IT Acceptable Use Policy
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IT Responsible Use for BIFS Students Grades 6-12
At Busan International Foreign School students are required to have a laptop as part of our academic program. We believe that this offers our students a wide range of ways to enhance their learning experience. We want students to have the freedom to use their laptops to explore different ideas and concepts as we believe that the ability to inquire plays a key role in their education.
It is also imperative that we offer a safe environment for all of our students to work. It is important that students know their rights and responsibilities when using technology at our school. The Acceptable Use Policy outlines the responsibilities that our students need to agree to and abide by so we are able to offer a safe and efficient IT environment.
A: Scope of this policy and definitions
The IT Acceptable Use Policy applies to all IT and audiovisual technology provided by the school “IT facilities”, which includes:
- IT devices: such as school owned computers, servers, network equipment, tablets, printers, projectors, interactive whiteboards, video and DSLR cameras, and any peripherals which connect to them such as – but not limited to – monitors, keyboards, mice, power connectors and chargers.
- Internet services: provided by the school, which allow wireless and fixed-line connection to the Internet.
- Internet-based resources: including school-owned websites including – but not limited to – www.bifskorea.org, and services where the school has accounts, including – but not limited to – Facebook and Twitter.
- Network accounts: with services including – but not limited to – ManageBac, Naviance, Weebly, and Google Apps for Education.
- Data: which includes school information and files stored on the school network or on the school’s cloud based storage.
B: Student Responsibilities towards the school’s IT equipment
All students must :
- Take care and look after all of the School owned IT facilities that are offered, and must immediately take responsibility for any damage.
- Make sure that all IT equipment is not moved from its original position without express permission from a member of staff. IT equipment can only be taken off the school site with express written permission from a member of IT services, and must be returned by the agreed date.
- Understand that reconfiguring any piece of IT equipment could potentially damage the equipment and or data that it holds, and therefore they may be liable if they reconfigure any piece of IT equipment without consulting a member of IT Services first.
- Understand that any attempt to gain unauthorized access, or interfere with, the normal operation of the school’s IT facilities is a very serious offence, and that any attempt to do this may result in serious consequences.
- Only make use of school owned IT devices when they have been given authorization to do so and are being supervised by a member of staff.
- Report any concerns that you have with the IT facilities to a teacher immediately, who can then report it to IT Services.
- Understand that any use of the school’s IT facilities to commit criminal acts will be reported to the relevant authorities, and could result in criminal prosecution.
- Understand that the school adheres to the principle of Copyright. Any use of other people’s intellectual property must be cited using the method approved by the teacher, and any attempt to pass off someone else’s idea or work as your own is a very serious offence. For further information please see the BIFS Academic Honesty Policy.
- Only download files from legal websites that adhere to copyright laws. Therefore the use of illegal websites and BitTorrents to download files is prohibited.
- Keep your usernames and passwords to the school’s IT facilities private, and never share it with anyone else.
- Be aware that installing software on the schools IT devices can cause a large range of security issues, and therefore any requests for new software must go to the Head of IT Services.
- Refrain from using the school’s IT facilities for gaming, unless specifically authorized to do so as part of the school’s educational and social activities.
C: Student IT Responsibilities whilst using their own Laptops in School.
We are committed to offering students a wide range of software and online resources so that students are able to fully utilize their laptops in school and for school related activities. It is however important that students use these technologies in a mature and responsible way so that all members of the school community can work in a safe and caring working environment.
- Balanced:The school understands that each student’s laptop is their own private property, and that students have the ability to use their laptops for their own personal use outside of lesson time. It is therefore important that they strike a balance between personal use and school work use. All students should only use their laptops for school work purposes during lesson time.
- Caring: Respect each other whilst you are online, including using email and social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter. It is also essential that all students respect each other’s privacy and do not try and access other people’s user accounts.
- Open-Minded: To understand that people have different values and methods of doing things. To use technology to access a range of points of view and be willing to grow from what we learn.
- Inquirers: To inquire about the source of information on the Internet and question its reliability and integrity.
- Principled: To follow the principles of Copyright and Creative Commons. In order to do this students should cite sources of information correctly using an appropriate method.
- Knowledgeable: To understand and know that whilst the Internet offers us a vast range of possibilities and opportunities for learning that there are certain rules and regulations that have to be acknowledged and respected, including Copyright and the IT AUP.
- Thinker and reflective: It is always important to think and reflect on what you write on the computer before you send or submit it to make sure that it is not offensive to the recipient.
- Communicator: Make sure that you communicate any concerns or problems that you have whilst using the school’s IT Systems to your teacher.
- Risk-Takers: To be willing to try new tools to enhance learning and face challenges as an opportunity to learn.
Busan International Foreign School reserves the right to modify this policy at any time. Each time a modification is made, students will be notified and asked to sign the modified document.