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Students and staff are bound to the School Board's Responsible Use Guidelines. Specifically, teachers will monitor students when using the district network to ensure the guidelines of appropriate behavior are being followed. Violation of the Responsible Use Guidelines will be reported to the appropriate school and district personnel. In addition, the District Expectations and Commitments documents list specific guidelines when using individually assigned devices such as an iPad.
iPads are set to restrict access to explicit music and content from iTunes and iBooks. iMessage is disabled on student devices. Middle school students are limited to apps rated age 9+ or below. High School students are limited to apps rated age 12+ and below.
Each school will develop a plan on how to educate students about digital citizenship and appropriate use guidelines. The Instructional Technology Coordinators have compiled a list of suggested materials from Common Sense Media for use by Teachers and Parents, schools may supplement this material with additional lessons or activities.
Please contact your student(s) school for more specific information about when and how these lessons will be incorporated.
There are two primary ways that parents can set additional limits. The first is by placing restrictions on the physical device. Apple offers several parental controls. You can learn more about how to use them on their website. In this option the restrictions set will remain on the device regardless of the network it is using.
A second way to create a home Internet filter is by signing up for an Internet filtering system. This method does not restrict the device but filters your home network and Internet traffic for any device that is using it. An option for home filtering is Open DNS
Please keep in mind that any filtering option is not foolproof. All services will, unfortunately, block some useful sites and let through some problematic ones. No technological solution is perfect and you should still remain in regular conversation with your student(s) about their online activity.