Acceptable Use Agreement

 

Taylors Lakes Secondary College believes the teaching of cyber safe and responsible online behaviour is essential in the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home and school. 21st century students spend increasing amounts of time online, learning and collaborating.

To be safe and to gain the greatest benefit from the opportunities provided through an online environment, students need to do the right thing by themselves and others online, particularly when no one is watching.

Safe and responsible behaviour is explicitly taught at our school and parents/carers are requested to reinforce this behaviour at home.

Taylors Lakes Secondary College uses Compass, the internet and digital technologies as teaching and learning tools. We see them as valuable resources, but acknowledge they must be used responsibly.

Your child has been asked to agree to use Compass, the internet and mobile technologies responsibly both in and outside of school. Parents/carers should be aware that the nature of the internet is such that full protection from inappropriate content can never be guaranteed.

At Taylors Lakes Secondary College we:

·           Have policies in place that outline the values of the school and expected behaviours when students use digital technology and the internet along with how the College will deal with breaches of rules

 

·           Educate our students to be safe and responsible users of digital technologies via our eSmart program and use the Home Group programs to raise our students’ awareness of issues such as online privacy, intellectual  property and copyright

 

·           Support the use of Internet for educational purposes only

 

·           Provide a filtered internet service including computer use monitoring of devices connected to the  College Network. It enables us to track any inappropriate use of the internet and keep accurate records of any use of the internet by any member of the school community

 

·           Provide supervision and direction in online activities and when using digital technologies for learning

 

·           Support students in developing digital literacy skills and work with students to outline and reinforce the expected behaviours

 

·           Respond to issues or incidents that have the potential to impact on the wellbeing of our students including those reported through online services

 

·           Know that some online activities are illegal and as such will be reported to police

 

·           Use mobile technologies for educational purposes (e.g. podcasts or photos from excursions)

 

·           Provide support to parents/carers through information evenings and providing this Acceptable Use Agreement and current information from both the Department of Education and Training and Cybersmart: Bullystoppers Parent Interactive Learning Modules(www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/bullystoppers/Pages/parentmodules.aspx); Parents Cybersafety guide (www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx).