Parents and teachers are in charge of helping students be good digital citizens. This means they support students in using the internet in ways that are safe, responsible, and appropriate. They also help students follow the rules and etiquette that lead to effective digital learning. Here are the responsibilities expected of students, parents, and teachers:
- Make sure your children act responsibly. This includes knowing and understanding the Discipline Code, Internet Policy, and Social Media Guidelines.
- Keep track of your children's use of the internet when they are outside of school.
- Share values with your children and discuss with them what is and is not acceptable on the internet.
- Follow school and classroom rules for using technology.
- Collaborate in ways that add to the learning environment.
- Act responsibly toward others you interact with face-to-face and/or online.
- Use technology to support an inclusive school community.
- Protect passwords and make sure devices do not automatically save passwords.
- Be careful when providing any personal information and always get a parent's permission before you do.
- Have permission from a parent before meeting anyone in person that you have met only online.
- Respect and care for school work and devices.
- Only download music, photographs, or video if you have permission from your teacher. Follow the owner’s instructions for use. If you don't know whether you can use something you found online, request permission from the owner.
- Only use accounts that belong to you.
- Raise money for school activities only as directed by your teacher.
- Reach out to a trusted adult or Respect for All (RespectForAll@schools.nyc.gov or (212) 374-2350) if you see anything that is inappropriate, threatening, or unkind.
A student who does not act responsibly may face the consequences explained in the Discipline Code and Chancellor’s Regulations.
- Teach students appropriate behavior when interacting with others online, and make sure they are aware of and familiar with ways to react appropriately to cyberbullying.
- Provide students with guidelines and support for safe and responsible use of the internet. Notify parents if student work involves using the internet to communicate with individuals outside the school community (i.e. other classes, experts, authors).
- Provide alternative learning activities if a student’s use of technology is revoked.
- In accordance with the law (the Children’s Internet Protection Act), internet content is blocked if it is inappropriate for minors, lacks educational or work-related content, or poses a threat. Teachers can request that their principal complete the website security change request form to block a site or to unblock a site that is needed for learning purposes.
- Follow Chancellor’s Regulation A-610 to raise money for school activities.
- Reach out to a supervisor if you encounter inappropriate use or communications that violate DOE policies or regulations.
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