Student Acceptable Use Policy
Collingwood School embraces the use of technology by students and faculty alike, and students are encouraged to access the internet and use technology tools to enhance their learning. Students from grades 3 – 12 are provided a secure network account which allows them to access the WWW and network space to save their files. It is a general policy at Collingwood School that all technology (laptops, smartphones, iPads, Google Accounts, etc.) is to be used in a responsible, ethical and legal manner as outlined below.
Please ensure that you understand this document completely; ask any teacher if you have questions. This document is part of the online consent form digital ‘sign off’ completed in August.
- My password for all school accounts (PCR, network login, Google Apps for Education) belongs to me only. I will use a different, strong password for all my accounts and change my password frequently and immediately if someone becomes aware of it. I am personally responsible for all action that occurs on any of my school accounts.
- My network and Google Apps for Education accounts are a privilege. I will use my network space for educational files only and will adhere to data storage limits as outlined by computer services. It is my responsibility to maintain my network drive and backup material stored on the school network or Google.
- I will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to privileges, accounts, data, software, computers or networks.
- I must not change, hack, or damage facilities, hardware, software, system files, or operating system software in any way that would prevent or interfere with the intended use of the computer system by others.
- I will not access blocked web applications like peer-to-peer sharing.
Computers (Laptops and Desktops) Used on School Property
- When a computer is connected to the Collingwood network, their network traffic (bandwidth usage and applications that access the internet) is logged. When signed into the MYCW Google, all use is logged and not considered private.
- All computers on school property, including personal laptops, must be free of pirated software.
- I may not use technologies that are not directly related to the class during class time unless granted permission by my teacher.
- I must not publish anything online that is not my own unless I am given direct permission from the author or owner.
- All guidelines apply to personal technology devices as well as those owned by the school.
- Students will only print to designated printing stations.
- Only school materials may be printed at school.
- Printers will not be added to any computer that does not conform to the criteria in section II.
Publishing to the Internet: Respect, Protect Self and Others
- I will maintain a positive digital presence; I will not use any inappropriate or disrespectful language in my public or private messages or any other written material I post to the Web. This includes online postings I make on social networks, forums or blogs.
- I will always publish my best work or thoughtful ideas when posting online. Publishing work or ideas on the internet is a very public activity. I understand that even if delete something, it can be found on the web for years afterwards. I will not publish anything I am not comfortable with anyone viewing (parents, teachers, future employers).
- I understand that I am responsible for the content of all material I publish on the Web (privately or publicly) and will not publish anything that causes disrepute to Collingwood School, its students and/or its employees.
- I understand that all material posted to the Web is public and, as such, directly impacts my reputation and the reputation of Collingwood School.
- I will obtain consent from individuals involved before taking, sharing or posting images or video (including live webcams) to the web.
- I will adhere to all copyright laws and will not use my account to plagiarize; any material that is used must be appropriately acknowledged (see Collingwood School Plagiarism Document).
I understand that if I break any of these rules, I will be subject to school sanctions (see note below) and I may be subject to legal action by the proper authorities where violations of provincial or federal laws have occurred. If the police are involved in an investigation, they will be given access to school accounts. Students who bring their own device with school approval must adhere to all elements of the AUP as listed on this document.
Students Under 13 years of Age
Students under 13 years of age should not have accounts for, or be logging into, sites that require the user to be 13 years of age and older such as Facebook, Instagram or other social networking sites. Please understand that by altering their age, their data may be mined. Furthermore, the school is not responsible for the actions of students on social networking accounts that are not sanctioned by the school.
Please understand that:
- We live in a connected world where an online presence and understanding of making valuable and ethical online connections is vital. At Collingwood, we strive to help students become producers of online content instead of only consumers.
- The school account associates the student with Collingwood School, as does a membership in any Collingwood School Network (even if it is not generated or managed by the school). Students should be mindful of this if they are contemplating posting anything that goes against the Collingwood School Honour Code.
- It is unwise to publicize a home address or phone number or other highly personal data on any websites.
- We expect all students of Collingwood School to have Internet access, to handle it responsibly and to use it as a learning tool.
NOTE: School Sanctions for students can mean, anything from being banned from the networks and the computers on campus (even their own while at school), to detentions, to suspensions and expulsion, and possible legal action.