Acceptable Use Policy
Computers are a valuable tool for education at Delone Catholic High School; the faculty/staff encourage the proper use of computer related technology including the Internet. Students and all users of computer technology have a responsibility to use these tools properly and in accordance with the policy below. No student will be able to use the Internet without this agreement signed and on file with the computer technology teacher and/or the office of the Dean of Students.
- To provide a variety of electronic tools to help students and teachers develop the ability to evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources
- To enable students to work effectively with various computer/communication technology.
- To encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will be needed in this increasingly electronic and global society?
Responsibilities of User
Christian morality obliges each person to use all things in ways that are good and meaningful for human development. With right of access comes the responsibility to use the source both correctly and wisely. Delone Catholic High School students and staff and all those who use the school’s computers are expected to exercise wise judgment, common sense and good taste in selecting sites and material from the Internet. Staff will assist in monitoring Internet sites used but it is the responsibility of each user to monitor his/her use of technology resources, especially the Internet.
General Guidelines for Use of the Internet
- Computers are to be used only for the purpose of academic or other authorized activities.
- All users are required to take simple Internet training (how to sign on, log off, etc.) from a teacher.
- The Network Administer or computer teacher has the right to monitor and to judge the acceptability of all activities. Sites will also be monitored through an appropriate content filter. Students may not attempt to deprive authorized personnel of any necessary supervision or access.
- Any attempt to go around system security, (hacking or any unauthorized activity) guessing passwords or in any way attempt to gain access to secured resources is forbidden.
- Use of proxy sites or another other means to circumvent filtering software is strictly prohibited.
- No user may deliberately attempt to degrade the performance of any computer system. Users will not move, repair, reconfigure, modify or attach external devices to the systems.
- Use of the Internet for commercial gains or for profit is not allowed from an educational site.
- E-mail may be used in correspondence with professionals or regarding subject matter relevant to research. The e-mail is only used with permission. No personal e-mail is permitted.
- No student is allowed to enter a chat room. Staff and other adult users are likewise asked to avoid chat rooms when using the school’s computer.
- Use of electronic mail and other Internet facilities to harass, offend or annoy other users is strictly forbidden.
- Transferring copyrighted material to or from Delone Catholic High School without express permission of the owner is a violation of Federal Law. The student is deemed responsible to see that this does not occur.
- Additional rules and restrictions may be added at any time.
- Deliberate spreading of a virus through the use of the Internet or a disk is strictly forbidden.
Delone Catholic High School will adhere to the policy as stated in the Diocese of Harrisburg Policy Handbook. It includes the following paragraph:
“The Internet is a public forum with unrestricted access. For this reason, the schools in the diocese restrict permission for the posting of information related to the school, the staff and students on the Internet. No person is permitted to use the school name or images of the school, the school logo or seal, school staff or students in any form on the Internet or in any form of electronic communication without specific written permission from the school administration. The posting of any such information on any website, social networking site, bulletin board, chat-room, e-mail, or other messaging system without permission, or posting or transmission of images or information in any format related to the school, staff or students that are defamatory, scurrilous, pornographic, or which could be construed as threatening or impugning the character of another person is prohibited and will make any person involved in the posting or transmission of such subject to disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the administration of the school, or by the diocese.”
Computer Use Rules
- Protect privacy. For reasons of personal safety, students will not post personal contact information about themselves or other people. This may include address, telephone number, school address, etc. Students will not knowingly or carelessly post false information about a person(s) or organization(s).
- Research honestly. Consider that all work on the Internet is copyrighted. Students will not plagiarize works they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were your own. The illegal downloading of copyrighted software for use on home and school computers is prohibited. All sources for research taken from the internet for projects must be documented correctly.
- Respect life. Fraudulent, harassing, violent, libelous, obscene, discriminatory, religiously offensive, ethically offensive, and other inappropriate materials or messages may not be e-mailed, printed, requested, displayed, uploaded, downloaded or stored.
- Respect property. Students will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt computer systems, or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal as well as immoral.
- Students who do not use Internet and other computer resources in an ethical manner will lose computer use privileges at the school. Further disciplinary action will be determined by the Principal/Computer Teacher/Dean of Students. All rules and sanctions will be enforced with personal devices capable of internet connectivity when used on school property.
