MESC Acceptable User Agreement (Full)

MESC Acceptable User Agreement (Full)
Mount Eliza Secondary College
Information for Parents
Acceptable Use Agreement for Ultranet, internet and digital technologies.
Mount Eliza Secondary College believes the teaching of cybersafe and responsible online
behaviour is essential in the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home
and school.
21st century students spend increasing amounts of time online, learning and collaborating. To be
safe online and to gain the greatest benefit from the opportunities provided through an online
environment, students need to do the right thing by themselves and others online, particularly
when no one is watching.
Safe and responsible behaviour is explicitly taught at our school and parents/carers are
requested to reinforce this behaviour at home.
Some online activities are illegal and as such will be reported to police.
Part A - School support for the safe and responsible use of digital technologies
Mount Eliza Secondary College uses the Ultranet, internet and digital technologies as teaching
and learning tools. We see the internet and digital technologies as valuable resources, but
acknowledge they must be used responsibly.
Your child has been asked to agree to use the Ultranet, internet and mobile technologies
responsibly at school. Parents/carers should be aware that the nature of the internet is such that
full protection from inappropriate content can never be guaranteed.
At Mount Eliza Secondary College we:
• have policies in place that outline the values of the school and expected behaviours when
students use digital technology and the internet
• provide a filtered internet service
• provide access to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s search
engine Connect (an additional statement around the use of the EDUlist could be included if
the school is using that service) (www.education.vic.gov.au/primary or
www.education.vic.gov.au/secondary which can be used to direct students to websites that
have been teacher recommended and reviewed
• provide supervision and direction in online activities and when using digital technologies for
learning
• support students in developing digital literacy skills
• have a cybersafety program at the school which is reinforced across the school
• use mobile technologies for educational purposes (e.g. podcasts or photos from excursions)
• provide support to parents/carers to understand this agreement (e.g. language support)
• provide support to parents/carers through information evenings and through the document
attached to this agreement for parent to keep at home
• work with students to outline and reinforce the expected behaviours in the Ultranet*.
* The Ultranet is a password protected online learning space for all Victorian Government
school students. In this space your child will be able to use tools to communicate and
collaborate with other students and be able to access learning activities both at school and at
home. The Ultranet will be active at Mount Eliza Secondary College from 2010.
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Part B - Student Agreement
When I use digital technology I agree to:
• be a safe, responsible and ethical user whenever and wherever I use it
• support others by being respectful in how I communicate with them and never participate
in online bullying (this includes forwarding messages and supporting others in harmful,
inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour)
• talk to a teacher if I feel uncomfortable or unsafe online or see others participating in
unsafe, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour
• seek to understand the terms and conditions of websites and online communities and be
aware that content I upload or post is my digital footprint
• protect my privacy rights and those of other students by not giving out personal details
including full names, telephone numbers, addresses and images
• use the internet for educational purposes and use the equipment appropriately
• use social networking sites for educational purposes and only as directed by teachers
• abide by copyright procedures when using content on websites (ask permission to use
images, text, audio and video and cite references where necessary)
• think critically about other users’ intellectual property and how I use content posted on
the internet.
• not interfere with network security, the data of another user or attempt to log into the
network with another user’s account
• not reveal my password to anyone except the system administrator or the teacher
• not bring or download unauthorised programs, including games, to the school or run
them on school computers
• not deliberately enter or remain in any site that has obscene language or offensive
content (e.g. racist material or violent images).
When I use my mobile phone, iPod or other mobile device I agree to:
• use my phone in accordance with the College rules
• protect the privacy of others and never post online or forward private information about
another person
• only take photos and record sound or video when it is part of an approved lesson
• seek appropriate (written) permission from individuals involved before publishing or
sending photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space
• be respectful in the photos I take or video I capture and never use these as a tool for
bullying.
This Acceptable Use Agreement also applies during school excursions, camps and extracurricula activities.
There is further explanation of the Student Agreement dot points later in this document.
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Mount Eliza Secondary College
Acceptable Use Agreement for Ultranet, internet and digital technologies.
Requirements for parents/carers and students accessing portable devices purchased with
commonwealth government funding for Digital Education Revolution.
The Digital Education Revolution– VIC program aims to improve student learning experiences
both in and out of the classroom. Mount Eliza Secondary College is providing students with a
digital device on the expectation that they will make good decisions with regard to their personal
use of technology.
The acceptable use agreement must be signed and provided to the school before the device will
be issued or used.
1. Purpose
The digital device is to be provided as a tool to assist student learning both at school and at
home.
