Taylor Community School Corporation

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Internet access is available on a limited basis to students and teachers in the Taylor Community School Corporation. The school is bringing this access to our students in order that they may receive a broad-based exposure to knowledge and experiences. This program will aid in meeting the educational needs of its students. It will also help our students accomplish educational goals, which are significant, durable and transferable.

 

The internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers may have access to:

    • Electronic mail communication with people all over the world

    • Remote login to computers around the world

    • Research using Archie, Gopher, Wide Area Information Servers

    • The World Wide Web which allows all of the above using graphics and sounds

    • Discussion groups on any topic imaginable

    • Talking in real time to other users anywhere on the Internet.

Students will have limited access that is teacher-directed. Internet access is a privilege that may be granted during the regular school day. Access after school will only be permitted under the principal's approved supervision.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Taylor Community School Corporation has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials.

Because the Internet provides access to other computer systems around the world, it is specifically understood that the school system does not have control of the content of information residing on these other systems. Students and parents are advised that some systems may contain defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually-oriented, threatening, racially-offensive or illegal material. The Taylor Community School Corporation does not condone the use of such materials and does not permit the usage of such material in the school environment. Students who bring such materials into the school may have the privilege of using school technology taken away and will be dealt with according to the discipline policies of the individual school building.

It is generally accepted that the educational value of students' Internet access is the joint responsibility of students, parents and employees of Taylor Community School Corporation.

Examples of unacceptable use that may result in the suspension or revoking of the Internet privilege include but are not limited to:

• Using the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts

• Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities

• Accessing, transmitting, uploading, or downloading pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit materials

• Violating any local, state, or federal statute

• Vandalizing, damaging, or disabling the property of another person or organization.

Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include but are not limited to the following:

1. Be polite. Do not get abusive in messages to others. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or other inappropriate language.

2. Do not reveal personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

3. Do not respond to unsolicited online contact Inform administration immediately.

4. Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private.   Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

5. It is possible for students to purchase goods and services via the Internet. These purchases could result in unwanted financial obligations on the part of the parent. Under no circumstances should a credit card number be used on the Internet.

The Taylor Community School Corporation does not warrant the functions or services performed by, or the information or software contained on the system will meet the member's requirements or that the operation of the system will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects in the system will be corrected. The Corporation does not make any warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to any services provided by same and any information or software contained therein.

System users specifically agree to indemnify the Taylor Community School Corporation for any losses, costs or damage incurred by the Corporation arising out of any breach of this section.

Any and all provisions of the Acceptable Use Policy are subordinate to local, state and federal statutes.