Digital Technology Policy
ICT/Cyber-safety User Agreement for Students
The measures to ensure the cyber-safety of Plympton International College are based on our core values. To assist us to enhance learning through the safe use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), we are now asking you to read this document and sign the attached User Agreement Form.
Rigorous cyber-safety practices are in place, which include cyber-safety User Agreements for staff and students, who have been involved in the development of the agreement.
The computer network, Internet access facilities, computers and other ICT equipment/devices bring great benefits to the teaching and learning programs at Plympton International College and to the effective operation of the college. The ICT equipment is for educational purposes appropriate to this environment.
The overall goal of Plympton International College is to create and maintain a cyber-safety culture that is in keeping with our values and with legislative and professional obligations. The User Agreement includes information about your obligations, responsibilities, and the nature of possible consequences associated with cyber-safety breaches that undermine the safety of the college environment.
All students will be issued with a User Agreement (this document) and once signed and returned to school, students will be able to use the college ICT equipment and their own personal devices.
Digital Technology Policy – Electronic Devices, Mobile Phones and Smart Watches
We live in a very exciting time of innovation in technology. We acknowledge mobile and smart devices are an important communication tool between families and students. Naturally new technology presents many challenges. Our college has policies and practices to ensure appropriate use of these devices and helping our students to navigate the ‘digital world’.
Procedures - Student use of mobile devices :
There is a ‘no mobile phone or other such device’ policy during lesson time . All devices must be switched off during lessons and will only be used during lesson time when directed by their teacher for educational purposes.
Phones and cellular watches are not to be used in the school yard and any external communication needs to happen via the front office. This is to ensure the safety of all students.
Phones should be kept in lockers and only used during break times.
Students may not use their mobile devices to make contact with their parents/care givers to organise to be collected from college. If unwell or injured students are required to report to their classroom or home group teacher who will then make contact with office personnel. Parents/care givers will be contacted regarding their child/children’s illness or injury and to arrange for the child/children to be collected.
The college does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged student mobile devices.
It is Department for Education and College policy that all students and their parents/caregivers sign the Digital Technology Policy and ICT/Cyber-safety User Agreement for Students before using devices at the College.
We thank all families for abiding by this. We may need to review our policies if communication occurs outside of these parameters.
Students of DfE ICT facilities must in addition to the Cyber-Safety Use Agreement for Students user policy, agree to the additional following terms and conditions for Office 365 ProPlus:
Students will need to back up their personal computer including all information / data prior to downloading and installing Office 365 Pro Plus.
Material sent and received using the network may be monitored and filtering and/or monitoring software may be used to restrict access to certain sites and data, including e-mail. Where a student is suspected of an electronic crime, this will be reported to the South Australia Police. Where a personal electronic device such as a mobile phone is used to capture images of a crime, such as an assault, the device will be confiscated and handed to the police.
While every reasonable effort is made by schools and DfE administrators to prevent children’s exposure to inappropriate content when using the department’s online services, it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of such exposure. In particular, DfE cannot filter Internet content accessed by your child from home, from other locations away from school or on mobile devices owned by your child. DfE recommends the use of appropriate Internet filtering software.
More information about Internet filtering can be found on the websites of the Australian Communications and Media Authority at http://www.acma.gov.au, NetAlert at http://www.netalert.gov.au, the Kids Helpline at http://www.kidshelp.com.au and Bullying No Way at http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au.
Please contact the Principal, if you have any concerns about your child’s safety in using the Internet and ICT equipment/devices.
‘Cyber-safety’ refers to the safe use of the Internet and ICT equipment/devices, including mobile phones.
‘Cyber bullying’ is bullying which uses e-technology as a means of victimising others. It is the use of an Internet service or mobile technologies - such as e-mail, chat room discussion groups, instant messaging, webpages or SMS (text messaging) - with the intention of harming another person.
‘School and preschool ICT’ refers to the schools or preschool’s computer network, Internet access facilities, computers, and other ICT equipment/devices as outlined below.
‘ICT equipment/devices’ includes computers (such as desktops, laptops), storage devices (such as USB and flash memory devices, CDs, DVDs), cameras (such as video and digital cameras and webcams), all types of mobile phones, gaming consoles, video and audio players/receivers (such as portable CD and DVD players), digital watches and any other, similar, technologies.
‘Inappropriate material’ means material that deals with matters such as sex, cruelty or violence in a manner that is likely to be injurious to children or incompatible with a school or preschool environment.
‘E-crime’ occurs when computers or other electronic communication equipment/devices (eg Internet, mobile phones) are used to commit an offence, are targeted in an offence, or act as storage devices in an offence.
Strategies to help keep Plympton International College Students Cyber-safe
Parents/caregivers play a critical role in developing knowledge, understanding and ethics around their child’s safety and safe practices regardless of the time of day. Being cyber-safe is no exception and we invite you to discuss with your child the following strategies to help us stay safe when using ICT at school [or preschool] and after formal school [or preschool] hours.
To the parent/caregiver/legal guardian
Please read the following information carefully to check that you understand your responsibilities under this agreement.
I understand that Plympton International College will:
My responsibilities include:
Digital Technology Policy and ICT/Cyber-safety User Agreement for Students
I have read and understood this Cyber-Safety User Agreement and I am aware of the school’s initiatives to maintain a cyber-safe learning environment.
Please note: This agreement will remain in force as long as your child is enrolled at this school. If it becomes necessary to add/amend any information or rule, you will be advised in writing.