2. Equipment
2.1 Ownership
2.1.1 If taken home, the student must bring portable devices fully charged to school every day.
Power cords should be left at home.
2.1.2 The school retains ownership of the device until the student completes Year 12. At this
time ownership of the device will be determined by the school
2.1.3 Parents/carers and students should be aware that files stored on the device or on the
school’s server are not private.
2.1.4 If the student leaves the school prior to completing Year 12 or moves to another
Government or non-Government school, interstate or overseas, the device must be
returned to the school
2.2 Damage or loss of equipment
2.2.1 All devices and batteries are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. The warranty covers
manufacturer’s defects and normal use of the device. It does not cover negligence,
abuse or malicious damage.
2.2.2 Any, vandalism, damage, loss or theft of the device must be reported immediately to the
appropriate sub school office. This includes any unauthorised “personalisation” of the
device such as scribing, adding stickers etc.
2.2.3 In the case of suspected theft a police report must be made by the family and a copy of
the report provided to the school.
2.2.4 In the case of loss or accidental damage the Mount Eliza Secondary College Loss or
Damage Form should be completed, signed by a parent/carer, student and returned to
the appropriate sub-school office.. A copy of this document is available from the College
web site.
2.2.5 If a device is damaged or lost the Principal will determine whether replacement is
appropriate and/or whether or not the student retains access to a device for home use.
2.2.6 Students will be required to replace lost or damaged chargers.
2.2.7 If a device is damaged and said damage is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty
or any of the school’s insurance arrangements, the Principal may determine that the
student must pay to the school the costs of repairing the damage or if necessary the
costs of replacing the device. A list of charges is available from the College web site.
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2.3 Substitution of equipment
2.3.1 When a device is replaced under warranty, its type of replacement will depend upon the
respective manufacturer’s warranty.
2.3.2 When a device is replaced by the school, its type of replacement will depend upon the
replacement policy of the school.
3. Standards for device
The student is responsible for:
3.1.1 Taking care of digital devices in accordance with school guidelines
3.1.2 Adhering to the school’s Acceptable Use Agreement when using the machine A copy of
this agreement can be found on the College web site.
3.1.3 Backing up data securely Guidelines on how to back up your computer are available
from the College web site.
3.1.4 Maintaining settings for virus protection, spam and filtering that have been set as a
departmental standard.
For further support with online issues students can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Parents/carers can call Parentline 132289 or visit http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/report.aspx
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Family Information
Advice to support the safe and responsible use of digital technologies at home
At school the internet is mostly used to support teaching and learning. At home, however, it is
often used differently. Not only is it a study resource for students, but it is increasingly being
used as a social space to meet and chat.
The term “space” is used here to describe a website that works like a community with live
interaction and the capacity for your child to chat with others, personalise their space and share
information. Each space has a purpose, audience and tool set including those around security
and protection. The internet also provides access to websites with information, images videos
for students to view. Not all content is presented as a space.
The Ultranet is a password protected online learning space for all Victorian Government school
students. In this space your child will be able to use tools to communicate and collaborate with
other students from their class/school both at school and at home. The Ultranet will be active at
Mount Eliza Secondary College from 2010. The Ultranet is designed as a learning space,
accessible at home. It will not stop or replace access to the internet for your child.
About the agreement:
In signing this agreement your child will be agreeing to behave in a certain way online and to
take appropriate action when and as required. Elements of agreement are explained below.
Please contact the school to clarify or receive additional information.
The Ultranet provides learning spaces that are moderated by teachers. Moderations track
comments and control who can use the spaces and tools. The spaces on the internet are
different. The control of these is often with the site or space owners. Ultranet users are able to
report incidents and have content removed.
Be a safe, responsible and ethical user whenever and wherever I use it.
The school’s Student Engagement/Wellbeing Policy outlines the values of the school and
expected behaviours when students use the Ultranet, the internet and digital technologies at
school. The Ultranet and some portable technologies provided by the Department of Education
and Early Childhood Development are available in students’ homes.
Support others by being respectful in how I communicate with them and never write or
participate in online bullying (this includes forwarding messages and supporting others
in harmful, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour).
Being online can make students feel that they are anonymous and sometimes students may say
things online that they would never say to someone’s face. The web space or online chat
environment that they use in leisure time might also have explicit language and they may feel
they have to be part of it. Bullying online can take a number of forms from repeated messages
to exclusion from social spaces. Students who forward on messages or participate in the
exclusion may not see themselves as bullying. These actions also contribute to the hurt and
distress of others.
