Internet Safety

Internet Safety at School

The Internet has become a very important research and communication tool for students and staff. It is important for schools to provide access to this tool so our students will be well prepared for a technology-advanced future. As useful a tool as it is, the potential to deliver unsafe content is present. Castle Rock Schools are committed to providing a safe Internet reasource. We intend to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which was passed in December, 2000.

Acceptable Use Policy and Opt-Out

This is our first line of defense. The school board and superintendent have agreed upon a new philosophy for Iinternet use at school. The Internet has and is evolving into an indispensible tool for research and learning. We believe the Iinternet is as valuable to students now as books have been in the past. All students will be allowed to utilize the internet without written permission from their guardians.

Parents and guardians who do not want their child to access the Internet at home must submit a written request. The student's teachers will then provide alternate methods of research and learning for those students. Each school will publish acceptable use policies in the student handbooks to inform of expected Internet use and behavior; by signing the student handbook, the parent and child agree upon the Internet use expectations. The consequences of noncompliance will be disciplinary action.

Adult Supervision

Teachers and paraeducators are present in the vicinity of all computer labs and classrooms. This is probably one of the best deterrents to improper Internet use.

Random Monitoring

Castle Rock utilizes a caching web server which produces internet traffic logs. The technology director frequently seaches through the logs looking for key words of unacceptable subject matter. An attempt is made to identify users who have accessed or attempted access to inappropriate materials. When the offending internet surfer is identified disciplinary action is taken. Students usually learn of the disciplinary actions through word of mouth. This has worked well in educating students of proper use.

Filtering and Blocking

Filtering software is in use throughout the district. The software is designed to filter out most of the inappropriate sites. Monitoring reports are generated, showing sites visited. It is hoped that this solution coupled with our Acceptable Use Policies and supervision will make a safer Internet experience for all. Check out this link for more information about Web filtering.

Education and Orientation

All incoming freshmen go through a computer lab orientation in whichInternet use and policies are taught them before they can use technology resources.

Parent Involvement

Parents can be a big help at home by taking responsibility for their own children. Teach them responsibility and monitor use while in the home. We attempt to relay our policies to parents through the use of our AUP agreement. Get involved with your child's online learning and teach them right from wrong. Learn more about protecting your children online .

Disclaimer

It is not always possible for adults to supervise every child for every minute of the day, especially in large lab settings. No filtering software solution is 100% effective; there are simply too many new Iinternet sites created every day. We are making a proactive effort to protect people on our district Internet connections as best we can.

If you have a concern about your child's Internet usage feel free to contact the District technology director or building principal. We will be glad to help.

If you wish to learn more about CIPA, pro's and con's visit the American Library Association's CIPA web site.

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