Computer Use Policy

A.  Educational Purpose

  1. Internet access through the Toronto District School Board Wide Area Netwark (WAN) has been established for educational purposes uch as: classroom activities, career exploration, research projects, and online communications.

B.  Student Internet Access

  1. Students may have access to Internet resources through their classrooms, school library information centre or school computer lab.
  2. Students and parents/guardians must sign a Student Internet Agreement for the student to be granted permission for Internet access intheir school.
  3. Parents/guardians may refuse or withdraw their approval by providing written notice to the school.
  4. The Board retains the right to monitor the use of the Internet in its schools.

C.  Personal Responsibilities

  1. Students are expected to use the Internet in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational purposes for which it was intended.  Responsible, ethical use of the Internet includes the following:
    • Respect for the rights of others
    • Respect for the right of privacy in the use of e-mail accounts
    • Ethical use of electronic information
    • Adherence to rules governing the use of computers (including Internet or computer use policies established by individual schools)
    • Adherence to codes of conduct, such as Board policies, the Ontario Human Rights Code, Copyright Act the Criminal Code of Canada and other laws.

  2. This Policy is an extension of your school’s Code of Behaviour.  Your school’s Code of Behaviour also applies to your use of the Internet.

D.    Netiquette (Internet Rules of Use)

  1. Personal Safety
    • Do not reveal personal information about yourself or other people without checking with your teacher first.  Personal information includes your full name, home address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc.  You should not reveal such information even if you believe that you are communicating with another student.
    • Never agree to telephone or meet with someone you have met online.
    • Promptly report to your teacher any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
    • You should not assume that a message you send to someone else will be confidential.
  2. Inappropriate or unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Posting information that may cause damage or endanger persons or property,
    • Posting false or defamatory information about a person or an organization,
    • Reposting a private message without the permission of the sender,
    • Using the school’s Internet access for commercial purposes.
  3. Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism
    • You must respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you reproduce work without permission. Do not copy images, text, graphics, or other materials, unless the source provides permission.  If you are not sure, ask your teacher.
    • Plagiarism is taking the ideas, writing or images of others and presenting them as if they were yours. If you make use of information from the Internet for projects, assignments or essays, you must acknowledge the source of the information either in a footnote or bibliography.
  4. Access to Controversial Materials
    • Do not use your Internet privileges to access or send material that is profane, indecent or obscene, that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people. Special exceptions with respect to Internet access may be made for controversial materials if the purpose is to conduct research, and both your teacher and parent/guardian have approved.
    • If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher. This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated the Student Acceptable Use Policy.

E.  Statement of Liability

        The Board makes no warranties with respect to the provision of Internet access specifically assumes no responsibilities for.

    • Any information that may be lost, damaged or unavailable due to technical or other difficulties or for any interruptions, delay or failure of the service.
    • The accuracy or quality of the information obtained through the Internet.
    • Any costs, liabilities or damages caused by or incurred due to student’s use of the Internet
    • The privacy of electronic communication sent through the Internet.
    • Access by the student of inappropriate materials on the Internet.
    • Unauthorized use of the Board’s Internet access facility or the failure of the student or another student to comply with the Policy.
    • Any personal or psychological injury suffered by the student as a direct or indirect result of the student’s use of the Board’s Internet access.

F.  Consequences of Unacceptable Internet Use

Depending on the nature of the infraction, the following measures will be taken to deal with inappropriate use:

    • Warning
    • Detention             
    • Restricted use of the computer in the school
    • Suspension/expulsion from school

 

NOTE:

Parents should be aware that if students break the law through the improper use of the Internet, police involvement or legal action may be taken.

This document is an agreement for as long as your son/daughter is attending Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute.

This Policy may be updated from time to time and reasonable efforts will be made to announce such changes before they are implemented.