Talk to a teacher if I feel uncomfortable or unsafe online or see others participating in
unsafe, inappropriate or hurtful online behaviour.
Incidents online often go unreported. Students have reported their reasons as embarrassment,
a belief that online issues are theirs to solve as adults don’t understand, a feeling that reporting
it will make it worse and the most common reason given is a fear that they will lose access to
their technology.
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Students are advised to report an incident if:
• they feel that the welfare of other students at the school is being threatened
• they come across sites which are not suitable for their school
• someone writes something they don’t like, or makes them and their friends feel
uncomfortable or asks them to provide information that they know is private
• they accidentally do something which is against the rules and responsibilities they have
agreed to.
Seek to understand the terms and conditions of websites and online communities and be
aware that content I upload or post is my digital footprint.
Many websites/spaces have conditions of use, such as ownership of the content and the age of
participants. For example: Children under 13 years of age are not permitted access to
Facebook. When posting information online - A good rule is “Don’t post what you wouldn’t want
your Grandparent, Principal, or future boss to read.”
Protect my privacy rights and those of other students by not giving out personal details
including full names, telephone numbers, addresses and images.
Students like to publish information about themselves and their friends in spaces like MySpace,
Facebook and blogs. This can put them at risk of being approached, groomed or bullied online.
To avoid this we recommend they:
• don’t use their own name, but develop an online name and use avatars
• don’t share personal details, including images of themselves or their friends online
• password protect any spaces or accounts they have
• don’t allow anyone they don’t know to join their chat or collaborative space
• are reminded that any image or comment they put on the internet is now public (anyone
can see, change or use it) so no full names should appear in reference to individuals in
any image, movie or sound recording
• ALWAYS make the space private so that they can control who sees their space and can
communicate with them
• understand the terms and conditions of any website or online community that they might
join.
The Ultranet environment is controlled so that only the school community is able to see
information. Teachers will outline expected processes with students in these spaces however, it
is still important to think before you post to any online space.
Use the internet at school for educational purposes and use the equipment appropriately.
It is important to realise that there is a time for fun and a time for work even on the internet.
Students may often see the internet as ‘free’ however even just looking at a page on the internet
incurs a download cost. By taking care with the equipment, and thinking carefully about printing
and downloading from the internet students can save time, money and the environment. Staying
on task will reduce the risk of inappropriate access and teach students strategies to use the
internet or mobile technologies for their learning.
The Ultranet is designed as a learning space and the tasks set within it are clearly educational.
At a home with internet, students will be able to access their Ultranet learning space. They will
also have access to the rest of the internet. If your child is spending hours online ‘doing their
homework,’ it may be that they are multitasking in many other applications, some of it study
related and other interaction may be social.
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Use social networking sites for educational purposes and only as directed by teachers.
Web 2.0 tools and social networking spaces allow students to be contributors to the web and to
work collaboratively online with other students. Creating or contributing to blogs, wikis, digital
stories and podcasts can all be legitimate educational activities which allow students to publish,
share and inform others and be active contributors to the web. It is important for students to
understand that working in a collaborative space as part of a learning task, has a very different
purpose to using a social networking space to link up with friends in their own time.
The Ultranet is established as a learning space for students. To ensure students understand the
difference between an educational collaborative space and a community dedicated to
socialising, teachers will clearly outline the educational purpose of the task and the roles and
responsibilities of students. Protocols for what will be considered acceptable practice in the
collaborative space will be established.
Abide by copyright procedures when using content on websites (ask permission to use
images, text, audio and video and cite references where necessary).
Music, information, images and games on the internet are owned by someone. The term
copyright is a legal one and there are laws to enforce it. Not only is breaking copyright morally,
ethically and legally wrong, it can introduce potential risks. By downloading a ‘freebie’ you can
risk bringing a virus or spyware to the computer or system. These can destroy a computer
system or provide hackers with details such as passwords and bank accounts. Peer to peer
sharing software like Limewire and Bit-torrent can sometimes share music and files illegally, and
make computers vulnerable.
Think critically about other users’ intellectual property and how I use content posted on
the internet, not simply copy and paste information from websites.
Not everything on the internet is true, accurate or unbiased. The school is working to teach
digital literacy skills, which enable students to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively
on the internet. It is important that your child respects the Intellectual Property of people who
contribute resources online. Students should use their own thoughts and language to express
what they have learnt, and avoid simply copying and pasting information from the internet.
Not interfere with network security, the data of another user or attempt to log into the
network with another user’s account.