- Disciplinary or legal action may be taken by the school or other interested parties.
Laws governing computer use currently exist in Pennsylvania. Violations of the above policies may constitute a criminal offense punishable under Pennsylvania or United States Federal law. As an example, under Pennsylvania law, " ... it is a felony punishable by fine up to $15,000 and imprisonment up to seven years for any person to access, alter, or damage any computer system, network, software, database, or any part thereof, with the intent to interrupt the nonnal functioning of an organization (18 Pa. c.c. 3933)(a)(1) ... " “… Disclosing a password to a computer system, network, etc., knowingly and without authorization, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to five years, as is intentional and unauthorized access to a computer, interference with the operation of a computer or network, or alteration of computer software (18 Pa. C.S. 3933)(a)(2) and (3) …”
Web 2.0 Tools
Use of New Web Tools
Online communication is critical to our students’ learning of 21st Century Skills and tools such as blogging and podcasting offer an authentic, real-world vehicle for student expression. However, such technologies can open up real dangers to students. So, expectations for classroom blogs, wikis, student protected e-mail, and podcast projects or other Web interactive use must follow all established Internet safety guidelines. Part of the process of using web 2.0 tools is educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness and response. General Guidelines for Internet Safety follow.
Blogging/Podcasting Terms and Conditions
- The use of blogs, wikis, pod casts or other web 2.0 tools is an extension of a classroom and school. Therefore, any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate in all uses of blogs, podcasts or other web 2.0 tool. This includes but is not limited to profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks.
- Students using blogs, podcasts or other web tools are expected to act safely by keeping ALL personal information out of their posts.
- A student should NEVER post personal information on the web (including, but not limited to, last names, personal details including address or phone numbers, or photographs). Do not, under any circumstances, agree to meet someone you have met over the Internet.
- Any personal blog a student creates in class is directly linked to the class blog which is typically linked to the student profile, and therefore must follow these blogging guidelines. In addition to following the information above about not sharing too much personal information (in the profile or in any posts/comments made), student need to realized that anywhere they use that login it links back to the class blog. Therefore, anywhere that login is used (posting to separate personal blog, commenting on someone else's blog, etc.), the account should be treated as a school blog and follow these guidelines. Comments made on blogs are monitored and will be deleted when inappropriate.
- Never link to web sites from your blog or blog comment without reading the entire article to make sure it is appropriate for a school setting.
- Students using such tools agree to not share their user names or password with anyone besides their teachers and parents and treat blogs as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is also inappropriate for a blog.
- Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in the project and be subject to consequences spelled out by the student handbook.
- Students should respect and protect the intellectual property of others by not plagiarizing or infringing on copyrights on any school computer or through the use of web 2.0 tools. (No making illegal copies of music, games or movies).
Internet Safety Rules for Minors
- Do not give out information about yourself like your last name, phone number, address or school – without asking your parents first.
- Never e-mail a picture of yourself to strangers.
- Be suspicious of those who want to know too much. There is no rule that says you have to tell them where you live or anything else personal. Trust your instincts. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, leave.
- Avoid chat rooms or discussion areas that look sketchy or provocative, and do not let people online trick you into thinking of them as real-life friends if you have never met them in person. If somebody says something to you that makes you uncomfortable or if somebody sends you something or you see something that makes you uncomfortable, don't look around or explore: Get your parents instead - they know what to do.
- Making plans to meet your Internet buddies in real life is usually a bad idea. If you decide to do it anyway, have your parents help make the plans and go with you.
- Do not open up e-mails, files or Web pages that you get from people you don't know or trust. The same goes for links or URLs that look suspicious – do not click on them.
- Don't give out your password, except to responsible adults in your family.
- Be honest about your age. Membership rules are there to protect people. If you are too young to sign up, do not attempt to lie about your age.
- Talk with your parents about alternative sites that may be appropriate for you.
Web 2.0 Tools and Technologies
Web 2.0 tools and applications are about users and content, instead of just surfing on the Internet. It is about what the Internet can do for an active collaborator, rather than a passive viewer. One major advantage of Web 2.0 tools is that the majority of them are free.
If an individual was interested in video games, they might search a pod cast submission Web site (like Podcast.net) and download an audio review of a game to listen to on their computer. A Podcast is syndicated audio, or video produced by traditional media such as radio and television or by individuals passionate about a particular subject.
