Computer and Internet Use

Students have access to computers, SanDiNet, and the Internet at school to provide them with unique resources, provide opportunities for collaborative work, and to support their research in an academic setting. It is expected that students will use these resources appropriately.

The use of computers, SanDiNet, and the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges.

In using the school computers and networks, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate network etiquette. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Being polite. Do not send abusive messages to anyone.
  • Maintaining your privacy. Do not reveal passwords, personal addresses or phone numbers for one's self or other persons.
  • Making good choices. Students are not permitted in electronic "chat rooms" or Internet real-time communications unless it is part of an educational activity supervised by a certificated instructor. Students may not download nor play games on their school computer, nor shall they use the camera in an inappropriate manner. School computers shall not be used for the streaming of music/videos, unless directly supervised by an instructor.
  • Respecting copyrights. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be the property of the author and should not be reused without his/her permission. This includes downloading materials without paying for them ("pirating" software, music, videos, etc…)
  • Respecting materials. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. This includes, but is not limited to, damaging hardware, damaging software, disrupting the network, and the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
  • Maintaining Standard District Settings. Students will maintain the traditional settings of the computer and applications, including but not limited to, changing backgrounds/wallpaper.
  • Support anti-Cyber-Bullying Behaviors: Cyber-bullying is the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio, or video) that intimidates, harasses, or is otherwise intended to harm, insult, or humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated, or hostile and unwanted manner.

Cyber-bullying includes things like:

  • Spreading information or pictures to embarrass;
  • Heated unequal argument online that includes making rude, insulting or vulgar remarks;
  • Isolating an individual from his or her peer group;
  • Using someone else's screen name and pretending to be that person;
  • Forwarding information or pictures meant to be private.

If students violate the policies above, it will result in any of the following consequences: parental notification, loss of privilege to use technology on campus, assigned suspension, removal from class, and/or criminal charges under local, state, or federal laws.

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