This policy is current as at 26/08/2019 06:23am, AEST. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.
Outlines appropriate and acceptable student use of internet and online communication services provided by the department.
The department’s policies, resources and guidance materials, relating to the use of mobile digital devices including smartphones in schools, will be reviewed in light of the findings and recommendations made in a recent independent review. We note the NSW Government’s decision of 13 December 2018 to restrict the use of mobile digital devices in NSW public primary schools. This restriction will take place during 2019 (not from 1 January 2019) and departmental policies and guidance material will be updated prior to any implementation of this restriction. Policies, resources and guidance material for secondary schools will also be updated and developed as necessary. Current policies remain in force.
The internet provides an opportunity to enhance students’ learning experiences by providing access to vast amounts of information across the globe. Online communication links students to a collaborative learning environment and is intended to assist with learning outcomes. Today’s students are exposed to online communication tools and the internet in their community. They have the right to expect secure access to these services as part of their learning experiences.
Use of the internet and online communication services provided by the department is intended for research and learning and communication between students and staff. Access to internet and online communication tools at school will assist students to develop the information and communication skills necessary to use the internet effectively and appropriately.
Responsible use of the services by students, with guidance from teaching staff, will provide a secure and safe learning environment.
Students using internet and online communication services have the responsibility to report inappropriate behaviour and material to their supervisors.
Students who use the internet and online communication services provided by the department must abide by the conditions of acceptable usage. They should be made aware of the acceptable usage policy each time they log on.
Students should be aware that a breach of this policy may result in disciplinary action in line with their school’s discipline policy.
This policy applies to all school students located at NSW public schools who access internet and online communication services within the department network and from any external location.
This policy document takes account of the Memorandum Student Access to the Internet of 18 July 1997 and the Memorandum DN/04/00215 – Review by Schools of their Student Access to the Internet Policies.
This policy document should be read as consistent with school discipline, child protection, anti-discrimination and anti-racism policies.
Students will be aware that:
Students will report:
Students should be aware that:
Director, Learning Systems, (02) 9266 8951.
This information is current as at 26/08/2019 06:23am, AEST. For the most up-to-date information, go to https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/online-communication-services-acceptable-usage-for-school-students.
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