These guidelines are based on the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and its four guiding
    principles of: respect, privacy, sharing, and safety. These guidelines are appropriate for all
    technology users and we encourage parents to follow these guidelines in their own homes. Duxbury
    Public School (DPS) provides access to electronic resources that promote educational excellence,
    sharing of information, innovative instruction, and online communication to enhance Millennial
    Learners’ ability to live and work in the 21st century. Online communication constitutes email,
    Internet, blogging, any use of network resources, etc. DPS electronic resources include, but are not
    limited to all hardware, software, data, communication devices, printers, servers, filtered Internet
    access, and local and wide area networks.
    Online communication is critical for Millennial Learners to apply 21st Century Skills and employ tools
    such as interactive websites, blogs, video conferencing, podcasts, etc which offer authentic
    opportunities for students to express and share information. To keep students safe and comply with
    the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Acceptable Use Guideline is put in place and updated
    to accommodate for the many education and global changes to date. This Acceptable Use Guideline is
    written for all those who use school provided Network connections. These connections may be used
    for classroom blogs, student emails, podcast projects, interactive websites, and any other occasion
    students, teachers, or community members use school Network space.
    The following is a statement of rules and guidelines for the acceptable use of electronic information
    resources. These are provided to help understand what is acceptable behavior with the use of
    technology. While these rules and guidelines detail acceptable use of electronic information resources
    anywhere, these are rules and guidelines under which all members of the DPS community (students
    and staff) will be held accountable.
    DPS provides students and staff access to various electronic resources including a wide range of
    educational materials through Internet and computer online services. DPS uses content filtering
    technology in compliance with CIPA on all school computers with Internet access to protect against
    unacceptable web content. However, no web filtering technology is 100% safe. DPS realizes this fact
    and takes every effort to monitor online activity.
    Student Safety. Do not send any message that includes personal information such as: home address,
    personal phone numbers and/or last name for yourself or any other person. Likewise, the staff is not
    permitted to post this information to public domains (i.e. class web page or Internet). Student pictures
    and/or work may be included on district/ school/ classroom websites without identifying captions
    unless the site is password protected.
    Extended Safety K- 5. Teachers of students in grades K-2 will access appropriate websites for their
    students. Students in grades 3-5 may not attempt to access any Internet resource without the prior
    consent of the teacher.
    Password Protection. Internet passwords are provided for each user’s personal use only and are,
    therefore, confidential. Never share your password, steal or use another person’s password. If you
    suspect that someone has discovered your password, you should change it immediately and notify
    your teacher or administrator who in turn will notify the network administrator or the technology
    director. As words are easily hacked, when establishing a password one should keep in mind that
    strong passwords consist of a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
    Privacy. E-mail is no more private than a postcard. Students and staff need to know that files stored
    on school computers are not private. Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for
    educational purposes only. The District has the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at
    any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access
    including transmitted and received information. All information files are the property of the District
    and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such files. Federal Law requires that all
    email sent and received be stored for a period of ‘seven years’.
    Online Etiquette. Follow the guidelines of accepted behaviors within the school handbook. Use
    appropriate language and graphics. Swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, harassing,
    threatening or abusive language of any kind is not acceptable. Do not use school online access to
    make, distribute, or redistribute jokes, stories, cyber bullying, obscene material or material which is
    based on slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual
    Messaging. Teachers may incorporate: email, blogs, podcasts, video conferencing, online
    collaborations, PDAs, IMing, texting, Virtual Learning Environments and other forms of direct
    electronic communications (i.e. cell phones, PDAs, cameras) or Web 2.0 applications for educational
    purposes. Although teachers monitor student online activity, it is the direct responsibility of the user
    to comply with this acceptable use policy.
    Blogging/Podcasting. Uses of blogs, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools are considered an extension of
    the classroom. Whether at home or in school, any speech that is considered inappropriate in the
    classroom is also inappropriate in all uses of blogs, podcasts, or other Web 2.0 tools. Students using
    blogs, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools are expected to act safely by keeping ALL personal
    information out of their posts. Comments made on school related blogs should follow the rules of
    online etiquette detailed above and will be monitored by school personnel. If inappropriate, they will
    be deleted. Never link to web sites from a blog without reading the entire article to make sure it is
    appropriate for a school setting.
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    Plagiarism/Copyright/Licensing. Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's words or ideas as your
    own. Students are required to give proper credit to all Internet sources used in academic
    assignments, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such
    as graphics, movies, music, and text. Plagiarism of Internet resources will be treated in the same
    manner as any other incidences of plagiarism, as stated in the school handbook. In addition, all
    students and faculty must adhere to the copyright laws of the Unites States (P.L. 94-553) and the
    Congressional Guidelines that delineate it regarding software, authorship, and copying information.
    All students and faculty should also adhere to the Creative Commons licenses where the author/artist
    denotes what media may be shared, remixed, or reused.
    Proxies. The use of anonymous proxies to get around content filtering is strictly prohibited and is a
    direct violation of this agreement.
    Illegal Activities. Use of the network for any illegal activities is prohibited. Illegal activities include, but
    are not limited to: (a) tampering with computer hardware or software, (b) software piracy (c)
    unauthorized entry into computers and files (hacking), (d) knowledgeable vandalism or destruction of
    equipment, (e) deletion of computer files belonging to someone other than oneself, (f) uploading or
    creating of computer viruses, (g) distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, and (h) sexting.
    Such activity is considered a crime under state and federal law. Users must be aware that any illegal
    action carried out over the Internet will be reported to law enforcement officials for possible
    prosecution. Please be advised, it is a federal offense (felony) to break into any security system.
    Financial and legal consequences of such actions are the responsibility of the user (staff, volunteer,
    and student) and student’s parent or guardian.
    The Duxbury Public Schools reserve the right to deny, revoke or suspend specific user privileges
    and/or to take other disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, expulsion (students), or
    dismissal (staff) for violations of these Guidelines. The District will advise appropriate law
    enforcement agencies of illegal activities conducted through the Duxbury Internet Connection. The
    District also will cooperate fully with local, state, and/or federal officials in any investigation related
    to any illegal activities conducted through the service. The school district and its representatives are
    not responsible for the actions of the users or the information they access.
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    In order for a student to access the Internet, a parent/guardian and the student must sign and return
    this consent form by (date).
    ____ I GIVE my permission to DPS (or specific school) to allow my child computer access to the
    Internet or online services and my child agrees to the usage guideline listed herein.
    ____ I DO NOT GIVE permission to DPS to allow my child computer access to the Internet or online
    services. Since the school cannot always prevent student access to such services, I have directed my
    child not to access the Internet or online services.
    ___ I give permission to display my child’s image ___ I give permission to display my child's voice. ___
    I give permission to display my child's work
    ___ I do not want my child’s image to be displayed ___ I do not want my child’s work to be displayed.
    ___ I do not want my child's voice to be displayed
    Parent Signature _______________________________________________________
    Student Signature ______________________________________________________
    May 12, 2010