They may then decide to comment about this audio review on their Blogger or Wordpress blog. A blog or Weblog is a chronological, online diary. Individuals can subscribe to a person's blog, which allows them to read it and to write comments in response to blog posts.
If this weblog has an RSS feed in place, subscribers to the blog can choose to be automatically notified of this new blog post. RSS (or Really Simple Syndication), is a method for delivering regularly changing Web content. Many blogs and Internet publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to allow people to subscribe to it easily.
This individual may decide that they would like more people to be able to see and remark on the blog post. They could do this by submitting the blog post to a social bookmarking site like Del.icio.us. Social bookmarking sites are Web sites that allow shared lists of user-created Internet bookmarks to be displayed and commented on. Social bookmarking sites allow you to organize your bookmarks by allocating a number of 'tags' to them. This makes it easy for other people who may be interested in a particular group to find related bookmarks.
People who visit the bookmark site for this 'games review' tag are likely to see your bookmark. As more people find your bookmark and comment on it, you'll find yourself part of a collection of people who have a shared interest in video games - You are now 'social networking'. *The above is from: http://www.webreference.com/promotion/web20/
Technology Policy for Social Media
“The new digital technologies are, indeed, bringing about fundamental shifts in patterns of communication and human relationships. The desire for connectedness and the instinct for communication that are so obvious in contemporary culture are best understood as modern manifestations of the basic an d enduring propensity of humans to reach beyond themselves and to seek communion with others. In reality, when we open ourselves to others, we are fulfilling our deepest need and becoming more fully human. Loving is, in fact, what we are designed for by our creator.” ~Pope Benedict XVI
Message for the 2010 World Communications Day
Social media can be powerful tools for strengthening community as it becomes the platform to inform, communicate and network, but it should not be viewed as a substitute for face-to-face interaction. The use of social media tools will enhance the communication among Delone Catholic High School families and fans through the use of E-Chalk and Facebook, but in the future may include Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sources of communication.
Communicating in the World and Protecting Our Values
Delone Catholic is committed to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, growth, service, integrity, responsibility, accountability and justice. The following guiding principles and policies provide a foundation for appropriate online communication at DCHS with integrity and responsibility at the forefront. While we respect the right of students, employees, alumni and other members of our community to utilize the variety of social media options available, we require that the following guiding principles and policies be followed by our community members at all times who participate in DCHS sponsored sites.
Consult the Faculty Handbook and/or Student/Parent Handbook. Be aware that all existing policies and behavior guidelines extend to school related activities in the online environment, as well as on school premises.
Use good judgment. Think about the type of image that you want to convey on behalf of the school when you are posting to social networks and social media sites. Comments to DCHS-sponsored sites are welcomed and encouraged and we look forward to this exchange of communication from our community. To promote respectful discussion within this forum, we request that the participant be courteous and productive and avoid comments that are profane, obscene, offensive, sexually explicit, inappropriate, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable. Remember that what you post will be viewed and archived permanently online once you hit the “publish” button. On sites where you publicize your professional affiliation, make sure that your profile adheres to established criteria.
By posting a comment or other material to DCHS-sponsored sites, participants give DCHS the irrevocable right and license to exercise all copyright, publicity and moral rights with respect to any content participants provide, which includes using participant submission(s) for any purpose, in any form and on any media, including, but not limited to: displaying, modifying, reproducing, distributing, creating other works from, and publishing participant submissions. DCHS reserves the right to review all comments and to edit them to preserve readability and to demonstrate respect for other users.
DCHS further reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion which submissions meet its qualifications for posting; and to reject or remove comments for any reason, including, but not limited to, our belief that the comments violate this Social Media Policy. Any submissions that fail to follow this Social Media Policy in any way or are otherwise irrelevant will be removed.
We also reserve the right to amend this Social Media Policy, as needed in our judgment, to address issues that may arise, and/or changes in our operations of the law.
In posting material on DCHS-sponsored sites, participants agree not to:
- Post material that DCHS determines is threatening, harassing, illegal, obscene, defamatory, slanderous or hostile towards any individual or entity.
- Post phone numbers, email addresses or other confidential information of students, faculty or any other person other than yourself. If participants choose to post individual, private contact information for any other reason, please be aware that the information will be available to the public and is, therefore, subject to misuse.
