Kari Rhame Murphy Developing a Solid Acceptable Use Policy
History of AUP in Texas • Starting Points with TASB – mid 90s (1994) • CIPA – early 2001 • The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires schools and libraries to certify that they are enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes measures to block or filter content for both minors and adults to certain visual depictions. http://tpesc.esc12.net/eplan/cipa.html • HB 3171, Section 38.023 http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/imet/intersafe/index.html • HB 2003
Internet Safety Policy An Internet Safety Policy must address the following issues: • access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web; • the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; • unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online; • unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and • measures designed to restrict minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.
Policy CQ • CQ Legal • CQ Local
Components of AUP • Consent Requirements • Filtering • System Access • Technology Coordinator Responsibilities • Individual User Responsibilities • Online Conduct • Vandalism • Forgery • Information Content • Participation in Chat Rooms • Network Etiquette • Termination of Account • Disclaimer
Writing the AUP • Good knowledge of Digital Citizenship • Good knowledge and philosophy of educational purposes for electronic resources • Organize a committee of parents, students, educators, and administrators (stakeholders)
Points to Consider • District hardware and software • Access to district data – student, financial • Email • Internet • Social media • Social networking • Personal interactive devices
Hidden Points • What is your district tolerance? • What can the technology staff tolerate • What is the community’s perspective and tolerance? • What are you and your administration afraid can happen?
Making the AUP Active • Place in student and staff handbooks • Educate staff, students and parents • Renewal of Agreement with AUP annually • Review and rewrite AUP annually
Educational Resources • Texas Education Agency Internet Safety • http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/imet/intersafe/index.html • Deer Park ISD Cybersafety Education • http://www2.dpisd.org/cybersafety/
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