IT IS THE PARENTS/GUARDIANS RESPONSIBILITY TO
- understand the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the education of their child;
- educate their child in responsible use of these technologies.
Posting students' work on the Internet provides them with an important sense of validation and pride. Students need to learn that Cyberspace must be treated like real space and that therefore their use of the Internet must respect the following rules:
- to never create, access, store, send, distribute or print any material which is generally considered to be unlawful, obscene, pornographic, erotic, sexually explicit, racist, abusive, discriminatory, hate-motivated, harassing, threatening, demeaning or otherwise objectionable in imagery or language (Netiquette);
- to report to the supervising teacher any information or messages received that make them uncomfortable;
- to never agree to meet with someone they encounter online without the prior permission of their parents/guardians/teacher;
- to never fill out and submit on-line forms without prior permission of the parents/guardians/teacher.
Discussing student interests and activities in forums such as web pages and e-mail are legitimate pedagogical activities. However, it is important to be aware of the possible risks associated with communicating in a global environment. Such risks could include:
- receiving unwanted communication and solicitations from individuals who gain access to students' personal identifying information;
- gaining access to unlawful, obscene, pornographic, erotic, sexually explicit, racist, abusive, discriminatory, hate-motivated, harassing, threatening, demeaning or otherwise objectionable material, imagery or language.
Minimizing student exposure to such risks is a key element of the School Boards Information and Communication Technologies Access and Acceptable Use Policy.
As a standard operating procedure, students and schools cannot release the following student identifying information within Internet e-mail or other electronic publications/files:
- the names, telephone/fax numbers or personal addresses of any person, without prior permission (Consent Form, Appendix 3);
A student's picture or name will not be released unless prior parental/ guardian permission has been obtained (Conent Form, Appendix 3). Each request will be evaluated by the teacher on a case-by-case basis.