Vermont SC eSmart policy

eSMART Policy

@ February 2015

Vermont Secondary College uses the Internet as a learning tool to improve student learning outcomes by increasing access to worldwide information. The school embraces the benefits of technology and is committed to reducing students’ exposure to cyber-risks (such as cyberbullying, online sexual predation, sexting, identity theft and fraud) when using the Internet, mobile phones and other electronic personal devices. This policy should be read in conjunction with the ‘Mobile device, Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy’.

 

PURPOSE

The aim of the policy is to:

Establish an eSmart culture which is in keeping with the Vermont Values and the expectations outlined in the ‘Mobile device, Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy’ and the College Student Engagement Policy which includes

Actions and consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

Educate VSC students to be smart, safe, responsible and ethical users of digital technologies.

Recognise that explicitly teaching students about safe and responsible online behaviour is essential in the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home and school.

Achieve accreditation as an eSmart school by meeting all criteria as outlined in the eSmart System Tools.

IMPLEMENTATION

  1. Staff are trained in the philosophies of the eSmart program and are provided with the information necessary for Cyber safety education.
  2. Students will undertake a range of Cyber safety programs and are required, with their parents to sign an AUA Agreement before they will be permitted to use any information and communications technology (ICT) at school.
  3. The school community will be provided with Cyber safety information on a regular basis.
  4. Safe and responsible online behaviour is explicitly taught at our school and parents/carers are

requested to reinforce this behaviour at home.

  1. VSC staff will raise student awareness of issues such as online privacy and intellectual property

including copyright, and that some online activities are illegal and will be reported to police.

  1. VSC will supervise students when using digital technologies for educational purposes and provide a filtered internet service whilst acknowledging that full protection from inappropriate content can never be guaranteed.
  2. Mobile phones and other personal electronic devices may be brought to school. Parents and students must comply with the conditions of use as outlined in the ‘Mobile device, Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy’.
  3. VSC will respond to issues or incidents that have the potential to impact on the wellbeing of our

students.

  1. All incidents of Cyberbullying must be referred to the Student Managers, Heads of House in accordance with the Procedures outlined in our Cyber Bullying and Harassment Incident Procedure
  2. Parents will be notified and expected to meet with school staff if students are involved in any

incident of cyberbullying.

  1. Students are advised to report an incident to their teacher immediately if:

They have experienced an incident of Cyberbullying.

They feel the welfare of other students at the school is being threatened.

They come across sites which are not suitable for our school.

Someone writes something they don’t like, makes them or their friends feel uncomfortable or

asks them to provide private information.

They accidentally do something which is against the rules and responsibilities they have agreed

to.

  1. The eSmart Agreement and Cyber Bullying and Harassment Incident Procedure also applies during school excursions, camps and extra –curricular activities.

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