that promote hatred or violence against a group or individual
  • Accessing 3-G networks, as they do not provide secure filtering and privacy
  • Using technology for the purpose of undermining, threatening or harassing self or others; this is considered a criminal offence 
  • Accessing your device for any reason in the PE change room area or bathrooms (devices must be stored in hallway lockers before moving to the PE change rooms)

You may use your personal device during nutrition break and lunchtimes (to communicate with parents, listen to music, play games, read an e-book, etc.), although you are strongly encouraged to also be active, converse with your friends, and get fresh air.


Technology-access is not a right, it is a privilege, and it is a tool that we want you to benefit from as much as possible – in your life, the school and the classroom.

These are the steps that will be followed in the event that the norms are not followed as indicated by the teacher:

Level 1: You will be given one verbal reminder of the expectations
Level 2: Your device will be removed and placed in safekeeping in a teacher’s desk or in the main office; it will be returned before leaving the school. Your teacher will inform your parents.
Level 3: If misuse occurs again after your device was removed once, your parents will be contacted to come to the school to pick up your device; a meeting with you, your parents and your teacher may be needed before you are permitted to have your device at school again
Level 4: You will lose the privilege of bringing your personal device to school for a period of time (a month, a semester or the remainder of the school year). This may include having your CBE access restricted and/or temporarily barred.

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

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