- Post material that infringes on the rights of DCHS or any individual entity.
- Post material that violates the privacy of individuals and/or their intellectual property without prior approval.
- Post material that promotes or advertises a commercial product or solicits business or membership or financial or other support in any business, group or organization, except those which are officially sponsored by DCHS, except in designated areas specifically marked for this purpose.
- Post chain letters, post the same comment multiple times, or otherwise distribute “spam” via the DCHS-sponsored site.
- Allow any other individual or entity to use participant identification for posting or viewing comments.
- Post comments under multiple names, alias or false identity.
DCHS reserves the right to undertake any or all of the following:
- Ban future posts from people who violate this Social Media Policy. We may affect such bans by refusing posts from specific email or IP addresses, or through other means, as necessary.
- Remove or edit comments at any time, whether or not they violate this Policy.
Posting Photos, Videos and Audio Files
Photos, videos and audio files including, but not limited to, the presence or mention of alcohol, drugs, smoking, illegal behavior or any content deemed inappropriate for the DCHS community are a violation of these guidelines and will be removed.
For the protection and safety of all in the DCHS community, those using DCHS social media sites should never identify a student, parent or faculty member using the full name (first and last names) with a picture, video or audio file.
A participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Diocese of Harrisburg, Delone Catholic High School, its affiliates, Board of Directors, employees and successors, and assigns against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, causes of action, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs0 arising out of any claim by a third party relating to any material a participant has posted on DCHS-sponsored sites.
By posting a comment or material of any kind on a DCHS-sponsored site, the participant hereby agrees to the Social Media Policy set forth above.
Process for Reporting Abuse
Because of the fast-paced nature of postings, participants are encouraged to report immediately any posts they deem inappropriate. Please email email@example.com with any concerns so that the issue may be dealt with in a timely fashion. Please provide a detailed description of the post’s location.
Faculty Use of Social Networking Sites
DCHS respects the right of employees to use social media and networking sites, as well as personal websites and blogs, but it is important that employees’ personal and professional use of these sites does not damage the school’s reputation, its employees or its students or their families. Employees should exercise care in setting appropriate boundaries between their personal and public online behavior; understanding that what is private in the digital world often has the possibility of becoming public, even without their knowledge or consent. The school strongly encourages all employees to carefully review the privacy settings on any social media and networking sites they use and to exercise care and good judgment when posting content and information on such sites.
The nature of all social media communication and settings used by employees with students must be strictly professional and educational in manner. When using a social media site, an employee should not include current students as “friends” or “followers” in social networks or any other similar terminology used by various sites for personal use. However, an employee may establish or create a page or a group for professional and educational purposes for public engagements, such as fundraising and public communication. In-house communications of student clubs, teams or co-curricular activities are supported by the school’s content and communication management system. If an employee maintains or participates in a DCHS-sponsored online community that extends to persons who are parents, alumni, or other constituents, he/she must exercise good judgment about any content that is shared on the site. Additionally, employees should adhere to the following guidelines, which are consistent with the school’s workplace standards on harassment, student relationships, employee conduct, professional communication and confidentiality:
- An employee should not make statements that would violate any of the school’s policies, including its policies concerning discrimination or harassment.
- The employee must uphold the school’s value of respect for the individual and avoid making defamatory statements about the school, its employees, its students or their families.
- An employee may not disclose any confidential information of the school or confidential information obtained during the course of his/her employment, about any individuals or organizations, including students and/or their families.
- An employee may not participate in spreading false or unsubstantiated rumors or false information. Strive to speak the truth.
- Employees working with minors/youth are to use only organizational email rather than personal email accounts.
If the school believes that an employee’s activity on a social networking site, blog or personal website violates the school’s policies, the school may request that the employee cease such activity. Depending on the severity of the incident, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action.
Creating and Maintaining Official DCHS Social Networking Sites
All official DCHS social networking sites must be approved by the Principal and should adhere to the following standards:
- Logos and graphics used on the site must be consistent with the branding standards and usage guidelines of the school.
- Sites that accept comments or posting by anyone other than the site administrator shall be monitored to ensure that information displayed fits within DCHS guidelines and is appropriate to the subject matter of the page; and
- Students should not be expected to utilize the site as a source of important/needed educational information for the following reasons:
- Student access to social networking sites is restricted on the DCHS campus network.
