Acceptable Internet Use

Acceptable Internet Use Policy

The Lutie R-VI

School District has actively pursued making advanced technology and increased access to learning opportunities available to our students and staff. We offer Internet services through MoreNET to both students and staff.

We are very pleased to bring this access to the Lutie District and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to students. Our goal in providing this service to students is to promote educational excellence in the Lutie R-VI School District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to:

1. Electronic mail communication with people all over the world

2. Information and news from NASA, as well as the opportunity to correspond with scientists at NASA, and a vast number of other research institutions

3. The World Wide Web, which links schools, businesses, individuals, and government agencies around the world

4. Public domain and shareware of all types

5. Discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics

6. Access to many university library catalogs, the Library of Congress, CARL and ERIC.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. The District has implemented software to limit the scope of access to the Internet by filtering out objectionable material.

Please read and discuss the information below with your child. Your child is responsible for adherence to the following conditions upon enrollment.

CONDITIONS AND RULES FOR INTERNET USE

1. Acceptable Use: The purpose of the Internet is to facilitate communications in support of research and education by providing access to unique resources and an opportunity for collaborative work. To remain eligible as a user, the use of your account must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the District. Access to the Internet is made possible through a grant provided by MoreNET and all users of the Internet must comply with existing rules and Acceptable Use Policies which are incorporated into this document are available from the District. Transmission of any material in violation of the United States or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighting material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

2. Privilege: The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use, including any violation of these conditions and rules, may result in cancellation of the privilege. The Lutie R-VI Board of Education, under this agreement, is the delegated authority to determine appropriate use and may deny, revoke, suspend, or close any user account at any time based upon a determination of inappropriate use by account holder or user. MoreNET will serve as a resource as well as final authority in disputed matters regarding appropriate use.

3. Education & Monitoring: It is all staff members’ responsibility to educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interactions with other individuals on social networking sites/chat rooms, and cyber bullying awareness and response. The district reserves the right to review any material on user accounts and to monitor file server space in order to make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are inappropriate. District staff reserves the right to monitor all student activity on the Internet.

4. Network Etiquette: All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

B. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language. Do not engage in activities prohibited by State or Federal law.

C. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

D. Note that electronic mail (email) is not private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail.

Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities and will result in the loss of privileges.

E. Do not use the Internet in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

F. All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to be the private property of those who put in on the network.

5. No Warranties: MoreNET and the District make no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the

service it is providing. MoreNET and the District will not be responsible for any damages a user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-delivers, or service interruptions caused by the MoreNET or the District’s negligence or by the user’s errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. MoreNET and the District specifically deny any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. All users need to consider the source of any information they obtain and consider how valid that information may be.

6. Security

A. Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. A user must never allow others to use his or her password. Users should also protect their passwords to ensure

system security and their own privileges and ability to continue use of the system.

B. If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.

C. Attempts to log on to the Internet as a system administrator may result in cancellation of user privileges.

D. Any user identified as a security risk for having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet by MoreNET or the District.

7. Vandalism and Harassment

A. Vandalism and harassment will result in cancellation of user privileges.

B. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify, and destroy data of another user, Internet, or other networks that are connected to the backbone. This includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted mail.

8. Procedures for Use

A. Student users must always get permission from their instructors before using the Internet or accessing any specific file or application. FOLLOW WRITTEN and ORAL CLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONS.

B. Student users must sign in legibly on the appropriate log or register in the classroom each time they use the network.

C. Users shall not play games or use the computer resources for other nonacademic activities.

9. Encounter of Controversial Material: Users may encounter material that is controversial and which users, parents, teachers or administrators may consider inappropriate or offensive. However, on the Internet, it is impossible to control completely the content of data and a user may discover controversial materials. It is the user’s Centers must include activities that responsibility not to initiate access to such material. MoreNET or the District shall not be held liable for any division to restrict or regulate access to Internet materials

10. Penalties for Improper Use

A. Any user violating these rules, applicable state and federal laws, or posted classroom and district rules, is subject to loss of Internet privileges and any other District disciplinary options.

B. In addition, pursuant to State of Missouri law, any unauthorized Internet access, attempted access, or use of any state computer and/or network system is a violation of the Missouri Penal Code and/or other applicable feral laws, and is subject to criminal prosecution.