EBRPSS Internet & Network Usage Policy
II. Student Policies and Guidelines
Student use of network resources and the Internet is for educational purposes. Adherence to policies and guidelines is required for continued access to technological resources.
A. Online Safety Instruction
All students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyber-bullying awareness and response.
B. Email and Telecommunications
In general, any student use of networks and telecommunication resources must be for educational purposes. School system rules for student communication also apply in the online environment. Students must respect and adhere to policies in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook as well as any other applicable policy, and local, state, and federal law.
1. login and use network resources only with their student account.
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2. logoff and close applications immediately after completing work to prevent unauthorized use of the user ID.
3. not use email, chat rooms, net meeting rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication including instant messaging systems unless authorized by the district and directly supervised by a teacher. School system rules prohibiting indecent, vulgar, lewd, slanderous, abusive, threatening, sexually harassing, bullying, cyber-bullying, or any form of terrorizing language which shall apply to all forms of electronic communications. The student and parent or guardian shall sign an EBR Internet and Network Usage Policy agreement prior to an email or network account being issued.
4. not distribute private information about themselves or others.
5. not send spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings.
6. not view, use, or copy passwords to which they are not authorized.
C. Network and Internet Use
1. use Internet search engines and/or other Internet tools only under the direction and supervision of teachers.
2. observe copyright laws, citing the source of information accessed over the Internet using a standard system as directed by the teacher and/or librarian.
3. not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal, such as obscenity, stolen materials, or illegal copies of copyrighted works, including, but not limited to, music, games, and movies.
4. not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create any materials or visual depictions on school or district networks or the Internet that are indecent, vulgar, lewd, slanderous, abusive, threatening, harassing, terrorizing, or harmful to minors. All forms of cyber-bullying are strictly prohibited.
5. not attempt to gain unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking" or otherwise compromise any computer or network security or engage in any illegal activities on the Internet, including willfully introducing a computer virus, worm, or other harmful program to the network.
6. not use, download and/or install any file sharing program or anonymous proxy programs or websites that bypass the district filtering systems.
7. not use technology resources to further other acts that are criminal or violate the school or district code of conduct.
8. not make any purchase on the Internet while using school equipment or Internet service.
Students who may inadvertently access a site that is pornographic, obscene, or harmful to minors shall immediately disconnect from the site and inform the teacher. The board does not condone any illegal or inappropriate activities and will not be responsible for such use by students. The board does not guarantee the right to use the Internet and reserves the right to suspend or terminate the privilege of any individual at its sole discretion without notice, cause, or reason.
Any violation of this policy may result in the loss of access to the Internet through the EBRPSS network. Additional disciplinary action for students will be determined in accordance with existing rules and procedures, both administrative and as stipulated in East Baton Rouge Parish policy, and including applicable law enforcement agencies when necessary.