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Student Acceptable Use Policy

Last Updated

Feb 2015

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY 

Thornlie Christian College has strict guidelines governing student access to the College Network and the Internet. Every student should be aware of the Acceptable Use Policy as shown below. Together with online monitoring of student access to websites and the dynamic blocking of inappropriate, offensive or non-educational websites, TCC ensures that the Internet is used as an effective learning resource. 

Acceptable Use

    • The College Network and Internet access is provided to students for educational purposes only. 
    • Use of Google Drive, Gmail, Edmodo or any College storage is for Educational material only. 
    • Teachers and College Staff may access student’s data held in any College related storage device or service for academic and security reasons.
    • Students are not permitted to download material to any other directories/accounts. 
    • Unauthorised social media services, electronic chat services and non-College e-mail are not available to students without permission from the network supervisors. 
    • Publications dealing with illegal activities, pornography or extreme violence are not to be accessed or downloaded or brought to the College via USB or any other means.
    • Commercial activities such as advertising, buying or selling is not permitted. 
    • Use of another organisation's networks or computing services must comply with rules appropriate to that network. 
    • Any other activity which may be deemed detrimental to the College’s learning environment or equipment is not permitted.

    Education Only

    Access to the Internet through the College computing devices, student BYOD and Chromebooks at Thornlie Christian College is permitted for educational purposes only - as prescribed by courses of study at Thornlie Christian College and is subject to these conditions:

    • It is a condition of use that users comply with the requirements stated in this policy.
    • Failure to meet these conditions will result in loss of access to the Internet and the College Network via College computing devices, Chromebooks or BYOD device.

    Follow the Rules or Penalties Will Apply

    Students are bound by these rules, as conditions of the College, and further action within the College Behaviour Management Policy may be taken if deemed appropriate. It remains the right of staff at Thornlie Christian College to refuse access to any user to the Internet/College Network or to any computer within the College. Thornlie Christian College reserves the right to keep transcripts of any or all data carried through the network. Be aware that monitoring software is used to permanently record the time, date and computer number of any computer accessing inappropriate Web sites through the College network.

    No Offensive Material

    Accessing undesirable or offensive material is not permitted. This includes, but is not exclusive to:

    • any material portraying, describing or otherwise involving pornography, obscene language or violence.

    • using facilities provided by certain Web sites to produce and broadcast material which is slanderous to staff or students. As a guide only, this is any material that would not be considered appropriate for viewing by the general community in a public place.


    No Illegal Material

    Accessing illegal material or material describing criminal activities is not permitted. Conducting criminal acts or using the network for the organisation of criminal acts is not permitted. This includes, but is not exclusive to:

    • computer crime, malicious damage or intent, fraud, harassment or hacking.

    • any users involved in illegal activities will be reported to appropriate authorities. The College reserves the right to allow access, for the purposes of criminal investigation, to any network data transcripts taken.


    Cyber-bullying

    Using the College Network to defame any person is not permitted. (Generally, defamation occurs when a person publishes a statement or media that harms or damages the reputation or standing of another person within the community. A statement is published once it is known by a third

    person.) This includes but is not exclusive to:

    • Defamatory mobile phone messages.

    • Defamatory e-mail messages.

    • Defamatory web pages.

    • Defamatory use of programmes such as Usenet groups, Chat-rooms, E-Mail, Telnet, Bulletin Boards etc.

    Cyber-bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the College Bullying Policy. The College will use its discretion in deciding when Cyber-bullying that has occurred off-campus begins to impact on members within the College community and what the appropriate response will be.

    Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) & Chromebooks

    Students using College required Chromebooks (Years 3-9) or bringing their own device (Years 10-12) are subject to the above acceptable use policy (and the BYOD Acceptable Use Policy outlined below).

    BYOD – Years 10 to 12

    The BYOD is mandatory and, students are to bring their own device (laptop or tablet) to school so that they can work seamlessly between home and school as they engage in the learning processes prepared for them by their teachers.

    How does the BYOD Work?

    The device will need to be approved and registered with IT administration and will be identified with a Registration Sticker. Students will only be able to register one device.

    Chromebook - Years 3 to 9

    The Chromebook will have the College Tekskin applied to the device. The Tekskin displays the student’s name and the devices warranty expiry date and must remain on the device. If removed, the Tekskin will need to be replaced with the cost paid for by the parents.

    The Chromebook is to be taken home every evening to be charged. No chargers are to be brought to school. Should a Chromebook not be charged then the student will bring the Chromebook to the Library for charging. A loan unit may be borrowed. Also a PMI may be issued.

    The Chromebook Serial no. information sticker is attached to the base of the Chromebook. This sticker should not be removed as it provides information for warranty. As a precaution a record of the serial no. should be made and kept by parents for future reference should the need arise.

    For Primary students, the Chromebook should be kept inside the class and not left in school bags. With Secondary students, devices may be stored in the locker when not in use, but not left overnight.

    Using BYO Devices and Chromebooks

    At all times teachers will determine as to whether a student’s personal device (including the Chromebook) may be used in their class for each particular lesson, or part of a lesson. They will also determine how the device may be used to best help the student engage in the learning process.

    Limitations and Expectations

    The current policy for mobile phones in the secondary school will continue and so the use of the term ‘devices’ in this document does not include mobile phones. The devices will not be able to have 3G/4G connectivity but must have Wi-Fi capability. This is to ensure that while at school students have to connect through the TCC Wi-Fi system so that that they are accessing the Internet through the College’s Internet filtering system.

    If a student doesn’t bring their device on any given day or lesson, they will still have access to the College’s devices as usual. Loan units will be available through the Library for part of or all of the school day. Students will be expected to charge their devices/Chromebooks at home.
    Students may keep their device on their person or in their locker ( in the classroom in Primary) while at College but must take them home on completion of the school day.
    Students will not be able use their devices/Chromebooks during break times except in the College Library or while under direct supervision by a teacher. Parents will be expected to monitor content resident on their child’s device/Chromebook ensuring that it does not breach the College’s IT Acceptable Use Policy. Support is provided through the hub for parents and on the student intranet for students.The direct link is Splash.

    Insurance

    As with all student/ (parent) owned devices that are currently brought to school, appropriate insurance may be something that parents wish to acquire. The College will take reasonable care to minimise the possibility of theft or damage but ultimately will not be liable should such occur.





    PERMISSION TO USE THE COLLEGE NETWORK AND INTERNET

    Via Chromebook/BYOD/College Devices
     My signature below, means that I agree to abide by the Thornlie Christian College's Information Technology: Acceptable Use Policy – Students.

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