Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety
New Castle Community School Corporation utilizes software and/or hardware to monitor online activity of students to restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. Nevertheless, parents/guardians are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services on the Internet that the Corporation has not authorized for educational purposes. In fact, it is impossible to guarantee students will not gain access through the Internet to information and communications that they and/or their parents/guardians may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial. Parents/Guardians assume risks by consenting to allow their child to participate in the use of the Internet. Parents/Guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using the Internet. The Board supports and respects each families right to decide whether to apply for independent student access to Internet.
Pursuant to Federal law, students shall receive education about the following:
- Safety and security while using e-mail, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of direct electronic communications;
- The dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable information;
- The consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., “hacking”), cyber bullying and other unlawful or inappropriate activities by students online;
- Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.
Monitoring may include, but is not necessarily limited to, visual observations of online activities during class sessions; or use of specific monitoring tools to review browser history and network, server and computer logs.
All Internet users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a written agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its accompanying guidelines.