- Parental permission to utilize social media sites may not be granted.
Student Use of Social Media
First and foremost, students with parental permission to utilize social media are encouraged to always exercise the utmost caution when participating in any form of social media or online communications, both with the DCHS community and beyond.
Students who participate in online interactions must remember that their posts reflect on the entire DCHS community and, as such, are subject to the same behavioral standards set forth in the Student Code of Conduct and the Acceptable Use Policy.
In addition to the regulations found in the Student Handbook, students are expected to abide by the following:
- To protect the privacy of DCHS students and faculty, students my not, under any circumstances, create digital still photos, digital video or audio recordings of DCHS community members either on campus or at off-campus DCHS events for online publications or distribution without the knowledge and consent of those being recorded or photographed.
- Be aware of what you post online. Social media venues are very public. What you contribute leaves a digital footprint for all to see. Do not post anything you would not want friends, enemies, parents, teachers or future employers to see.
- Be safe online. Never give out personal information, including, but not limited to, last names, phone numbers, addresses, exact birth dates and pictures. Do not share your password with anyone except your parents.
- Do your own work! Do not use other people’s intellectual property without their permission. Be aware that it is a violation of copyright law to copy and paste others’ thoughts. It is good practice to hyperlink your sources.
- Be aware that pictures, videos, songs and audio clips may also be protected under copyright laws. Verify that you have permission to use the images, videos, songs or other clips.
- How you represent yourself online is an extension of yourself. Do not misrepresent yourself by using someone else’s identity.
- Blog and wiki posts should be well written. Follow writing conventions including proper grammar, capitalization and punctuation.
- Students may not use social media sites to publish disparaging or harassing remarks about DCHS community members, athletic or academic contest rivals or any individual, organization or entity.
- Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to access online tools.
This Social Media Policy will be in addition to the DCHS Acceptable Use Policy. Failure to abide by these policies, as well as with other policies at DCHS, may result in disciplinary action as described in the Student/Parent Handbook or as determined by the school administration.
As partners in the education of our children, we are asking parents to monitor their child’s social media use. If your child refuses to grant you access to their account, we strongly recommend that you have them deactivate the account. The following steps will further assist parents in monitoring their children:
- Be aware of what devices your child is using to access the Internet (phone, laptop, Wii, IPad, etc.).
- Emphasize the public nature of social media sites.
- Discuss the permanence behind posting comments, pictures and video. Even if a posting is removed, a digital footprint will be left in its place.
- Talk with your child about his/her privacy settings and work together to adjust them appropriately.
- Review your child’s friends list.
- Parents have the right to demand any information on the Internet about their child be removed.
- Bishop Lynch High School – http://www.bishoplynch.org/page.aspx?pid=1771
- Pensacola Catholic High School – http://www.pensacolachs.org/files/1381209/social%20media%20policy.pdf
- Thomas Episcopal School – http://www.stthomaskids.com/socialmedia.pdf
- Diocese of Harrisburg Computer End User Policy
- Diocese of Harrisburg Code of Conduct for Adult Employees and Volunteers
- Code of Conduct for Minors in Youth Activities
- Hudson High School – http://www.hudsonhs.com/home
- Federal Trade Commission – http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec13.shtm
Cell Phone Policy
Because cell phones and other technology devices are a distraction to the educational process, the following revised policy is being implemented effective January 2015.
All cell phones/communication devices must be powered OFF between 7:40 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
If a student is found using a cellphone/technology device during school hours or the device is not powered OFF during school hours, it will be taken to the Dean of Students’ office. Cell phones/technology devices that are confiscated are subject to the perusal of the administration. Any pictures or messages deemed to be in violation of criminal code will be forwarded to law enforcement.
Violation of this cell phone/technology device policy will be as follows:
- The first offense will be three demerits and three hours of detention.
- The second offense will result in 1day in-school suspension.
- The third offense will result in three days in-school suspension.
A parent/guardian is required to pick up the cell phone/technology device from the Dean of Student’s office at their convenience with each offense.
If students have an emergency during the school day, they may use the phone in the Main Office. If a parent must contact a student during the school day due to an emergency, please call the Main Office and the student will be summoned to the office.
The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen items to include cell phones or any other technology devices