Not reveal my password to anyone except the system administrator or classroom
teachers.
Not bring or download programs without permission, including games, to the school or
run them on school computers.
Not deliberately enter or remain in any site that has obscene language or offensive
content (e.g. racist material or violent images).
In school settings, internet service providers set up filters to block out a lot of inappropriate
content, but these filters are not always foolproof. Students who deliberately seek out
inappropriate content or use technologies which bypass filters, will have their internet access
reviewed and their parent/carers will be immediately informed.
Computer facilities are for the use of all students so due care should be taken at all times when
using these resources. Students are responsible for everything done using their accounts, and
everything in their home directories. To this end, students need to keep their password secret
and not gain access to other students’ login details. The school connects all of the computers
through a network. The introduction of unknown games or files could introduce viruses, etc and
these put all school equipment and student work at risk.
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To this end, when using my digital device as a phone, I will:
• Use my phone in accordance with the College rules. Protect the privacy of others and
never post or forward private information about another person
When using a digital device as a camera I will:
• Only take photos and record sound or video when it is part of a class or lesson.
• Seek permission from individuals involved before taking photos, recording sound or
videoing them (including teachers).
• Seek appropriate (written) permission from individuals involved before publishing or
sending photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space.
• Be respectful in the photos I take or video I capture and never use these as a tool for
bullying.
Mobile phones and digital devices are a seamless part of our lives. The school allows the use of
these digital technologies as a tool to enhance the capacity for learning in a classroom.
The recording of images and sounds can breach students’ rights under the Privacy Act.
Sometimes students are reluctant to tell their peers that they don’t want their image or voice
recorded. The Privacy Act says that the posting and sharing of information online or in any other
way requires consent.
This consent must be fully informed, freely given, current and specific in how the information
will be presented and who it will be presented to. Schools are required to obtain signed authority
for any work, images or information posted online. All citizens need to respect the rights of
others to privacy and students are no exception. A sample consent form for requesting
permission is available on the DEECD website. Consent can be withdrawn at anytime.
(http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/elearningsupportservices/www/formstemps.htm#
H2N10064)
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Scenarios for teacher/parent/guardian/student discussion:
What can you do?
• You found the car picture you were searching for, but it includes a naked woman!
• Someone keeps messaging nasty and upsetting comments about you and your friends
on your mobile phone.
• A person you met online asks you to give them your full name, phone number and
suggests you meet. Is it different if they have been your “friend” for a long time?
• You are sent a message which has been forwarded by someone else. It has
embarrassing comments/image about someone you know.
• A game online will only let you play it if you give your name, address, date of birth, etc.
• An online community asks you to sign up and allow the space to “Connect you to all your
friends” It wants your email address and password to do this. It needs access to your
address book.
• In an online space/chat someone suggests you all exclude /block a classmate.
• Your friend took a video of you and your friends ‘mucking around’ and posted it on a
video hosting service like YouTube.
• You told your parent/guardian that you are doing homework for hours every night on the
computer.
• Your friend has an online profile published (not set to private). You can see their
personal details and photos. Other people you know are in the photos.
• A friend tells you about a great site where there is ‘free’ music or a game to download.
Key Discussion Questions for parents to ask
At home we recommend you make some time to find out how your child is using the Ultranet
and the internet. Make some time to sit with them online and ask questions such as:
o
What is it that is so enjoyable about the site or space you are using? What is the purpose
of the site or space?
o
How does it work? How do you set it up? What are the conditions of use?
o
Who is else is sharing this space? Do you know them or did you ‘meet’ them online? How
can you control who is in your space?
o
Can you see any risks or dangers in the activity? What would you say to warn/inform a
younger child?
o
What are you doing to protect yourself or your friends from these potential dangers?
o
When would you tell an adult about an incident that has happened online? Who would you
tell?
o
When wouldn’t you tell and why not? Research shows that students are reluctant to report
issues and put at risk their internet/phone access.
Encourage your child to set their space to ‘private’ if they use a social networking site like
MySpace, Bebo or Facebook (they are then in control of who can contact them and access their
information).
Ensure that all internet activities occur in a shared place– not your child’s bedroom. Negotiate
appropriate times for online activities and use of mobile phones. Consider the use of “safe
search filters” freely available as settings on Google, Bing etc
If you have any concerns about this agreement or ideas for making the agreement better please
contact Mr Phil Larkins on (03) 9787-6288 or by email [email protected]
For further support with online issues students can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Parents/carers call Parentline 132289 or visit http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/report.aspx
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