The successful use of these resources requires a disciplined attitude and a forward-looking approach to the use of electronic media as teaching and learning tools.
Students are required to use their laptop computers and the school computer network responsibly.
Communication on the information networks is often public and the general school rules pertaining to student behaviour, conduct and standards apply.
When using their laptop and accessing school information resources, students must follow the guidelines detailed in this document. It is essential that all parties act according to the laws and regulations that affect the use of electronic media.
Students who fail to comply will be referred to Student Services and may forfeit the right to access the school network. Other sanctions may be imposed depending on the nature of the breach.
The role of parents and caregivers is to convey the importance of the contents of this policy.
They can assist the school by communicating the importance of the contents of this document, informing the school of any concerns with their child’s use of the school resources and having an educative approach to the use of information technology in the home.
A log of all access to the internet including department-based e-mail will be maintained and periodically scanned. It is a condition of network access that students agree to the monitoring of all activities including their files, email and Internet access. The Network Administrator and the school network staff reserve the right to monitor all activities on the network.
Parents should be aware of incidents regarding safety online. Personal information is easily tracked and harvested by those who know how, so it is important to keep as safe as possible while online. Parents are encouraged to check the main government cybersafe information website for further useful information.
Saving or backing-up of data is the student’s responsibility. Teachers may not accept data loss as an excuse for failure to submit work on time.
All machines used at school must be configured with anti-virus software which frequently and automatically checks for viruses. On the detection of a virus or the suspicion of a viral infection, the student must inform the technicians at the next break.
Students are offered access to the internet and other resources on the school’s network. This access is a privilege and students are required to use the information network safely, effectively and responsibly. The Internet and the school’s network are provided for curriculum purposes only. Inappropriate use will result in temporary or permanent cancellation of network privileges and possible other sanctions depending on the breach.
STUDENT NETWORK ACCOUNTS
Student passwords must be kept confidential and students are prohibited from revealing their network password to anyone except the System Administrator. Account owners will be held responsible for all activity under their account. Students are responsible for their accounts and everything on their machines. As passwords must be kept secret, no user may claim that another person entered their home directory and did anything to cause school rules to be broken.
Users are prohibited from:
Deliberate attempts to disrupt the operation of the school’s network (eg the accessing of the operating system, downloading or creation of computer viruses) will result in disciplinary action. Such activity will be referred to Student Services and students may forfeit the right to access the school network.
STUDENT INTERNET RESPONSIBILITIES
Filtering software has been placed on the Internet links. It nonetheless remains the responsibility of individual students to ensure their behaviour does not contravene school rules or rules imposed by parents/caregivers or the law.
Students must follow school guidelines and procedures when preparing materials for publication on the web.