The purpose of this policy is to outline the acceptable uses of technology, including but not limited to hardware devices, software, network and Internet access and to define the consequences of misuse.
All technology in the Green Brook Township Public School District has been purchased and installed for instructional and administrative use only.
The software installed on each computer and network has been purchased by the district and licensed for use herein. Because the computers are used in a variety of classroom situations, it is critical that each workstation operates as it was meant to in each instance.
Basic Guidelines for Computer Usage
- Respect for the equipment of the school and its network is a condition for use of the computers.
- Students are never to give anyone their password to any of their accounts or allow another student to use their account to access the Internet or school network.
- Students are not to give out personal information like telephone number, full name, address, etc. to anyone on the Internet.
- Students are to notify the teacher/librarian immediately of any disturbing material they may encounter on the web or in e-mail. CIPA-prohibited websites and others deemed inappropriate are blocked by the district.
- Students may not download any programs from the Internet.
- Students will not bring food or drinks into the lab.
- Materials created and /or stored on the network are not guaranteed to be private. Network administrators may review the system from time to time and delete unnecessary files.
- The network may not be used to download, copy, or store any software, shareware, or freeware including, but not limited to games, music, pictures, without prior permission from the network administrator.
- The network users may not use vulgar, derogatory, or obscene language. Users may not engage in personal attacks, harass another person, or post private information about another person.
- Network users may not log on to someone else’s account or attempt to access another user’s files. “Hacking” or otherwise trying to gain access to another person’s or organization’s computer system is prohibited.
- Network users may not access Web sites, newsgroups, or chat areas that contain material that is obscene or that promotes illegal acts. If a user accidentally accesses such information, he or she should immediately notify a teacher, librarian and/or network administrator.
- Students may not check personal email accounts, or personal webpages, e.g My Space.com
- No pictures may be downloaded or uploaded to computers by students
- The network may not be used for any activity, or to transmit any material that violates United States or local laws. This includes, but is not limited to illegal activities such as threatening the safety of another person, violating copyright laws, or engaging in “spamming” (sending unwanted junk email to 10 or more email users, including, but not limited to pornography, chain letters, advertising, etc).
- The network may not be used for commercial purposes. Users may not buy or sell products or services through the system without prior permission from the network administrator.
- Use of the network for advertising or political or religious lobbying is prohibited.
Children’s Internet Protection Act:Internet Safety Policy
It is the policy of the district to (a) prevent, to the extent practical, user access or the transmission over its computer network, of inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent, to the extent practical, unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent, to the extent practical, unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].