School District No. 62 (Sooke) INTERNET USE AGREEMENT

Parental/Guardian Consent for Internet Access

Legal and ethical considerations make it imperative that all students who access the Internet from a school-sponsored account understand and agree to abide by the District's Internet Use Agreement as detailed below.

Please go over the agreement with your son or daughter to be sure that you both understand it.

At Belmont Secondary students will automatically receive a school computer account with Internet access in September and a copy of the District's Internet Use Agreement will be sent home. Please sign and return this form to the school. Students who do not return this form by the end of the month will keep the computer account but lose their Internet access.

Introduction

The interconnected worldwide web of computers known as the Internet can provide students with access to the most recent research and the most up-to-date statistics and opinions. Families should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent is to make the Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access inappropriate materials as well. It is, in fact, impossible to completely protect students from accidental exposure to inappropriate materials. For this reason, it is important that the District have an acceptable use agreement providing guidelines for the use of this vital information resource.

Acceptable Uses of School-Sponsored Internet Accounts

  • Research for school assignments.

  • Personal research on appropriate topics.

  • Communication through e-mail for school assignments.

Unacceptable Uses of School-Sponsored Internet Account

  • Uploading to the Internet material that is copyrighted, obscene, offensive, or defamatory, that advocates or condones illegal activity, or that contains a computer virus.

  • Downloading from the Internet material that is copyrighted, obscene, offensive, or defamatory, that advocates or condones illegal activity, or that contains a computer virus.

  • Engaging in any unethical behaviour, including but not limited to invasions of privacy. This would include gaining unauthorized access to any computer systems, records, or correspondence.

  • Endangering any person's safety by publicizing their phone number, address, or other personal information without that person's explicit, written approval.

  • Monopolizing time and bandwidth by accessing the Internet from a school account to conduct business, play games, or use chat lines, or to send or receive personal email messages.

Consequences of Unacceptable Use

  • Suspension of Internet access privileges.

  • Other disciplinary action determined by the school administration.

  • Involvement of law enforcement agencies when applicable.

NOTE: If you DO NOT wish your child to have Internet access at school please contact a school administrator at 478-5501.